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La note bleue (1991)

the film covers the last few days of fragile Chopin's professional life.

Director:

Andrzej Zulawski

Writer:

Andrzej Zulawski (scenario)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marie-France Pisier ... George Sand
Janusz Olejniczak ... Frédéric Chopin
Sophie Marceau ... Solange Sand
Noëmi Nadelmann Noëmi Nadelmann ... Pauline Viardot
Féodor Atkine ... Eugène Delacroix
Aurélien Recoing ... Auguste Clésinger
Benoît Le Pecq Benoît Le Pecq ... Maurice Sand (as Benoît Lepecq)
Roman Wilhelmi ... Adalbert Grzymala
Grazyna Dylag ... Laure Czosnowska (as Grazyna Dylong)
Pavel Slabý Pavel Slabý ... Jean (as Pavel Salby)
Gilles Détroit Gilles Détroit ... Fernand de Préaulx
Redjep Mitrovitsa Redjep Mitrovitsa ... Alexandre Dumas fils
Beatrice Buchholz Beatrice Buchholz ... Augustine Brault
Serge Ridoux Serge Ridoux ... Louis Viardot
Serge Renko Serge Renko ... Ivan Tourgueniev
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Storyline

George Sand's estate in Nohant is awash with visitors - including notables like the painter Delacroix and the writer Turgenev - while her family life is undergoing significant strain. Her daughter, Solange, is engaged, though she seems to be recently in love with Chopin, her mother's partner for nearly a decade. Tensions are brought to a head with fighting between mother and daughter, Chopin's terminal illness, which makes it increasingly difficult for him to compose music, and the sudden appearance of a young sculptor, Auguste, who becomes a rival for Solange's affections.

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Drama | Music | Romance

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Curb your enthusiasm
8 August 2016 | by nandoflorestanSee all my reviews

As a pianist and lover of Chopin's music, I really wanted to like this. But it's just an annoying artsy-fartsy mess in which multiple talents are wasted due to the poorest direction.

Director, you are a moron. Hysteria + hysteria + hysteria = boring. When all your "characters" are flamboyant, no one really is. All the portraits in this mess are failures because they have no individuality, they are all the same manic person -- who is this, you? You give it no rest for 2 hours... Such a pain to watch. You have absolutely no sense of contrast or rhythm. And by the way, Chopin's music does not work as background for constant hysteria. You are unworthy of making a movie about any of these people.

Viewers today will be expecting a little slice of Chopin's biography, but instead of doing this respectfully and getting out of the way, the director wants to steal the scene for himself. This is just a bunch of stuff that George Sand wrote, juxtaposed with no sense, care or taste. The direction given to the actors seems to have been, "Imagine a sane person saying this in a normal way, then do the opposite -- imagine you are Nicolas Cage". The result is incomprehensible and fails to portrait any of the famous personalities we could be interested in.

On a side note, viewers today also will be ignorant of the significance of these personalities. I am ashamed to confess I didn't know anything about Alexandre Dumas' son. No help is given -- the director is openly hostile to the masses.


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France | Germany

Language:

French | Polish

Release Date:

5 June 1991 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Nota Azul See more »

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Dolby

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1.66 : 1
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