Composer and pianist Franz Liszt attempts to overcome his hedonistic lifestyle while repeatedly being drawn back into it by the many women in his life and fellow composer Richard Wagner.

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Princess Carolyn
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Rick Wakeman ...
Thor
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Count d'Agoult
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A send-up of the bawdy life of Romantic composer/piano virtuoso Franz Liszt, with ubiquitous phallic imagery and a good portion of the film devoted to Liszt's "friendship" with fellow composer Richard Wagner. The film begins during the time when Franz would give piano performance to a crowd of shrieking teenage fans while maintaining affairs with his (multiple!) mistresses. He eventually seeks Princess Carolyne of St. Petersburg (at her invitation), elopes, and, after their marriage is forbidden by the Pope, he embraces the monastic life as an abbé. Written by Jonathan Dakss <dakss@columbia.edu>

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The erotic, exotic electrifying rock fantasy... It out-Tommy's TOMMY.


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29 January 1976 (Netherlands)  »

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Fed musik og sex på drengen  »

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The "Millionairess" and "Most Promising Actress" as addressed in the concert scene are Madame von Meck and Alma Mahler, from Ken Russell's previous films The Music Lovers (1970) and Mahler (1974). See more »

Quotes

Richard Wagner: You are Robert Schumann?
Strauss: No no no. That's Schumann. I am Strauss.
Richard Wagner: Not Johann Strauss?
Strauss: [annoyed] No! Levi Strauss!
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Music by Rick Wakeman Assisted by Franz Liszt and Richard Wagner See more »

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References Mahler (1974) See more »

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Hungarian Rhapsody No. 14
Composed by Franz Liszt
Played during the scene where Cosima says goodbye to Liszt as he is leaving for a tour of Russia.
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Brilliantly weird!
22 January 1999 | by (Moncton, NB, Danada) – See all my reviews

Where else are you going to find a movie about famous composers, Frankenstein, Thor, Hitler, Superman, a lich, cigars, vampires, philosophy, perversion, papacy, war, love, Charlie Chaplin, and heaven? And where else will you see a penis kick line? This movie removes the need for mind-altering drugs. Seeing it is a trip unto itself.


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