The Mystery of Chopin: The Strange Case of Delphina Potocka

Overview

In this unusual period drama from 1999, classical music expert and filmmaker Tony Palmer delves into the final years of Polish-born Romantic composer Frédéric François Chopin to unearth a compelling and tragic love story that developed between Chopin and Delfina Potocka, a Polish countess who served as the great musician's muse. Chopin and Potocka's voluminous exchanged correspondence radiated passion, but Palmer argues that their relationship created sad ripple effects years into the future, including the ...
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Overview

In this unusual period drama from 1999, classical music expert and filmmaker Tony Palmer delves into the final years of Polish-born Romantic composer Frédéric François Chopin to unearth a compelling and tragic love story that developed between Chopin and Delfina Potocka, a Polish countess who served as the great musician's muse. Chopin and Potocka's voluminous exchanged correspondence radiated passion, but Palmer argues that their relationship created sad ripple effects years into the future, including the mysterious death (and possible suicide) of Potocka's granddaughter, Paulina Czerina. She apparently knew of Chopin's almost obsessive interest in her grandmother from her own possession of the letters, and found this knowledge too difficult to bear. In lieu of merely quoting or excerpting the letters, Palmer works the events referenced in them into individual scenes and uses those scenes to draw events from the last few years of Chopin's life.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/4/2010
  • UPC: 604388735204
  • Original Release: 1999
  • Source: United States Dist
  • Region Code: 0
  • Time: 1:49:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 65,040

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Rhys Chopin
Penelope Wilton Delfina/Paulina
John Shrapnel Iwaszkiewic
Corin Redgrave
Terence Rigby Sydow
Patricia Quinn George Sand
John Fortune
John Bird
Peter Woodthorpe
Michael Gough
Vernon Dobtcheff
Technical Credits
Tony Palmer Director, Editor
Michela Antonello Producer
Rob Ayling Executive Producer
Clive Barda Cinematographer
David Forrest Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Mystery of Chopin: Strange Case of Delphina Potocka
1. Introduction - Poland 1945 [2:07]
2. "One of the Monuments of Our National Culture" [3:35]
3. Letters to Countess Delfina Potocka [4:00]
4. Chopin & Delfina [2:26]
5. "A Gross Slander on Chopin and... on Poland" [6:01]
6. Chopin's Childhood [3:43]
7. The Real Chopin? [6:58]
8. Letter to the Ministry of Interior [2:48]
9. In the Countryside [8:10]
10. Little Emilia [3:14]
11. The Failed Uprising, 1830 [6:40]
12. Czernicka's Broadcast and Chopin's Paris [11:08]
13. Chopin and George Sand - a Peculiar Affair [2:56]
14. Paulina Czernicka Arrested [1:37]
15. The Trial Commences [11:20]
16. Madame Sand and Majorca [7:04]
17. Scotland - "A Donkey at a Masked Ball" [8:59]
18. The Judgement [2:08]
19. Delfina's Lament [5:15]
20. "Like Madame Czernicka... We All Play a Price" [3:18]
21. A Graveside Farewell [3:06]
22. End Credits [2:07]
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