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Scott Joplin (1977)

TV Movie  -   -  Biography | Drama | Music  -  30 December 1977 (USA)
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Details the life story of Scott Joplin and how he became the greatest ragtime composer of all time.

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Belle Joplin
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Will Williams
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Tom Turpin
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Dr. Jaelki
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Madam Amy
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Poor Alfred
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John Stark
David Healy ...
Sam Bundler
Samuel Fuller ...
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Leon Charles ...
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Fred Pinkard ...
Dr. Adams
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Details the life story of Scott Joplin and how he became the greatest ragtime composer of all time.

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Scott Joplin's Ragtime Music Portrayed American Life.

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Biography | Drama | Music

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The only other composers mentioned as worthy equals in the film are John Philip Sousa and Ferdinand 'Jelly Roll' Morton. See more »

Quotes

John Stark: You were overpowered by the extravagance of sound, the sheer weight of volume. Your music was never meant to compete at that level. It was just never heard.
Scott Joplin: Well, it will be heard! If volume is what they want, volume is what they'll get!
John Stark: What are you talking about?
Scott Joplin: I'm going to write an opera.
John Stark: An opera?
Scott Joplin: An opera in ragtime. A ragtime opera.
John Stark: Why?
Scott Joplin: Because it is right!
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Hangover Blues
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Joplin Opportunity
8 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I agree with the previous 2 reviewers, but I feel Joplin is still largely unappreciated within the USA. His music will last like that of Chopin, Verdi and the other sublime masters. I have been a professional musician for over 50 years and find Joplin's music as addictive as Bach or Mozart, especially since I am an American with classical, jazz and ragtime chops.

Any producers that can read this might consider a movie of Joplin's opera, which I have heard live and still get chills from thinking about it. In the same vein, the great American composer, Louis Gottschalk is also not widely known and appreciated. Gottschalk out ranked Chopin in Paris, France at one special time in the history of music. Perhaps the Indie film folks might also consider a film on Gottschalk, who was larger than life as was Joplin.


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