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Lisztomania (1975)

Composer and pianist Franz Liszt attempts to overcome his hedonistic lifestyle while repeatedly being drawn back into it by the many women in his life and fellow composer Richard Wagner.

Director:

Ken Russell

Writer:

Ken Russell
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Daltrey ... Franz Liszt
Sara Kestelman Sara Kestelman ... Princess Carolyn
Paul Nicholas ... Richard Wagner
Ringo Starr ... The Pope
Rick Wakeman ... Thor
John Justin ... Count d'Agoult
Fiona Lewis ... Marie d'Agoult
Veronica Quilligan ... Cosima
Nell Campbell ... Olga Janina
Andrew Reilly Andrew Reilly ... Hans Von Buelow
David English David English ... Captain
Imogen Claire Imogen Claire ... George Sand
Rikki Howard Rikki Howard ... Countess
David Corti David Corti ... Daniel
Anulka Dziubinska ... Lola Montez
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Storyline

A send-up of the bawdy life of Romantic composer/piano virtuoso Franz Liszt, with ubiquitous phallic imagery and a good portion of the film devoted to Liszt's "friendship" with fellow composer Richard Wagner. The film begins during the time when Franz would give piano performance to a crowd of shrieking teenage fans while maintaining affairs with his (multiple!) mistresses. He eventually seeks Princess Carolyne of St. Petersburg (at her invitation), elopes, and, after their marriage is forbidden by the Pope, he embraces the monastic life as an abbé. Written by Jonathan Dakss <dakss@columbia.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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The erotic, exotic electrifying rock fantasy... It out-Tommy's TOMMY.


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 1976 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Fed musik og sex på drengen See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby (3 channels)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Liszt (Roger Daltrey) changes into a dress at Carolyne's command, he does so behind a screen with paintings of the 'Saints of Music'. These include portraits of Elvis Presley, Elton John and Pete Townshend, from the rock band The Who, of which Daltrey is the lead singer.

Rumor has it that Ken Russell originally wanted Pete Townshend to do the film's music, but Townshend declined the offer - more than likely 'cause he was exhausted from doing the "Tommy" movie. See more »

Quotes

Richard Wagner: So you're the jid who only makes music on a cash register?
Felix Mendelsohn: Music, shmusic, it's a living, dear boy.
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Crazy Credits

Music by Rick Wakeman Assisted by Franz Liszt and Richard Wagner See more »

Connections

References The Music Lovers (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Hungarian Rhapsody No. 14
Composed by Franz Liszt
Played during the scene where Cosima says goodbye to Liszt as he is leaving for a tour of Russia.
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Lisztomania
29 October 2006 | by marie-236See all my reviews

Pure escapism! This film is fantastic. It contains farce, humour, nudity and crudity along with lots of laughs and many cringes. It's ludicrous, hilarious and colourful with great music and costumes. I like the music and also the paradox of some of the scenes. My daughter and I love it, and happy to watch it time and time again, but everyone we've loaned the video to can't get past the first 20 minutes, and think we are weird, so maybe we are off-the-wall like the film. I haven't seen the film Tommy and would like to do so now I've seen this. Don't watch Lisztomania if you are easily offended. Sit back, relax, take it all with a pinch of salt and you'll be grinning all night.


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