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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

Widmung
(from song cycle "Myrthen, op. 25" No. 1)
Composed by Robert Schumann
Text by Friedrich Rückert
Performed by José van Dam with Jean-Claude Vanden, piano
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Tedium triumphs!
27 May 2001 | by (Palm Springs, CA) – See all my reviews

The kind of film that earns "European films" the bad rap and bad rep the get from a lot of people these days. I had the feeling the film was written to showcase the music, not vice versa. And since you can't write a terribly compelling film about training vocalists, we're trapped into watching seemingly endless camera pans of trees, birds in them chirping ad nauseum, pseudo-profound, meaningful stares between people who have nothing to say to each other, and a Mahler symphony on the sound track that just simply won't go away. A terribly tedious film.


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