MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 17,856 this week

Elgar: Fantasy of a Composer on a Bicycle (2002)

TV Movie  |   |  Documentary, Music
7.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 37 users  
Reviews: 3 user

Ken Russell revisits the life of Elgar, with musical background provided by the composer's works.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Amazon Instant Video

IMDb Picks: June

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in June, brought to you by Swiffer.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 554 titles
created 31 Oct 2012
 
a list of 276 titles
created 31 Oct 2012
 
a list of 7853 titles
created 08 Nov 2013
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Elgar: Fantasy of a Composer on a Bicycle (TV Movie 2002)

Elgar: Fantasy of a Composer on a Bicycle (TV Movie 2002) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Elgar: Fantasy of a Composer on a Bicycle.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A writer taking a rest in a country hotel is obsessed with a strange woman in the same hotel. The woman seems to observe him in provocative ways, but he does not dare to approach her. One ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Russell
Stars: Hetty Baynes, Simon Shepherd, Ken Russell
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Director: Ken Russell
Stars: Vivian Pickles, Peter Bowles, Alexei Jawdokimov
Comedy | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Rock star Roddy Usher's wife is murdered and Rod is sent to a lunatic asylum in this gothic-comedy-horror-musical.

Director: Ken Russell
Stars: James Johnston, Lisi Tribble, Marie Findley
Gothic (1986)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Story of the night that Mary Shelley gave birth to the horror classic "Frankenstein." Disturbed drug induced games are played and ghost stories are told one rainy night at the mad Lord ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Russell
Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Julian Sands, Natasha Richardson
Dogboys (TV Movie 1998)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Prison drama about officers who track men for sport with dogs.

Director: Ken Russell
Stars: Bryan Brown, Dean Cain, Tia Carrere
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The assistant stage manager of a small-time theatrical company (Polly Browne) is forced to understudy for the leading lady (Rita) at a matinée performance at which an illustrious Hollywood ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Russell
Stars: Twiggy, Christopher Gable, Max Adrian
Comedy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A former British spy stumbles into in a plot to overthrow Communism with the help of a supercomputer. But who is working for whom?

Director: Ken Russell
Stars: Michael Caine, Karl Malden, Ed Begley
Trapped Ashes (2006)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Seven strangers on a Hollywood movie studio tour are trapped inside an infamous House of Horror and forced to tell their most terrifying stories to get out alive.

Directors: Sean S. Cunningham, Joe Dante, and 3 more credits »
Stars: Jayce Bartok, Henry Gibson, Lara Harris
Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Three short stories come to the screen, each focused on a man and a woman. The first is set in the 1940s, the other two in the 1920s. In "The Man in a Brooks Brothers Suit," a businessman ... See full summary »

Directors: Frederic Raphael, Tony Richardson, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Beau Bridges, Melanie Griffith, Dominic Hawksley
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Director: Ken Russell
Stars: Rusty Goffe, Rufus Graham, Phil Pritchard
Alice in Russialand (TV Movie 1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Director: Ken Russell
Stars: Amanda Ray-King, Hetty Baynes
Mindbender (TV Movie 1996)
Biography | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

Mindbender is the story of Uri Geller, probably the world's most famous psychic. The film shows his rise to fame from small shows in the middle east where he amazed audiences with his ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Russell
Stars: Ishai Golan, Terence Stamp, Idan Alterman
Edit

Storyline

Ken Russell revisits the life of Elgar, with musical background provided by the composer's works.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

classical music | See All (1) »

Genres:

Documentary | Music

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Also Known As:

Elgar  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Follows Monitor: Elgar (1962) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A pure joy for lovers of unadulterated awfulness
18 September 2004 | by (Oxford,UK) – See all my reviews

If you haven't seen this film, sorry but you probably never will. It was commissioned for the South Bank Show, and I wouldn't be surprised if ITV have "accidentally" erased the tapes soon after the broadcast. I have never seen a presenter looking so embarrassed as Melvyn Bragg doing the introduction. Correct me if I am wrong, but I think Melvyn may have had a part in commissioning the original Russell/Elgar film that is still fondly remembered – the first in an ever descending spiral of self-indulgent awfulness of composer biography films that Russell has stuck to ever since (the 1992 film about Bax is a good example). To celebrate the 40th anniversery of this magnum opus the SBS gave Russell carte blanche to self-indulge. Everyone must have known it was going to be a disaster, and those of us who tuned in were not disappointed. It had a cosy, home-made feel, like a bad family video. A bloke with a stuck on Elgar mustache and no acting ability rode up and down Malvern hills on a bike (quite easy to do a period film if all you do is shots of countryside - even so there are glimpses of the Worcester bypass in the background). The various women in Elgar's life (or rather Ken's, as most seem to be related to him) made fleeting appearances, but fortunately none was given many lines to deliver, as they might have found this difficult apparently never having acted before. Elgar's secret beloved spent rather too much of the film dancing around in gauzy material nearly covering her chest, which kept slipping so that she needed to pull it back up. Worst of all were the random interludes of small girls dancing round the woods as fairies (personally I wasn't aware of Elgar's fairy fetish but maybe Ken knows better?). Anyway the film was another unique contribution by the master. Ken Russell, we salute you.


7 of 22 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Contribute to This Page