Lisztomania

Lisztomania

Director: Ken Russell

Cast: Ken Russell, Roger Daltrey, Sara Kestelman, Paul Nicholas

     
 

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… See more details below

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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, actually assisted in the production of Wagner's opulent productions. Russell, on the other hand, presents Wagner as Liszt's jealous rival ready to wreak havoc on the world by unleashing a cryogenic Viking (Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman) and a horde of machine-gun wielding robot Nazis. In a finale out of Flash Gordon serials, Liszt saves the day after surviving a guillotine designed for phallic dismemberment. The film is fast and loud and wildly undisciplined, much like one of Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsodies. Look fast and you'll see Ringo Starr as the pope.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/07/2012
UPC:
0883316615836
Original Release:
1975
Source:
Warner Archives
Region Code:
0
Time:
1:43:00
Sales rank:
12,707

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Roger Daltrey Franz Liszt
Sara Kestelman Princess Carolyn
Paul Nicholas Richard Wagner
Fiona Lewis Countess Marie
Veronica Quilligan Cosima
Nell Campbell Olga
Andrew Reilly Hans von Bulow
Ringo Starr Pope
John Justin Count d'Agoult
Anulka Dziubinska Lola Montez
Imogen Claire George Sand
Peter Brayham Bodyguard
David English Captain
Rick Wakeman Thor
Rikki Howard Countess
Felicity Devonshire Governess
Murray Melvin Hector Berlioz
Andrew Faulds Strauss
Kenneth Colley Frederic Chopin
Aubrey Morris Manager
Ken Parry Rossini
Otto Diamant Felix Mendelsohn
Georgina Hale Actor
Oliver Reed Princess Carolyn's Servant

Technical Credits
Ken Russell Director,Screenwriter
Roy Baird Producer
Stuart Baird Editor
Jonathan Benson Asst. Director
Philip Harrison Art Director
Sandy Lieberson Producer
David Puttnam Producer
Shirley Russell Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Suschitzky Cinematographer
Rick Wakeman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision

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