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Thread: Your favourye "composer" themed film?

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    Default Your favourye "composer" themed film?

    I would say that "The Music Teacher","Tous Les Matins Du Monde" and "Impromptu" are my all time favs. "Amadeus" was good as well.

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    Well, it would have to be Ken Russell's 'Elgar'; without doubt the best music film I have seen. As far as cinema films go, I did enjoy 'Immortal Beloved', and I have to say that the premise of the film sounded horribly plausible.

    Other films I have particularly enjoyed were 'Passion' - the film about Percy Grainger, and also Ken Russell's Delius film.

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    Immortal Beloved I enjoyed a lot, understanding it is fiction, as well as Amadeus. There is an older film about Chopin with the cringeful title A Song to Remember that is interesting for its time. There were no songs involved that I recall.

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    I'm not demanding, but I was very disapointed with Immortal Beloved. Amadeus is very good movie, but terrible description of Mozart. I don't think I saw any movie about composer that satisfied me as a biography. Except Lisztomania, of course.

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    The avatar says it all. (The applause during the 'Ode to Joy' scene has me tearing up no matter how many times I see it.)

    As for others, Amadeus was also pretty good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rondo View Post
    The avatar says it all.
    It's a little scary, peering into our souls like that. Sometimes I think Gary Oldman IS Beethoven. Ed Harris - not so much.

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    I started seeing Farinelli last night, and I found it boring and too artificial. I'm now heading up to wikipedia to see if a remote part of the movie is based on something true.

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    Actually i forgot to add Burton's "Wagner" which i have own for a good many years. While the script is not very enlightening, the cinematography is wonderful and the supporting actors a delight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weston View Post
    Ed Harris - not so much.
    Oh, yes. I know the movie you're referring to. I've read descriptions of it and those alone were enough to draw me away from it. As far as possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lang View Post
    Well, it would have to be Ken Russell's 'Elgar'; without doubt the best music film I have seen.
    Was that the one with Edward Fox?

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    Immortal Beloved. And yes I know what's fictional and what's not, and I still enjoyed it. People shouldn't see it as a realistic view on Beethoven's life, but just a way to represent the mystery surrounding the immortal beloved letters. No one knows exactly who was the immortal beloved and how things really happened, and I see this film as just one of the many theories about it. The acting and the soundtrack was very good and I simply loved it.

    My second choice would be Amadeus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weston View Post
    It's a little scary, peering into our souls like that. Sometimes I think Gary Oldman IS Beethoven. Ed Harris - not so much.
    I quite liked Ed Harris, Copying Beethoven might not be a good movie (far from it actually) but Ed Harris did a fine job. In my opinion he has the look of Beethoven down better than Oldman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mueske View Post
    I quite liked Ed Harris, Copying Beethoven might not be a good movie (far from it actually) but Ed Harris did a fine job. In my opinion he has the look of Beethoven down better than Oldman.
    Being able to look like the real person and being able to act like them are two different things entirely. Generally, I like Ed Harris; he is a great actor. However, the overall theme of Copying I was able to ascertain from trailers and websites was enough for me to steer clear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rondo View Post
    Being able to look like the real person and being able to act like them are two different things entirely. Generally, I like Ed Harris; he is a great actor. However, the overall theme of Copying I was able to ascertain from trailers and websites was enough for me to steer clear.
    What's wrong with his performance?

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    I re-watched the Russell film "Mahler" again the other day and although there are parts i admire, the film was too bizarre for my tastes.
    I would LOVE to see a real drama about Mahler produced by a European film company. Seems to me the Brits do it best in all honesty. Not that the actors have British accents but that they seem to get the music related films just right. The French do well with music films about French composers (of course). "All the Mornings of the world" was really well done in my opinion. Not a Depardeiu fan, it was decent and beautifully filmed.

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