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Lisztomania (1975)

Composer and pianist Franz Liszt (Roger Daltrey) attempts to overcome his hedonistic life-style while repeatedly being drawn back into it by the many women in his life and fellow composer Richard Wagner (Paul Nicholas).


Ken Russell


Ken Russell




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


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

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


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Last theatrical movie of Andrew Faulds (Strauss). See more »


Richard Wagner: Is it true that when Liszt was a kid he played Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata at a concert and the composer himself jumped up and kissed him?
Rossini: Certainly Beethoven kissed the boy. By that time he was as deaf as a post.
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Crazy Credits

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


Spoofs The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) See more »


Love's dream
Composed by Franz Liszt
Lyrics by Roger Daltrey
Performed by Roger Daltrey
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collector's of The Who will love it!
29 August 1999 | by amintaSee all my reviews

As a collector of Who memorabilia, I found this movie to be quite interesting and entertaining, what's more, if one pays attention they can see that this truly is the work of Ken Russell. Though it could also fit into the category of "soft porn" and is in no way to be taken as strict fact of Franz Liszt's life it is a great movie for those who like the bizarre (Who fan's will note cameo appearance by Townshend) If you like this movie, check out Ken Russell's Mahler, starring Robert Powell (Capt. Walker in Tommy) thank you

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Release Date:

29 January 1976 (Netherlands) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby (3 channels)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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