It looks...a little ropy! The violin playing has not even been faked, the actor whipping the instrument from his shoulder with a flourish the instant the music finishes. The music itself seems inappropriate. This view though is purely based on the trailer, which I'll post below. On a sample of less than three minutes it is unfair to judge, and I will certainly see the film when it appears here, but I already have doubts about its seriousness.
There are two narratives (there may be more) to be opened up and examined here, and they both interest me deeply. One is the musical story of a violinist and composer still not fully recognized. The other concerns the way a talented colonial figure and an enslaved person from a French Caribbean possession made his way to success in metropolitan France. Will the film answer questions such as how did he learn the instrument, where did he learn composition, what prejudices did he face, and what did he feel about the French Revolution, as revolutionary France declared all French citizens free and equal, yet sought to re-enslave Saint-Domingue?
Really delightful stuff, and a different take on the classical era from Mozart. I programmed both his Op. 11 Symphonies the past year, and the string quartets are really fun to play.
This seems to fall into the formula trap of the historic biopic, but maybe it's just a bad trailer.
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He was pretty successful in the music world (and also considered the best fencer in all of France) but still faced lots of hardships due to racial prejudice since he was half black. He also led the best orchestra in France as well. I think they could explore both narratives in the film. He was a successful violinist and composer who isn’t recognized, but he of course was a previously enslaved. So obviously one of (if not the most strongest) reason he isn’t recognized today or even back in his time is because he was black. Sure he was only half black but that was enough back then.
Either way, I hope they do his story justice. He certainly deserves it and it was long overdue.