MoviesLife in general: Your favorites?
From Kat S.
I love the movie "Together" and, of course, "Amadeus."
From Laurie Niles"They Shall Have Music!" an old Samuel Goldwyn film. It's all a well-made excuse to watch Jascha Heifetz play "Intro and Rondo Capriccioso" and other great stuff. Really cute!
Posted on August 2, 2006 at 06:29 AM
But very hard to get these days because of business idiocy; the folks holding the copyright aren't currently making it available, if I understand correctly.
From John LanceleyThe red violin!
Posted on August 2, 2006 at 07:05 AM
From Ruth KueflerI just saw "From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China". Its a really well-made documentary about a vist he paid there in the late 70's. He teaches several master classes on it and there's lots of footage of him performing, as well as the students there.
Posted on August 2, 2006 at 02:06 PM
From Peter WilsonAmadeus
Posted on August 2, 2006 at 03:02 PM
The Red Violin
They Shall Have Music
Music of the Heart
From Emily LizHumoresque with Joan Crawford. Hands down my favorite musical movie, although I haven't watched it for a while. It's a little schmaltzy, maybe, but such a great moody, passionate film.
Posted on August 2, 2006 at 03:12 PM
Rhapsody with Liz Taylor for a laugh. (At one point the music students lept up and started improving on Zig, with Liz Taylor's love interest doing the solo. Really strange, even for musician-types.) But Michael Rabin played the soundtrack, so...
From Andrea V.Mr. Holland's Opus is by far my favorite movie, musical or otherwise! Music of the Heart is good too (esp. because of Stern, Perlman, and all the other wonderful violinists playing in it).
Posted on August 2, 2006 at 04:48 PM
From Amanda SouthernIs Music of the Heart that one with Meryl Streep? I never liked that one.. we had to watch it in school all the time. And, it always bothered me that the entire strings program in that movie is comprised entirely of violinists. Not a single cellist, not one violist. Well, I'm used to it, us violists are always getting left out.. ^_-
Posted on August 2, 2006 at 05:16 PM
From Audrey RoncigliNo doubt : AMADEUS !
Posted on August 2, 2006 at 05:47 PM
From Luis PernaleteFor me The Competition (Amy Irving, Lee Remick and Richard Dreyfuss), Amadeus and Tocar y Luchar (Venezuelan Youth Orchestra´s history with Claudio Abbado and Simon Rattle opinions)
Posted on August 2, 2006 at 09:14 PM
From Nathan ColeCan there be an achievement like Amadeus? I don't think there's a false moment in the film (not speaking historically, but in terms of representing our art and its world) and it's gorgeous.
Posted on August 2, 2006 at 10:53 PM
I also love "High Fidelity: Adventures of the Guarneri String Quartet" and the aforementioned Mao to Mozart, both by the same team.
From Danielle GAmadeus, Mr. Hollands Opus, the Red Violin, and Music of my Heart are all great music movies
Posted on August 2, 2006 at 11:15 PM
From Kevin HuangDefinitely "Unfaithfully Yours" starring Dudley Moore and a WONDERFUL performance by Pinchas Zukerman.
Posted on August 3, 2006 at 05:39 AM
That's a violin comedy movie about a deranged conductor (Moore) who suspects his wife of having an affair with a top violinist (Zukerman plays the violin for the actor). After a few hilarious male headbutting that includes Moore playing a gypsy piece and bumping his competitor off the stage, there's a final climactic scene where Moore tries to arrange the demise of the soloist but EVERYTHING goes wrong.
I have not seen this movie in years, but I'd like to do so again for the laughs. Oh, and Zukerman was incredible in the Tchaikovsky 3rd movement.
From Brian RNobody has mentioned The Pianist??? Great director, great actors, true and inspiring story...
Posted on August 3, 2006 at 06:23 AM
I believe it won 3 academy awards.
Doesn't the Red Violin seem to drag on a bit?
From Peter WilsonSpeaking of Zukerman, he has some really great performances featured in the movie "Prince of Tides" (Barbra Streisand's husband in the movie is a pro violinist). I tried unsuccessfully for years to find the music he plays at the infamous dinner party and just recently, after over a decade of searching, FOUND IT!
Posted on August 3, 2006 at 08:49 PM
It is "Cavatina" by Brockman. AWESOME!!! Found in through Sheetmusicplus.com
From Ruth KueflerCheck out "Speaking in Strings" about Nadja Solerno-Sonnenberg. I used to just pass her by as melodramatic, unconventional, etc. without really knowing anything about her. This documentary reveals some of her background, motivations, and challeges, and helped me appreciate her fearless commitment to music. Really moving.
Posted on August 3, 2006 at 10:23 PM
From Richard HellingerMusic of the heart all the way. Amanda, How cant you love that movie... It is so inspiring. Even if there went any cellist or violists. I understand that though because I am a tuba player and our part in a band is so small that we are often left out too. But she did have a cellist son :)
Posted on August 3, 2006 at 11:18 PM
From Thomas Gardner"School of Rock" definately rocked. I found it to be enjoyable, but I guess I have that sort of humor. For serious music related movies the ones mentioned above seemed to work for me as well.
Posted on August 3, 2006 at 11:22 PM
From Ruth KueflerI like Music of the Heart, but I think Mr. Holland's Opus is even better. I also saw the Sandy Bottom Orchestra one time - kind of sappy, but not bad.
Posted on August 4, 2006 at 12:29 AM
From Preston HawesThe Pianist
Posted on August 4, 2006 at 12:52 AM
Sorry, really disliked Mr. Holland's Opus. Touching story, but if that piece was my opus, I think I would WISH I was deaf.
From Marty DaltonGosh, I hated Mr. Holland's Opus. I also didn't like Music of the Hear. I hope that doesn't make me a bad person.
Posted on August 4, 2006 at 01:25 AM
From Pieter ViljoenI think pretty much every movie where music was the focus was pretty absymal. I'll watch the full version of Amadeus, but when I saw it for like 5 minutes, all I saw was some annoying american laughing like the crackheads I walk past at 5am on the way back from drinking myself silly.
Posted on August 4, 2006 at 01:42 AM
The Red Violin dragged on, and I just cannot watch fake violin player and over dramatisation. No one is that attached to an instrument, and no one can play that well with the 19th C. version of Paris Hilton giving you a happy meal.
Mr. Holland's Opus was embarrasing. Touching to be sure, in a very saccharine way... but the music was pretty bad.
I'm a big fan of movies (some are very commercial, so I'm not this big indie snob), and I'd like to think I have semi good taste. I've just never found a movie where music was the focus to be very good, except for Immortal Beloved which I really like.
From Eric Godfrey"Ladies in Lavender" has to be in the running, if only because (a) Joshua Bell does a typically beautiful job with the extensive violin solos, and (b) any movie with Judi Dench and Maggie Smith as the stars is bound to be first-rate. The film is beautifully photographed and paced; you have to suspend belief in watching it, and just let it wash over you. The "violinist"-actor in the film could have used more training/coaching in simulating playing, but he's not bad (especially considering that he started from scratch - on DVD special features). Nigel Hess's original score is obviously important; his name was unfamiliar to me, but the music is generally well done, IMHO.
Posted on August 4, 2006 at 02:37 AM
In classical music (conductor, not violin) is the very funny 1948 black & white film "Unfaithfully Yours," in which Rex Harrison plays a conductor who suspects his wife's infidelity. The scene in which he concocts three scenarios in which to deal with her while conducting (variously Rossini, Tchaikovsky, Wagner) is hilarious. I've never seen the 1984 Dudley Moore remake, but assume that's good too.
From Atsushi YoshidaL'Accompagnatrice (The Accompanist): This film depicts well the psychological landscape of the concert accompanist--the pianist who has perfected the art of submission and self effacement. Indeed, when you think of it, it's sometimes a really thin line that separates those who make it as "stars" and those who play only a supporting role in the music-making process.
Posted on August 4, 2006 at 03:16 AM
From Peter WilsonPieter, I am in fairly close agreement with you on your assessment of the movies in question.
Posted on August 4, 2006 at 03:25 AM
What impressed me about the actors in Amadeus and Immortal Beloved was their skill at faking it. So often, we see bows and fingers going every which way when the music is not going that way at all. In Immortal Beloved, not only did Isabella Rossallini LEARN how to play the violin from scratch, but during the "Ghost" Trio, she was actually playing on the right strings with the correct fingerings! No, she didn't look 100% natural, but I had to hand it to the director and her for the accomplishment. Amadeus was great as well, especially with the young Mozart playing the violin.
The Red Violin is a movie you have to just lose yourself in, I think. Sure, those of us with intimate knowledge of the instrument are going to be watching critically, but I really enjoyed the evolution of the Corigliano score in this movie and the many personalities who played the instrument. Mr. Gypsy did a fine job personifying a Paganini-like character, I thought. It may have been over the top a bit, but isn't our image of Paganini?
Mr. Holland's Opus was okay on its first pass--kind of like how Forrest Gump was interesting in how it passes through many generations in one movie. I even appreciated the sentiment regarding music programs getting cut and how important music is in the development of students, even though these programs keep getting cut. The problem really was that in an effort to cover this man's entire teaching career, substance was lost along the way. More time could have been spent on the benefits of music education, etc. It drove me crazy that they let him conduct LEFTHANDED!!!--still horribly. And about that music he composed that was premiered at the end . . . tragic. It was a 3 minute symphony that took him 30 years to write. Oh dear.
From Pieter ViljoenAtsushi, I've always thought of "accompanists" as very much part of the performance. I don't think any great soloist wants an accompanist who is "subservient".
Posted on August 4, 2006 at 05:14 AM
From Nathan ColeI can't think of Music of the Heart or Mr. Holland's Opus in the same category with Amadeus. As commented above, there's not a performance in Amadeus that looks fake, whereas the other two movies are full of such fake jobs. I often think that our orchestra would be lucky to have Tom Hulce (as Mozart in Amadeus) in front of us instead of some of the people we have to put up with!
Posted on August 4, 2006 at 05:45 AM
If we're going to talk about Music of the Heart, has anyone at least seen the documentary about the real woman and her story? I haven't, I must admit. Wouldn't that be more interesting and inspiring?
And I loved American Graffiti and Close Encounters, but...
From Atsushi YoshidaGreat point Pieter.... But I'm sure you've attended recitals where, during the applause, you see the relatively unknown accompanist bowing most awkwardly and tentatively, as if wondering how much credit he is getting in relation to the star performer. By the way, we're not talking about cases like Kremer/Argerich. More like Fischer-Dieskau/Gerald Moore.
Posted on August 4, 2006 at 06:19 AM
From erdem orbayShine (geoffrey rush was amazing...)
Posted on August 4, 2006 at 11:17 AM
hillary & jackie (i am still crying :)
From Mike HarrisYes, Shine was really good. I liked Amadeus and I liked the Sam Jackson portions of The Red Violin...didn't care much for the rest of the movie. Most of the others I haven't felt compelled to watch. There's an old black and white film about a violinist that may have been mentioned above...I don't know the title. I can't remember if I saw "The Music Lovers," about Tchaikovsky--it would have been a long time ago. Finally, I don't know if I would still like it so much but long ago I loved "Mahler," directed by Ken Russell. Freaky and fun, that one
Posted on August 4, 2006 at 08:56 PM
From Eugene Kalerthere's a great movie: the legend of 1900. it's about a pianist; really well-made movie.
Posted on August 4, 2006 at 09:55 PM
there's another nice one: the art of the violin. ;)
Mahler was FANTASTIC. i went and got a few of his scores after that flick.
From Amanda SouthernThe Art of the Violin? Isn't that more of a documentary? It's a good one, too... that's another one that was constantly in the VCR at school.
Posted on August 4, 2006 at 10:17 PM
From Peter WilsonErdem!!!
Posted on August 5, 2006 at 05:47 AM
Thank you for reminding me about SHINE!!!
I can't believe I forgot to mention that movie--considering I OWN it on Laserdisc!!! Good golly!
Here again, the performance by Geoffrey Rush is truly remarkable--matching fingers to the piano!
Perhaps the only thing disappointing about this movie is that the film's subject (David Helfgott--sp?) was not actually THAT great of a pianist. I became very interested in learning more after seeing the film and was somewhat disappointed. Nevertheless, the film was very moving and well done--a great illustration of the power of music . . . that exists in all of us!
From Nicholas TavaniPreston,
Posted on August 5, 2006 at 05:59 AM
Blue is great. Are we the only two on here who've seen it?
The Pianist is really well done too.
From Preston HawesIt seems like it. I'd recommend Blue ("Bleu") even if you have to watch it with subtitles. Very interesting movie and I love Juliette Binoche in just about everything she's in.
Posted on August 5, 2006 at 06:35 AM
I hear Red (Rouge) is also a good movie; also a Kieslowski film.
From erdem orbayyou're welcome, Peter :)
Posted on August 5, 2006 at 09:54 AM
From Jim W. MillerKieslowski's Green (Vert) should not be overlooked. Nicholas Cage is great!
Posted on August 5, 2006 at 10:17 AM
From Cheng Hooi LeeI love Spring Symphony (starring Natasha Kinski & Gidon Kremer). Also Ladies in Lavender (Joshua Bell plays the soundtrack) & Humoreske (Isaac Stern plays the soudntrack too).
Posted on August 5, 2006 at 11:32 AM
From Sander MarcusThere was an old Hollywood movie, and I forgot the name, about the impressario Sol Hurok. It was a fictional biography, and it played fast and loose with historical facts. However, Isaac Stern had a bit part. He played Eugene Ysaye, which is really funny because Ysaye was a large man and Stern wasn't. Anyway, I believe Stern played a couple of pieces on camera. (Imagine Ysaye speaking American English with no accent). The piece I remember is the last movement of the Wieniewski #2 Concerto, and Stern's performance was fantastic. Anyone remember the name of the movie? Was it, "Tonight we sing"?
Posted on August 5, 2006 at 01:18 PM
There is also a Peter Sellers movie called "The World of Henry Orient," in which Sellers plays (to perfection) a lecherous concert pianist who is hounded by two meddling but naive teenage admirers. There is a scene of a "modern" piano concerto that is one of the funniest satires of classical music performance I have ever seen or heard of. It's worth renting the movie just for that one scene alone.
From Kevin JangThis is totally random, but have you guys seen Titanic? The string quartet who is in the movie are actual players!! That was the only thing I liked about the movie though...
Posted on August 5, 2006 at 02:20 PM
From Sander MarcusYes, and they should have played the Water Music or La Mer. I didn't think Titanic was all it was cracked up to be either. It just gave me a sinking feeling to watch it.
Posted on August 5, 2006 at 03:51 PM
From Alvin ChenI loved the documentary Touch the Sound. It's based on the abilities of the amazing percussionist, Evelyn Glennie. It really changed the way I perceived sound.
Posted on August 8, 2006 at 01:30 AM
From Maura Gerety"The Pianist" is a masterpiece, I absolutely love that movie. And regarding faking in music movies, I read somewhere that Adrien Brody actually learned to play the C# minor nocturne just for that movie. I think that's really him playing in the opening scene! How cool is that?
Posted on August 8, 2006 at 03:07 PM
Other great music movies=Immortal Beloved, Red Violin (of course), and I really want to see some of these old ones like Rhapsody and Humoresque...
From Carolyn ShieldsSo many favorites. From long ago: A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935), with Mendelssohn's music, Korngold's arrangements of other Mendelssohn music (e.g., Scottish Symphony for chorus), and Nijinska's choreography. Wish Warner Brothers would remarket it with good sound.
Posted on August 8, 2006 at 09:11 PM
From Peter OuyangI really liked "Tous les matins du monde" and "Farinelli", both of which have really interesting soundtracks (among other virtues.)
Posted on August 8, 2006 at 05:45 PM
From David KennedyI enjoy the classical scores for the Red Violin, and Mr. Hollands Opus. Also the score to the recently released Pride and Prejudice is quite nice as is the first Pirates of the Caribbean.
Posted on August 8, 2006 at 05:56 PM
Of course my favorite would have to be Amadeus which although historically flawed is musically superb. As far as Amadeus, I would have preferred a less freakish plotline and a more accurate historical portrayal of the greatest musical mind ever.
From Peter WilsonAdrien Brody was great in "The Pianist," of course, with regard to learning the C# minor Nocturne; however, I think the award for greatest feat achieved in the category of learning to play an instrument for a movie goes to Gary Oldman in "Immortal Beloved." I saw the making of that movie and he truly learned every note of Beethoven's "Emperor" Piano Concerto. (Emanuel Ax is the pianist on the recording used for the movie). Truly remarkable.
Posted on August 8, 2006 at 06:07 PM
A close second would be Geoffry Rush in "Shine."
Hey, let's vote on WORST fake instrumental performance in a movie! Richard Dreyfuss in "The Competition" ???
From Emily GrossmanIt's a ballade, not a nocturne.
Posted on August 8, 2006 at 09:50 PM
From Emily GrossmanOh yeah, at the beginning? I forgot.
Posted on August 8, 2006 at 09:52 PM
I'd be more impressed if he'd learned the ballade in G minor. But either way, the man swept me off my feet. Always a sucker for melancholy pianists.
From Nathan ColeThese accounts of fakery on piano and guitar aren't raising my respect for these instruments... :)
Posted on August 8, 2006 at 09:56 PM
Of course, to play any instrument on the highest level takes great dedication. But-- when's the last time you saw anyone successfully fake the violin in a movie? And please don't give me Meryl Streep or Russell Crowe! Violin has to be one of the toughest instruments to get off the ground.
From Karin LinEh? When did Russell Crowe play violin in a movie??
Posted on August 8, 2006 at 10:34 PM
I don't understand what's wrong with Meryl Streep. I thought her playing in Music of the Heart was excellent, although it wasn't "faking", if that's your objection; she actually learned to play the Bach Double, which I find quite impressive.
Really, the nature of the violin is such that it's difficult to fake convincingly; one really has to be able to play it---even if with poor intonation---to pull it off when the music is dubbed.
From Hansjürgen KohlhaasSchmaltzy and B&W, yet as a young lad was attracted to Brahms by it - "Lieben Sie Brahms?" (engl. title unknown) starring Ingrid Bergmann and Anthony Perkins - still love (and play) Brahms, and his Third is one of my eternal favorites.
Posted on August 8, 2006 at 10:48 PM
From Maura GeretyEmily,
Posted on August 8, 2006 at 11:28 PM
"The man swept me off my feet. Always a sucker for melancholy pianists."
Hell yeah! :) Not to mention sad WW2 movies, and Chopin. Adrien Brody, wartime Warsaw, and Chopin....the recipe for a perfect movie. :)
I have to admit, after I saw "The Pianist" I, a keyboard-challenged musician if there ever was one, I immediately downloaded the sheet music to the C# minor. I also got the G minor ballade, but one look at the second page onwards and I decided it was a bad idea.
From Manuel B. GiménezWhy does nobody remember old films in which famous violinists appeared? For example, J. Heifetz in 'Carnegie Hall' and 'They shall have music', T. Seidel in 'Melody for three', I. Stern in 'Tonight we sing', and so on.
Posted on August 8, 2006 at 11:53 PM
From Peter WilsonI'm pretty sure the C# minor (opus post.) is a Nocturne. This is the one Milstein arranged for violin/piano, yes?
Posted on August 9, 2006 at 03:14 AM
From Nathan ColeThe Russell Crowe movie was Master and Commander, for which he bragged that he studied the violin for six months. I didn't hear or read anything about Meryl Streep's preparation for her movie, although I remember a teacher or consultant was credited. In any case, neither's playing was used in their respective films, and no wonder! I wouldn't want to study the piano for 6 months and be heard publicly.
Posted on August 9, 2006 at 04:11 AM
I realize that I'm sensitive to violin visuals (like most of us here) but I do find it interesting that it's a difficult illusion to pull off, playing the violin. More than piano or guitar, like I mentioned before, and which we've all seen done both well and badly by actors. That's why I get especially incredulous when movies use actors to play musicians in non-speaking roles. They look bad doing it, and their whole purpose should be to look good!
Oh well, I'm sure there's someone who sounds just like me on countryguitarist.com ripping on Joaquin Phoenix.
Now in Humoresque, I read about Isaac Stern actually putting his arms through the coatsleeves of the actor and playing the showpieces! Now that's special effects!
From Maura GeretyOK, to clear up the "Pianist" Chopin confusion: the piece that Adrien Brody learned, the one in the opening scene where the German bombs disrupt a recording session, is Nocturne #20, opus posthumous, in C# minor. Towards the end, the piece that Szpilman plays for the German officer is the G minor Ballade (even though in real life Szpilman played the C# minor nocturne...) at the very end when the war is over and Szpilman is playing a concert in Warsaw, that's (I think?) the Grande Polonaise Brilliante.
Posted on August 9, 2006 at 04:51 AM
From Emily GrossmanYes. I'm not confused. I was for a second, and I could have deleted my confusion, but I thought it best to pass it on instead.
Posted on August 9, 2006 at 05:44 AM
"even though in real life Szpilman played the C# minor nocturne..." Maura, I always wondered how in the heck a starving concentration camp victim in a sub-freezing room could pull off that ballade without even actually practicing. So he didn't huh? Figures. And you know that piano wouldn't have been in tune at all.
This is why I can't really enjoy movies. But Adrien Brody helps.
From Cheng Hooi LeeRichard Tognetti (Aust CO) taught Russell Crowe for M & C. It's true.
Posted on August 9, 2006 at 12:44 PM
From Maura GeretyEmily,
Posted on August 9, 2006 at 02:27 PM
Well, the C# isn't the hardest piece ever written, and he'd played it a zillion times before the war. The piano was indeed horrendously out of tune, and I bet he hit a few clunkers. So in real life I'm sure the scene was not nearly as beautiful as the one in the movie. But it saved his life!
From Kevin HuangDavid Oistrakh's docudrama "Artist of the People?" by Bruno Monsaigneon is more interesting than any fictional movie I've ever seen.
Posted on August 9, 2006 at 03:41 PM
Also terribly interesting is Nathan Milstein's "Art of Invention" video, which is a two hour interview/performance with Georges Pludamacher.
The same goes for Nadja Salerno's "Speaking in Strings", Stern's "From Mao to Mozart" and Perlman's "Moscow" videos.
From Manuel B. GiménezI forgot mention other two films in which appear Heifetz: 'Heifetz & Piatigorsky' and 'Heifetz in performance'. They are very interesting. And there´s a splendid documental about the Concours Reine Elizabeth (´Le concours d´une reine').
Posted on August 9, 2006 at 10:59 PM
Kevin, Do you know 'Perlman & Zukerman' and 'Pinchas Zukerman..."Here to make music"', two films directed by C. Nupen? If not, I recommend you.
From Robert RöselThis thread seems to be kind of fading, but I would like to recommend "As [it is] in heaven" (it seems that both titles are used). It's a Swedish movie (original title: "Så som i himmelen") about a famous conductor who decides to return to his home village after a heart attack. It's a touching movie (handkerchieves recommended) about how music can affect people. Since the first part deals with the young boy becoming a violin virtuoso, it is particularly interesting to violinists. The movie is still showing here in Germany. It received an Oscar nomination, so there may be a chance to watch it even outside of Europe.
Posted on October 31, 2006 at 01:24 PM
From Terry HsuChen Kaige's film 'Together' from 2003 is about a 13 year old violinist prodigy and his father. It is about the contrast between ambition and family.
Posted on October 31, 2006 at 08:34 PM
I too love Amadeus, From Mao to Mozart, and all the others mentioned. I was surprised this movie wasn't mentioned. It's not great, but is quite enjoyable.
From benny atkinsonI'd like to mention 'Kolya' a Czech film about a cellist and a little boy. Lovely story.
Posted on October 31, 2006 at 09:49 PM
From Maura GeretyI LOVE "Kolya!" One of my favorite movies. I was starting to understand Czech by the end of it though, which was pretty surreal. :)
Posted on October 31, 2006 at 10:32 PM
From Neil CameronBoth Together and Kolya are terrific movies, but of the two, Kolya is the one I'll be buying the DVD of. It really is sublime.
Posted on October 31, 2006 at 10:47 PM
From parmeeta bhogalI just watched "Together" last week. Good film, and children enjoyed it very much.
Posted on November 2, 2006 at 06:55 AM
One comment from them though, referring to how realistically violin learning is potrayed "No class would go like that (student playing, teacher just listening)..teacher would be constantly adjusting, commenting, asking to to stop and pick up notes again, or repeat this and that in this and that way..."
From Mischa S.Orchestra Rehearsal (Fellini)
Posted on November 2, 2006 at 08:13 AM
"Before writing the script", Fellini noted, "I interviewed a lot of musicians, a good hundred maybe. I met the greatest Italian soloists. I managed to keep in mind their crazy identification with their instrument."
Violinist: "It is the brain, the heart of the orchestra... the violin is the most virile instrument of the orchestra because it is penetrating, phallic! It is not feminine but lovesick, vibrant and always actual; it is still the favorite instrument at conservatoire. It is the diva of the orchestra, the star! [...]"
Trombone: "An irreplaceable instrument used for accompanying the clowns when they fall on the ground. [...]"
Great movie, though a little bit fogyish, but it's always a great scene, when some brass players exchange the conductors stand with a giant metronome during the rebellion while an elder woman says in the camera : "Once a child asked me, where does the music go when music ends?"
From Jude ZiliakThe film about Marin Marais, Tous les Matins du Monde, is my favorite, far and away.
Posted on November 3, 2006 at 04:09 AM
From Mischa S.The movie about Grammy-winner Thomas Quasthoff The Dreamer (trailer). What a man! Great Jazzer, too.
Posted on November 15, 2006 at 06:46 PM
From Andrew KoenigA Mighty Wind. Seriously!
Posted on November 15, 2006 at 07:12 PM
From Jay AzneerYes, Giorgio---It's silly but fun and has some wonderful singing.
Posted on November 15, 2006 at 07:19 PM
From Linda LerskierNo one mentioned Les Choristes (The Choir/Chorus?)? There's some lovely singing in there too, and the little boy Pépinot is adorable.
Posted on November 15, 2006 at 11:12 PM
From Mariana Levin"Un Coeur en hiver"--Emmanuelle Beart plays a violin virtuoso in love with a luthier. The film features the Ravel sonata, duo for violin and cello, and the piano trio.
Posted on November 15, 2006 at 09:24 PM
Another that hasn't been mentioned is "Impromptu", a romantic comedy in which Judy Davis plays George Sand, Hugh Grant plays Chopin, and Julian Sands plays Liszt.
From Maura GeretyThey made a romantic comedy about Liszt, Chopin and George Sand???? Excellent, I must see that! :)
Posted on November 16, 2006 at 01:00 AM
From Albert JusticeBravehart definitely--outlawed music, on outlawed instruments.
Posted on November 16, 2006 at 01:39 AM
From Tia PietschNot violin related, but Topsy Turvy is fun.
Posted on November 16, 2006 at 02:12 AM
From Albert JusticeShould've added Amadeus and The Red Violin too....
Posted on November 16, 2006 at 04:26 AM
From Mischa S.oh - Impromptu was hard. Same as having to watch "Sense And Sensibility", "Howards End", etc... Here's a short summary.
Posted on November 16, 2006 at 10:43 AM
... and thanks to Luis for the tip: Tocar Y Luchar is a MUST. Unbelievable, what has been done there:
[quote from their site]
From anisha nettoI second Linda..Les Choiristes was a wonderful film..very touching too.Together,Music of my heart,The Pianist and Amadeus are my favourites..:)
Posted on November 16, 2006 at 11:22 AM
From Maura GeretyMischa, that clip was hilarious! :) I still want to see Impromptu though...I find 19th-century chick flicks immensely entertaining. :)
Posted on November 16, 2006 at 03:17 PM
From Anne HorvathThis movie is also a bit off-topic, but I would like to recommend "The Red Shoes", a 1948 movie about a ballerina torn apart by her personal and professional life. It stars Moira Shearer, Marius Goring, and Anton Walbrook. The music, by Brian Easdale, is gorgeous.
Posted on November 16, 2006 at 03:23 PM
I cry every time I see it.
"Julian...take off the Red Shoes..." (sob).
From Terez MertesOoh, how did I miss this thread earlier? Love hearing about music movies that other ppl like. Thumbs up on the following
Posted on November 16, 2006 at 05:52 PM
Un Coeur en Hiver
Have always felt rather sheepish about admitting to musicians that I fell in love with Mozart's music because of Amadeus, and then listening to the soundtrack over and over and over. (Had never seen a violin up close, back in those days, much less played one.) Oh well, there it is. Just relieved to see here that classical musicians don't bash the movie, b/c I really really loved it.
Am nervous about seeing The Pianist. Holocaust stuff really breaks my heart and leaves me emotionally wasted for days and days. A poll here, for anyone still reading this thread - is the movie a must-see? Like I said, I love good music movies.
From Tom HolzmanThe Pianist is a must-see.
Posted on November 16, 2006 at 07:05 PM
The Piano Teacher with Isabelle Huppert (based on Elfriede Jelinek's novel) is very good if you can stomach a walk on the wild side. At least you will be glad that you did not have a mother like the main character's (which I understand is pretty much what Jelinek's mother was like).
From Maura GeretyThe Pianist is really excellent. Haunting and depressing, of course, but a brilliant film with some fantastic acting (and lots of Chopin). A must-see.
Posted on November 16, 2006 at 08:05 PM
From Tom HolzmanMaura - the email on your site is not working. I tried to send you a private message but it sent back an undeliverable.
Posted on November 16, 2006 at 08:13 PM
From Terri BoraI saw a short yet powerful little film on either You Tube or Google Videos called "Diminished Fifth" that I think ALL parents of young violinists should see. It is VERY powerful. I also liked Hilary and Jackie (minus that really uncomfortable part ;o)
Posted on November 17, 2006 at 12:31 PM
From Terez MertesAll right, Maura and Tom - I'm seeing The Pianist. Just as long as I have a box of Kleenex (and a glass of red wine) nearby.
Posted on November 17, 2006 at 06:59 PM
From Maura GeretyI just saw "Impromptu", it's fantastic. Who knew Liszt was such a wisecracker? :)
Posted on January 6, 2007 at 04:42 AM
From Anne HorvathI watched "Autumn Sonata" the other night. It was directed by Ingmar Bergman, and stars Ingrid Bergman, as a concert pianist visiting her daughters. The movie, although terrific and moving, depressed me terribly.
Posted on January 6, 2007 at 04:31 PM
From Sander MarcusYou generally don't see an Ingmar Bergman movie to be entertained or uplifted, as profound as his films are. But there are a few "fun" ones, like Smiles of a Summer Night.
Posted on January 6, 2007 at 04:47 PM
From Craig PaulahaHow can "This is Spinal Tap" not have shown up on this list? ;-) I thought it was hilarious!
Posted on February 8, 2007 at 03:53 PM
From Ross ChristopherThis is Spinal Tap is the most pivotal music movie ever made!
Posted on February 8, 2007 at 03:59 PM
~It Goes to 11
From Grainne MurrayAmadeus woooo!!!
Posted on February 8, 2007 at 06:55 PM
And the pianist...wow, powerful! its amazing!
From Wayne SchaferAnother Ingmar Bergman film with a musical theme: "Saraband". Great performances from the 4 person cast and on the DVD an excellent piece "The Making of Saraband" showing the 84-year old Bergman at work with his crew.
Posted on February 9, 2007 at 03:11 AM
From Vince V.Red Violin.
Posted on February 9, 2007 at 08:59 AM
From Daniel HPhantom of the Opera (2004). One of the guilty pleasures of mine.
Posted on February 10, 2007 at 07:58 AM
From Albert JusticeAmadeus--for sure...
Posted on February 10, 2007 at 08:47 AM
Braveheart "outlawed songs on outlawed instruments"
The Red Violin--a little cheesy on the story line but powerful.
Jesus Christ Superstar--the original, not latest.
Phantom of the Opera--the original.
From Robert Rösel"Vitus" (starring Teo Gheorghiu)
Posted on February 13, 2007 at 11:37 AM
From Eric GodfreyTo revive this thread for a moment:
Posted on August 16, 2007 at 05:32 AM
Re: "Music of the Heart," aside from its violinistic feature film merits, I highly recommend watching the 77-minute documentary on which it was based, "Small Wonders." It is included as a 2nd DVD disk with the feature film (at least the "Collector's Series" release). It includes footage of the 1993 "Fiddlefest" at Carnegie Hall, which is recreated in the movie. Where else could you see, all playing on stage at one time, Ani and Ida Kavafian, Isaac Stern, Midori, Itzhak Perlman, Arnold Steinhardt, Michael Tree, and Mark O'Connor, among others of note, and of course Roberta Guaspari Tzavares herself conducting (the role played very accurately, it turns out, by Meryl Streep). Not all were apparently available for the 1999 feature film, which reconstructed the concert, and I don't think Joshua Bell (in the movie version of the concert) was in the original concert. The documentary itself was nominated for an Oscar.
Also notable are some of the special features on the movie DVD, including "Background/Wisdom Sound Bites," in which a number of the professional violinists talk briefly about how they took up the instrument; and an uncut behind the scenes version of the 1st movement of the Bach double concerto as it was being filmed at Carnegie Hall. All worth a look. How can you be a violinist and not give both movies two scrolls up? :)
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