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Impromptu (1991)

PG-13 | | Biography, Comedy, Music | May 1991 (USA)
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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1830s Paris. Novelist George Sand, who is known to be writing her memoirs, is causing a sensation in the literary scene not only for the quality of her writing, but because of her extreme views and manners, including blurring the lines between the sexes - she generally wearing men's clothes - and her non-belief in the sanctity of marriage after having gone through the institution once before, now preferring sexual liaisons outside of her own wedlock, with the marital status of her lovers of no concern to her. She is just coming to the end of a turbulent affair with Félicien Mallefille, who she is now trying to avoid in his continual pursuit of her. Despite thinking it will be a bore because of their insufferable hostess, she invites herself to a weekend gathering of some of France's greatest artistic and creative minds - many who are attending solely for a weekend of free food - at the country estate of the Duke and Duchess D'Antan in Angers. George's want to attend is largely to get ... Written by Huggo

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One of Hugh Grant's first leading roles, and he was virtually unknown in the U.S. when this aired on PBS's Masterpiece Theatre in early 1990s. See more »

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Marie D'Agoult: You won't get him with a dress; on the contrary, my dear. I know the man. He is not a man; he is a woman. He is all emotion and refinement. He has very few defenses. You must win him as a man wins a woman; if anyone can do it, you can, George.
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Impromptu Op. 29 in A Flat
Music by Frédéric Chopin
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my absolute favorite movie
13 March 2000 | by (victoria, bc, canada) – See all my reviews

i have seen this movie probably 20 or so times, and i can quote many of the lines off by heart.

it is totally unique, and the acting is superb. judy davis as always gives a fantastic performance as george sand. she is dynamic, spirited and strong-willed which i would have thought was rare in women in those times.

hugh grant is great as chopin. he has a bit of an accent which i'm not sure is realistic but sounds okay to me.

julian sand and bernadette peters make good foils for grant and davis. julian sand's liszt is a man in love with his music and his mistress.

bernadette peters is very good as an abrupt, jealous sometimes-friend of davis character.

emma thompson was hilarious as a bubble-headed aristocrat. this was the first time i saw her and have remembered it as a very unique performance, different from most characters she plays.

don't forget mandy patinkin as one of davis' ex-lovers. he has many hilarious lines and scenes with and without her.

i give this movie two thumbs up, an A+, a 10, five stars and a resounding seal of approval.

no matter what i've seen to date. it is still, and will still be my favorite movie.


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