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The Music Teacher (1988)

Le maître de musique (original title)
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 ...
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Bob Bender ...
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Jonathan Fox ...
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Jeannette Bakker ...
Diva
Philippe Drecq ...
Dandy
Jean Gerardy ...
Old Man
Yvette Merlin ...
Louise
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Storyline

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 February 1989 (France)  »

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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

Wohl denk' ich oft
(from "3 Gedichte von Michelangelo" Nr. 1)
Composed by Hugo Wolf
Text by Walter Robert-Tornow
Performed by José van Dam with Jean-Claude Vanden
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worthwhile for the music alone
13 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Belgium's nominee for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar of 1988 is an elegant highbrow crowd pleaser, in which music scores by Verdi, Mahler, Mozart et al get top billing over the actors, and not without good reason. World-renowned baritone Jose van Dam stars as a (surprise) world-renowned baritone, who for reasons never fully explained abruptly retires to train aspiring soprano Anne Roussel and (again for unclear reasons) a common thief with a raw singing talent. But what begins as a polite, continental variation of 'Pygmalion', with all the usual trappings of a turn-of-the-century period piece, works up considerable steam when, unknown to van Dam, his arch enemy Prince Scotti begins training his own protégé, hoping to match him against his rival's two pupils in a no-holds-barred aria duel (to the death?) It's a thrilling (if slightly ridiculous) climax, and goes a long way toward compensating for some of the film's earlier, nagging deficiencies. If for no one else, this is a must for classical music aficionados.


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