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Impromptu (1991)

PG-13 | | Biography, Comedy, Music | May 1991 (USA)
In 1830s France, pianist/composer Frédéric Chopin is pursued romantically by the determined, individualistic woman who uses the name George Sand.

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James Lapine

Writer:

Sarah Kernochan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Judy Davis ... George Sand
Hugh Grant ... Frederic Chopin
Mandy Patinkin ... Alfred De Musset
Bernadette Peters ... Marie D'Agoult
Julian Sands ... Franz Liszt
Ralph Brown ... Eugene Delacroix
Georges Corraface ... Felicien Mallefille
Anton Rodgers ... Duke D'Antan
Emma Thompson ... Duchess D'Antan
Anna Massey ... George Sand's Mother
David Birkin David Birkin ... Maurice
Nimer Rashed ... Didier
Fiona Vincente Fiona Vincente ... Solange
John Savident ... Buloz
Lucy Speed ... Young Aurora
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1830s Paris. Novelist George Sand, who is known to be writing her memoirs, is causing a sensation in the literary scene not only for the quality of her writing, but because of her extreme views and manners, including blurring the lines between the sexes - she generally wearing men's clothes - and her non-belief in the sanctity of marriage after having gone through the institution once before, now preferring sexual liaisons outside of her own wedlock, with the marital status of her lovers of no concern to her. She is just coming to the end of a turbulent affair with Félicien Mallefille, who she is now trying to avoid in his continual pursuit of her. Despite thinking it will be a bore because of their insufferable hostess, she invites herself to a weekend gathering of some of France's greatest artistic and creative minds - many who are attending solely for a weekend of free food - at the country estate of the Duke and Duchess D'Antan in Angers. George's want to attend is largely to get ... Written by Huggo

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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chopin - min elskede See more »

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Gross USA:

$4,076,211
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Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

One of Hugh Grant's first leading roles, and he was virtually unknown in the U.S. when this aired on PBS's Masterpiece Theatre in early 1990s. See more »

Quotes

Malfie: You promised to love me.
George: I didn't promise to succeed.
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Connections

Version of A Song to Remember (1945) See more »

Soundtracks

Ballade Op. 23 in G Minor
Music by Frédéric Chopin
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Romantic, Genuine, Gorgeous, Remarkable
27 January 2004 | by wobelixSee all my reviews

It doesn't happen often that one knows the portrayed characters better than the cast, however star studded this production is.

And it is amazing what they all achieve ! These great actors really come close of BEING the Sand, Liszt, d'Agoult & Chopin you think you know after reading and listening as much as possible about them.

It's a costume drama which is nicely tuned down, no need for grand sets when the principal & supporting cast is so flamboyant and magnificent.

Of course, the music for the soundtrack is a pure delight too. Is all truly marvelous then ? Well, alright, the accents of Chopin & especially Liszt were ludicrous. Liszt was raised speaking French, and never managed to utter more then one sentence in his 'native' Hungarian. Stylized Chopin was brought up in the aristocratic circles of Poland, knowing the French language better then his 'own' tongue.

Silly, but forgivable, since it is the only flaw in this wonderful film. Thank you Judy Davis, Bernadette Peters, Julian Sands, Hugh Grant, Randy Patinkin; and of course Sand, Liszt, d'Agoult, Chopin, Delacroix...


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