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Lecture 21 (2008)

Lezione 21 (original title)
A student takes a bizarre trip through the Italian Alps after being inspired by a professor's lecture on Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" from his Ninth Symphony.


Alessandro Baricco
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Hurt ... Mondrian Kilroy
Noah Taylor ... Peters
Leonor Watling ... Marta
Clive Russell ... Hoffmeister
Rasmus Hardiker ... Broderip
Clive Riche ... Imbault
Matthew T. Reynolds ... Goetz
Tim Barlow ... Simrock
Natalia Tena ... Thomson
Andy Gathergood ... Schott 1
Daniel Tuite ... Schott 2
Phyllida Law ... Boheme
Adrian Moore Adrian Moore ... Piggot
Franco Pistoni Franco Pistoni ... Weigl
Chiara Paoli Chiara Paoli ... Girl of the Lake


A student takes a bizarre trip through the Italian Alps after being inspired by a professor's lecture on Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" from his Ninth Symphony.

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Noah Taylor (Peters), Clive Russell (Hoffmeister), Natalia Tena (Thomson), and Joseph Mawle (Musician) have all appeared in Game of Thrones (2011). They respectively portrayed Locke, Blackfish, Osha, and Benjen Stark. See more »

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A thoughtful and beautiful film
17 September 2009 | by ha_zumiSee all my reviews

I saw this film a year ago in Italian and understood nothing. I loved it. Now I have finally seen it in English and understood everything. I now love it even more.

In my opinion, the most beautiful part of Lezione Ventuno is the perfect pairing of incredible music with images that make the notes come to life more than ever before. Beethoven, Vivaldi, Rossini - their music is used to enfold the viewer in a world of shimmering sound. This might not seem that important to some, but seeing as how the movie itself is about Beethoven, music and beauty, I believe it to be the key to the whole production.

The three stories interweave very well, each one complimenting the other and eventually coming together in resolution which was, to my mind, perfect in its tragedy. The story in the mountains had its moments of unexplained oddity, but on the whole was so visually stunning that I was willing to overlook it.

I will admit that this movie seems to be very subjective as to whether one likes it or not. I loved it, but others have not been quite so entranced. Still, I suggest you watch the movie for yourself and make your own opinion.

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17 October 2008 (Italy) See more »

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