Directed by Charles Vidor • 1945 • United States
Starring Paul Muni, Merle Oberon, Cornel Wilde
The life, love, and music of Frédéric Chopin are celebrated in this lushly romanticized biopic. Under the tutelage of his mentor Joseph Elsner (Paul Muni), the young Chopin (Cornel Wilde, in an Academy Award–nominated performance) emerges as both a virtuoso pianist and a promising composer. When he is forced to flee his native Poland, Chopin relocates to Paris, where he fights to have his genius recognized and begins a complex relationship with the celebrated writer George Sand (Merle Oberon).