It's a delightful and touching film about a very talented musician, the eldest son of Sebastian Bach. Along with "Amadeus" I'd call this film the best portrait of a musician on the screen. In the leading role we see Gustav Gruendgens, who is playing piano quite skillful, though we don't see his fingers. One can believe, he is really playing piano as well as Friedemann Bach did himself. Gruendgens had those radiant eyes in this film which made him to a great impersonator of an artist in general. Yet the talented musician was not successful and died at the end in a bitter poverty. The reason was as it's shown in the film his unstable, unsecure character. So he gave up his positions as a church organist and as a composer in Dresden and the ladies who loved him. There is at least one important question asked in this film: how likable should make the artist his creation? How much should he think of the benevolence of his audience? It's a vital question for every creative worker. There is also some puzzle about this film, which I could not solve on my own. It's about the movement of Gruendgens during his last talk to his former fiancé. He moved his arms as a marionette, which could be a link to some other film or stage play, unknown to me. So please watch him very attentively, he definitely deserves your attention. I always love to watch this film and can highly recommend it to you.
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