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Duet for One (1986)

R | | Drama | February 1987 (USA)
Stephanie, a famous violin player married to a composer becomes ill from multiple sclerosis. Her whole life goes to pieces : her career ends abruptly and her husband betrays her with ... See full summary »

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(as Andrei Konchalovsky)

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »
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Dr. Louis Feldman
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Constantine Kassanis
Margaret Courtenay ...
Sonia Randvich
Cathryn Harrison ...
Penny Smallwood
Sigfrit Steiner ...
Leonid Lefimov
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Totter
Macha Méril ...
Anya
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Totter's wife
Janette Newling ...
Mrs. Burridge
John Delaney ...
Drunk
Kevin Ranson ...
Derek
Dorothea Phillips ...
Betty
Marcia Linden ...
Gail
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Stephanie, a famous violin player married to a composer becomes ill from multiple sclerosis. Her whole life goes to pieces : her career ends abruptly and her husband betrays her with another woman and her favourite pupil decides to leave for a tour in the USA. Stephanie tries to take her life... Written by Salvatore Santangelo <pappagone2@libero.it>

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Duo pour une soliste  »

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The film was made and released about six years after its source stage play by Tom Kempinski of the same name had been first performed in 1980. Kempinski also co-wrote the screenplay for the picture. See more »

Quotes

Stephanie Anderson: You know I have nothing but contempt for you. Sitting there year after year listening to miserable people like me tell you how the world does destroy them. Have you ever once felt anything like the pain they feel? All the despair...all the fear? You make your living from their suffering and you don't understand a shred of it. Anyone of us is more qualified to speak than you because we have been there. We are still there.
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Referenced in Cannibal Hookers (1987) See more »

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Depressive Story of Self-Destruction
22 January 2016 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In London, the famous violinist Stephanie Anderson (Julie Andrews) is unexpectedly struck with multiple sclerosis while playing with her student Constantine Kassanis (Rupert Everett) in a concert. She becomes bitter and depressed with the abrupt end of her career and seeks help with the psychiatrist Dr. Louis Feldman (Max von Sydow). Meanwhile, her husband David Cornwallis (Alan Bates) is distant from her and confesses that he has a love affair with his secretary Penny Smallwood (Cathryn Harrison). Further, he travels in a tour to America with Penny. Then her favorite pupil finds a job in Las Vegas and decides to travel to America. Stephanie begins a journey to self-destruction and gets rid of her trophies, long-play records and her expensive violin and has a love affair with the junk collector Totter (Liam Neeson). When she reaches the rock bottom, she tries to commit suicide. Will Stephanie overcome her depression?

"Duet for One" is a depressive story of self-destruction of a famous violin player. The performances are top-notch, highlighting Julie Andrews in the lead role. It is difficult to understand her relationship with her ex-husband David and Pennie in the end. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Sede de Amar" ("Thirsty of Love")


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