Lisztomania (1975)

Lisztomania

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This audacious, vulgar, freewheeling fantasia on the life of pianist Franz Liszt ranks among director Ken Russell's most outrageous efforts. Roger Daltrey, lead singer for The Who, is awkward yet likeable as the flamboyant piano performer with a bevy of fetching mistresses and groupies, while Paul Nicholas is completely outlandish as the scheming opera composer Richard Wagner. There's no nod to reality here: Liszt and Wagner were in fact friends, and Liszt, who became Wagner's father-in-law, … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Ken Russell
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Cast


as Franz Liszt

as Princess Carolyn

as Richard Wagner

as Countess Marie

as Hans von Bulow

as Count d'Agoult

as Lola Montez

as George Sand

as Bodyguard

as Countess

as Hector Berlioz

as Frederic Chopin

as Manager

as Rossini

as Felix Mendelsohn

as Princess Carolyn's S...
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Critic Reviews for Lisztomania

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | September 1, 2008
Variety
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

While it may lack narrative sense, this is, without a doubt, one of the most unpredictable and hypnotic viewing experiences you could ever hope to have.

Full Review… | August 12, 2012
Aisle Seat

This is Ken Russell unfiltered -- straight-up and unafraid to go wherever his mind leads him. Absolutely unique.

Full Review… | February 2, 2012
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Lisztomania

Franz Listz, a huge 19th century celebrity because of his hit version of "Chopsticks," beds a succession of mistresses until the Pope orders him to travel to Germany and exorcise a demon from rival composer Richard Wagner. It's the biography of Franz Liszt if it were directed by Benny Hill working from a script by Federico Fellini; its silly and phallic, and lots of fun if you can surrender yourself to it.

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Greg S

Super Reviewer

½

If this had less singing sequences and more crazy Wagner-vampire-frankenstein sequences i would rate this even better. Neverless, good ol Ken Russell knows how to make a good bio pic. You will be missed sir.

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Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

½

Franz Liszt(Roger Daltrey) performs at a sold out show, almost entirely composed of screaming teenaged girls. The only exception is Richard Wagner(Paul Nicholas), a promising young composer, whose work Liszt makes fun of before Wagner slinks off into the darkness. Fame is not all fun and games as Liszt is commanded to perform for Tsar Nicholas, taking him away again from his paramour Marie(Fiona Lewis) who gave up everything to be with him. At least, his daughter Cosima(Veronica Quilligan) makes him a doll which should comfort him until he makes a detour to visit Princess Carolyn(Sara Kestelman).

With baroque, anachronistic and stylistic energy and imagery that includes an additional debt to classic and silent films, Ken Russell is less interested in the facts of Franz Liszt's life, assuming the audience is already familiar with his story and music(all I know is from the film "Impromptu" which featured Julian Sands as the Hungarian composer), than with creating a personal and psycho-political film that tries with a good deal of success to show what the inside of an artist's head looks like. Of course, not everything we see in there is pretty, as Liszt lives constantly in fear of being castrated and/or trapped. That's nothing compared to Richard Wagner who Russell sees as the root of all evil, i.e. Nazism. While I admire the effort to show the Nazis not occuring in a political vacuum, their causes probably went beyond just one classical composer.

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Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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