A Remarkable Recreation Of The Surroundings Of A Genius
German aristocrats, depending upon circumstances and especially their serious and changeable sense of humour, like to hear classical composers.
For such reasons, Herr Graf especially likes to hear in the Schloss, Herr Bach's motets and oratorios, Herr Strauss' dizzy waltzes or even Herr Mozart's easy listening (when this Herr Graf wants to be oblivious).
The happy and miserable life of Herr Wolfgang has always of artistic interest for silent film directors. Such an example is "Mozarts Leben, Lieben Und Leiden" (1921) by Herr Otto Kreisler (the first silent length feature depicting the loves and sufferings of the famous Salzburg composing genius).
The film is a careful and astonishing silent production that is outstanding for its meticulousness when it comes to the places that Herr Wolfgang lived ( the film was shot amidst historical scenery ) and the excellent art direction that shines (especially in the costumes and settings).
Unfortunately only half of the film survives today. A small part was reconstructed using stills in order to replace the lost reels. In this way continuity is given to the story. However, in spite of these consequences of ageing ( as it happens with this German count ) the film's interest remains intact thanks to the vigour that Herr Kreisler put in the direction and the excellent cinematography by Herr Lorant and Herr Obel.
But sometimes careful and accuracy silent biographies run the risk of lacking rhythm by forgetting the film narrative as the director puts more emphasis filming outdoors sceneries, grandiose palaces or beautiful gardens. That's what happens with this film; it is a remarkable recreation of the surroundings of a genius, certainly, but lacks the essence, the spirit of a Mozart' composition. This Herr Von can say that "Mozarts Leben " is like hearing one of those merrily Mozart piano concerto instead "Die Zauberflöte".
And now, if you'll allow me, I must temporarily take my leave because this German Count must become livelier in this winter time listening Herr Mozart's "Requiem".
Herr Graf Ferdinand Von Galitzien http://ferdinandvongalitzien.blogspot.com/
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