Ein Lied von Liebe und Tod (Gloomy Sunday AKA The Piano Player)


They're coming

- Hello?

- Hello

Mr. Ambassador

It's an honor to welcome you

And a very happy birthday

Thank you

I've often said to my wife

that I must show her Budapest

as long as we are still alive and well

He's been promising that for 50 years

How nice that you've kept the name

I knew Mr. Szabo well

I'm afraid that was before my time

I spent many hours in this restaurant

as a young man

Hopefully not waiting for the food...

And here are your beef rolls

Please play the song

You know, the famous one

It's just like it was


- Doctor

- Yes

Make way

That song, it's a curse!

Although it was written for love

For her, sixty years ago

Thank you

Every good restaurant needs a piano

The "Gundel" has a Gypsy band

American tourists think a Hungarian

Restaurant must have Gypsy violins

But if fiddling becomes more important

than goulash, you start neglecting the kitchen

The porkolt Gundel serves these days has

the zoo elephants holding their trunks

The carp in the aquarium would

rather drown than smell it

You should have stayed

with your music

So you could have saved on a pianist



Andras Aradi... I'm here to audition

You're an hour late

We already have a pianist

Let him audition, Laszlo

Please, let him audition.

For me


- Can I get you anything else?

- No... thanks very much

Perhaps the gentleman at the piano

could play "Komm Zigan"

When I hear you play,

I regret I stopped singing

You used to sing?

I actually trained

But after two years, I realized

I wasn't good enough for the concert hall

I'm not good enough

for the concert hall either

But you play

I'll play "Komm Zigan" whenever it's requested

I'll get you coffee

A piano should be nice and shiny

But not a suit

Sorry, it's the only one I have

I could start saving for a new one

I can't wait that long

I'll buy you one

If your music makes you rich,

you can pay me back

- Here

- Thank you.

Variation No. 1?

Have you noticed? Our new pianist

has fallen under your spell, too

What do you mean, "too"?

Who else has fallen for me?

I can think of a few...

Variation No. 2...

One who's so enthralled... he'd like it best

If you always bathed in his tub

I like things just the way they are

Come, scrub my back

Is that my back?

I can't help it, it's the soap...

It's so slippery

For the German. Table 7

You know what he calls our

Magyar roulade? "Beef roll."

Him again?

You're a blessing for business

He eats his 'beef roll' here every day

because you bring them

Then let him have them

before they get cold

Look, the new small format camera

from Leica

The newest innovation from Germany

See, the film is only 35mm wide and fits

in this little cartridge

The most amazing thing is the

split-image rangefinder

Right now I see two of you,

Miss llona

Now the images are

moving toward each other

When there's only one image,

you're in focus

Good German craftsmanship

Your beef roll is getting cold

Angels don't get older, but they

have birthdays all the same

So they can sip champagne

All the best to you on your birthday,

my angel

How beautiful!

Because every day with you

is like getting flowers

To llona!

To llona!

To Miss llona!

Thank you!

I don't really have anything,

just a little melody

It's not quite finished yet,

but it's just for you

Hands off the piano!

I only wanted to serenade

Miss lloan, too

Our customers can do as they like...

except enter the kitchen, or touch the piano

The melody is so touching

Is it really your own?


You actually wrote it yourself?

Yes, Mr. Szabo

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