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    I don't know how else to call them but I'm talking about movies such as Amadeus, The Music Lovers, Copying Beethoven, Tous les matins du monde (All the World's Mornings) or Le maître de musique (The Music Teacher). Basically, any movie with a main focus on classical music.

    Are there any other fans of these kinds of films around here?

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    I haven't seen many, so I can't quite consider myself a fan yet, but there is one French film about a chorus director at an all boys' school back in the mid-1800s, I believe. The headmaster is corrupt and takes credit for the instructor's successes himself, and ends up firing the instructor after a fire at the school (the reason was unrelated to the fire).

    I wish I could remember what it was called, but I don't do well with remembering things like that. I really enjoyed it, though.
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    A pretty good film that I can recommend is called Shine, about a virtuosic Australian pianist whose conflicting relationship with his father drives him past the brink.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GothicBard View Post
    I haven't seen many, so I can't quite consider myself a fan yet, but there is one French film about a chorus director at an all boys' school back in the mid-1800s, I believe. The headmaster is corrupt and takes credit for the instructor's successes himself, and ends up firing the instructor after a fire at the school (the reason was unrelated to the fire).

    I wish I could remember what it was called, but I don't do well with remembering things like that. I really enjoyed it, though.
    It's Les Choristes (English- "The Chorus"), directed by Christophe Barratier. Really fine film.
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    SHINE!

    hehe, good ol' Rachmaninoff

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    There are a large number of movies not only about music but also about musicians. Older movies include "The Great Caruso" with Mario Lanza. I have many recent films to mention including "Impromptu" about Chopin, "Chopin-Desire For Love" a Czech film, "The Pianist' which won the Academy Award for Adrien Brody, "Immortal Beloved" about Beethoven, "Spring Symphony" about Robert Schumann and Clara Wieck, and "Taking Sides" with Harvey Keitel as an American military officer investigating Wilhelm Furtwangler played by Stellan Skaregaard and trying to implicate him as a Nazi in post-war Germany.

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    The Pianist is a wonderful film, although it's main theme is the Holocaust. I recently saw Impromptu, which is about "M.George Sand" and her affair with Chopin.
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    About Lully, Molière and the Sun King: Le Roi danse. A fabulous and fairly recent French film.

    Oh, and there's always Farinelli

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    Brilliant! now I'll have to get my hands on all of those films haha.

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    Ken Russel made a film about Mahler featuring Robert Powell who really looked like him.It is a mixture of fantasy involving his music to imagary and gritty realism looking back to his life.A very interesting film.Also he made a TV film about Brucker,potraying a stay in a hospital to try and cure his OCD ,apparently he was obsessed with counting numbers.All in all,good films.

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    Immortal Beloved -Is about the love letters that beethoven(Gary Oldman) sent to his love that nobody clearly knows who. It is an excellent film if you exclude the intro

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    Testimony features Ben Kingsley in the role of Dmitri Shostakovich.

    The BBC recently produced two docu-movies about Mozart and Beethoven: "The genius of ...".

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    Quote Originally Posted by YsayeOp.27#6 View Post
    The BBC recently produced two docu-movies about Mozart and Beethoven: "The genius of ...".
    And these were very enjoyable. I remember they made one about Tchaïkovsky too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salieri=Innocent View Post
    Immortal Beloved -Is about the love letters that beethoven(Gary Oldman) sent to his love that nobody clearly knows who. It is an excellent film if you exclude the intro
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    I'll show a little more of my age here, and bring up three old UHF experiences-

    One is Song of Norway... topic (you guessed it): Grieg.

    The second is Song of Scheherazade... same formula, different composer (Rimsky-Korsakov).

    The third is Rhapsody in Blue... a pseudo-biopic of George Gershwin- fictionalized to the point of distortion.

    An internet search of these old pics showed that they were all mid-to-late 1940s.

    Off-topic- My "google-enhanced" search in Rimsky-Korsakov revealed a sponsored advertisement for an alcoholism treatment. Did they think I meant to look up Mussorgsky?!

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