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The Music Teacher (1988)
"Le maître de musique" (original title)

PG  |   |  Drama, Music  |  1 February 1989 (France)
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Aging opera singer Joachim Dallayrac retires from the stage and retreats to the countryside to school two young singers, Sophie and Jean. Although the rigorous training takes its toll on ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
José van Dam ...
Joachim Dallayrac
Anne Roussel ...
Sophie Maurier
Philippe Volter ...
Jean Nilson
Sylvie Fennec ...
Estelle Fischer
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Prince Scotti
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François Manssaux
Marc Schreiber ...
Arcas
Alain Carre ...
Attendant
David Ashman ...
English Critic
Bob Bender ...
English Critic
Jonathan Fox ...
English Critic
Jeannette Bakker ...
Diva
Philippe Drecq ...
Dandy
Jean Gerardy ...
Old Man
Yvette Merlin ...
Louise
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Aging opera singer Joachim Dallayrac retires from the stage and retreats to the countryside to school two young singers, Sophie and Jean. Although the rigorous training takes its toll on both teacher and students, there is plenty of time for relationships to develop between the three. Based on their teacher's reputation, Sophie and Jean are invited to participate in a singing contest staged by Prince Scotti. Scotti's protege is set up to get revenge for Scotti's defeat at the hands of Dallayrac in a similar competition many years ago. The young students overcome Scotti's trickery to win the competition. Written by Kevin Kraynak <kevin@kraynakk.com>

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$1,086,894 (USA)
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[first lines]
Joachim Dallayrac: Ladies and gentlemen, that was my last performance.
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Soundtracks

Um mitternacht
(from "Ruckert-Lieder: No. 5)
Composed by Gustav Mahler
Text by Friedrich Rückert
Performed by José van Dam with RTBF Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Ronald Zollman
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Beautiful!
11 May 2003 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

I certainly disagree with the viewer who called this tedium--after all when one can't tell Mahler's Songs of Ruckert from a symphony, he is no music lover! The recurring song ("Ich bin der welt abhanden gekommen") is very meaningful for it is associated with the teacher, a retired performer (brilliantly played by opera star Jose Van Dam). The words of the song translate as " I am lost to the world with which I used to waste so much time. It has heard nothing from me for so long it may well believe me dead." The song concludes with "I live alone in my heaven, in my love, and in my song." I played this film for a class of students whose knowledge of classical music was nil and they liked it. Of course the young leads were attractive and there was some sex in the film. I suggest you view it should you get the chance. It is one of my favorite films, and you really don't need to be knowledgeable in music to like it as long as you like beauty.


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