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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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 <>

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


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Release Date:

29 January 1976 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Fed musik og sex på drengen  »

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(3 channels)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Oliver Reed: the man who seals the door of the "fumigation" room at Carolyne's palace. See more »


Liszt: Piss off, Brahms!
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Crazy Credits

Music by Rick Wakeman Assisted by Franz Liszt and Richard Wagner See more »


Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »


Composed by Franz Liszt
Lyrics by Jonathan Benson
Performed by Roger Daltrey
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Ken Russell's Most Unusual Film
26 May 2000 | by (San Francisco, California USA) – See all my reviews

It is hard to believe that Ken Russell was able to get this one "green-lighted" for release by a major American distributer as it is quite simply one of the strangest films to ever grace a screen! Russell, ever the visionary, takes the not so off-target view that Franz Liszt the pop star of his day and then offers viewers a comic book version of the composer's life and relationship with several infamous women and, most importantly, Richard Wagner. This film must be seen to be believed! And is a definite must-see for all Russell fans. It will also be appreciated by Roger Daltrey fans as this one captures Daltrey in his prime! Interesting musical work by Rick Wakeman and great set designs. It would be so cool to see this on DVD with director commentary! ...Maybe some day.

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