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Le maître de musique
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Andrée Corbiau (writer)
Gérard Corbiau (screenplay)
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Release Date:
1 February 1989 (France) See more »
Aging opera singer Joachim Dallayrac retires from the stage and retreats to the countryside to school two young singers... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
José van Dam ... Joachim Dallayrac
Anne Roussel ... Sophie Maurier
Philippe Volter ... Jean Nilson
Sylvie Fennec ... Estelle Fischer

Patrick Bauchau ... Prince Scotti

Johan Leysen ... 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
Carlos Moens ... Gardener
Jean Musin ... Lhomond

Jean-Louis Sbille ... Critic
Jean-Pierre Valère ... Gardener
Daniel Vos ... Commander
Ulysse Waterlot ... Conductor
Guy Danel ... Dancer
Paul Declerck ... Dancer
Ursula Gorniak ... Dancer
Anne Leonardo ... Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dinah Bryant ... Sophie Maurier (singing voice)
Jérôme Pruett ... Jean / Arcas (singing voice)

Directed by
Gérard Corbiau 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Andrée Corbiau  writer
Gérard Corbiau  screenplay
Gérard Corbiau  story
Luc Jabon  story
Christian Watton  writer

Produced by
Dominique Janne .... associate producer
Jacqueline Pierreux .... executive producer
Alexandre Pletser .... producer
Cinematography by
Walther van den Ende  (as Walther Vanden Ende)
Film Editing by
Denise Vindevogel 
Casting by
Françoise Menidrey 
Production Design by
Zouc Lanc 
Costume Design by
Catherine Frognier 
Makeup Department
Nicole Demeulder .... makeup artist
Luk Van Cleemput .... hair stylist
Production Management
Nadine Borreman .... production manager
Michèle Tronçon .... production manager
Jean-Marc Warrants .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Philippe Stevenart .... assistant director
Isabelle Willems .... assistant director
Sound Department
André Defossez .... sound recordist
Laurent Lévy .... sound effects
Josianne Masset .... post-synchronization engineer
Gérard Rousseau .... sound re-recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean Roch .... additional photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Edith Guiot .... wardrober
Marguerite Notelet .... wardrober
Music Department
Jean Belge .... music recordist
Jean-Claude Delcroix .... music advisor
David Miller .... musical director
André Vandernoot .... conductor
Other crew
Andrée Corbiau .... script supervisor
Francis D'Hooghe .... set manager (as Francis d' Hooghe)
Véronique Heuchenne .... assistant script supervisor

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Le maître de musique" - Belgium (original title)
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Belgium:100 min | USA:95 min
Color (Fujicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Portugal:M/6 | South Korea:12 (theatrical rating) (1990) (DVD rating) (2002) | South Korea:18 (video rating) (1990) | Sweden:7 | USA:PG | West Germany:0

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[first lines]
Joachim Dallayrac:Ladies and gentlemen, that was my last performance.
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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
The Music Teacher, 27 May 2011
Author: lasttimeisaw from Cairo, Egypt

As a dark horse, this Belgian film surprisingly got an Oscar nomination for BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM in 2009, directed by Gerard Corbiau, whom maybe we feel more familiar with for his later work FARINELLI (1994), another music-related opus, with a more dramatic pathos within.

Ominously the music itself steals the thunder of the film per se, which leaves it in an awkward position, where only genuine opera lovers could rigorously indulge themselves with it while for laypeople like me, the waning correlation is unavoidable and discouraging.

The film stars a real maestro José van Dam (the celebrated Belgian bass-baritone) as a singer, who is compelled to retire in his middle-age by his arch enemy, the Duke, with the help of his loyal wife, he trains two disciples and finally get his vengeance over the Duke. However Mr. van Dam's stiff performance could not be excused as a stark novice stage-fright; two young leads Anne Roussel and Philippe Volter also fail to be impressive apart from their singing parts. By contrast, only Sylvie Fennec and Patrick Bauchau deliver some sincere acting skills without too much superficial showing-off.

The setting, costume and all its delicate props are in their right places to exude a bourgeois sentiment which casually goes well with the film's uneventful narrative. The final showdown is a fleeting opera duel between two respective disciples from the maestro and the Duke. The mask tableau is a major attraction, too bad it just ends like that, without too much aftertaste.

After all, one cannot complain more about this film as long as music save us all from this molecularly mundane world.

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