Impromptu (1991)

PG-13  |   |  Biography, Comedy, Music  |  May 1991 (USA)
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In 1830s France, pianist/composer Frédéric Chopin is pursued romantically by the determined, individualistic woman who uses the name George Sand.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Sand / Aurora
Anton Rodgers ...
David Birkin ...
Nimer Rashed ...
Fiona Vincente ...
John Savident ...
Young Aurora


Novelist George Sand ('Judy Davis') falls in love with composer Frédéric Chopin (Hugh Grant). She tries to profess her love for him at a weekend hosted by a pretentious, artistically minded duchess for famous musicians, artists, and writers of the day. The gentle and sickly Chopin is wary of the outspoken Sand, but finds himself strangely drawn to her, as well. Written by Liza Esser <>

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May 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chopin - min elskede  »

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$4,076,211 (USA)

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George Sand: I used to think I'd die of suffocation when I was married. Now it's my freedom that's killing me.
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Etude Op. 25 In E Minor
Music by Frédéric Chopin
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28 November 2000 | by (Atlanta, GA) – See all my reviews

This film is a little different than most "period" films in that its characters, although known historical figures, are real people and certainly not above swearing, throwing fits, drinking, smoking or carousing. A wonderful comedy romance with an outstanding performance by Judy Davis as George Sands.

It is also interesting to note how closely the plot of this movie resembles that of Renoir's classic "Rules of the Game": 1) group of romantically and socially inbred cityfolk go to the country, 2) romantic and social inbreeding continue in the country, 3) people slipping from room to room, 4) mistaken identity, 5) hunting in the woods, 6) big hunting scene, 7) gender-bending, 8) poking fun at the upper classes, and 9) climactic theater performance chock full of satire and causing some conflict. This similarity can be no accident.

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