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Time103 mins
GenreComedy; Music; Fantasy
DirectorKen Russell
ActorRoger Daltrey as Franz Liszt; Rick Wakeman as Thor; Sara Kestelman as Princess Carolyn; Ringo Starr as The Pope; Veronica Quilligan as Cosima; Fiona Lewis as Marie d'Agoult; Murray Melvin as Hector Berlioz; Nell Campbell as Olga Janina; Felicity Devonshire as Governess; Aubrey Morris as Manager; John Justin as Count d'Agoult; Imogen Claire as George Sand; Paul Nicholas as Richard Wagner; Rikki Howard as Countess; Andrew Reilly as Hans Von Buelow
RatingR (Restricted)
CinematographyPeter Suschitzky
PlotA send-up of the bawdy life of Romantic composer/piano virtuoso Franz Liszt, with ubiquitous phallic imagery and a good portion of the film devoted to Liszt's 'friendship' with fellow composer Richard Wagner. The film begins during the time when Franz would give piano performance to a crowd of shrieking teenage fans while maintaining affairs with his (multiple!) mistresses. He eventually seeks Princess Carolyne of St. Petersburg (at her invitation), elopes, and, after their marriage is forbidden by the Pope, he embraces the monastic life as an abb�.
ProducerDavid Puttnam; Sanford Lieberson
WriterKen Russell