15 best films about classical music

January 18, 2023 21:10

From Tar to Amadeus – the best films about classical music.

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When classical music and cinema come together, magic happens. Join us as we explore some of the greatest films of all time about classical music and musicians.

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  1. Amadeus (1984)

    Depicting Mozart’s life and his conflict with fellow composer Salieri, this 1984 film was a huge box office success. Although the composer was baptized as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgang Theophilus Mozart, the title of the film is often referred to as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The film is a true staple of classical music presented on the big screen.

  2. Pianist (2002)

    A moving biographical war drama based on the memoirs of Polish-Jewish musician Wladyslaw Szpilman. After hearing Szpilman play a Chopin ballad, a German officer takes pity on the pianist and offers him food and shelter.

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    Adrien Brody as Wladyslaw Szpilman in The Pianist (2002)

    Adrien Brody as Wladyslaw Szpilman in The Pianist (2002).

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  3. Warehouse (2023)

    Cate Blanchett won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Lydia Thal, the fictional first female conductor of a major German orchestra.while scoring brilliantly joker Sprinkled with references to composer Hildur Guðnadottir, as well as Leonard Bernstein, Marin Alsop and even Deutsche Grammophon, Blanchett has since Warehouse“It’s not a film about conducting [or] Also about classical music. This is a test of the corruptibility of institutional power. ”

  4. Rhapsody in Blue (1945)

    The music of George Gershwin is as inspiring as the story of his life in this biopic starring 20th century jazz maestro Hazel Scott. Gershwin, played by Robert Alda, may be an avid composer, but his desire for success ultimately destroys his relationship.

    Hazel Scott on a movie set

    Hazel Scott on the set of the movie “Rhapsody in Blue” (1945).

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  5. Fantasia (1940)

    Each mini-story in this Disney movie is based on classical music such as Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. Memorable highlights include Mickey Mouse trying to perform a magic trick. Sorcerer’s Apprentice By Dukas.

    Fantasia (1940)

    Fantasia (1940).

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  6. Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2009)

    A stunning combination of passionate music and a passionate love story set in Paris at the time of Stravinsky’s premiere spring festivalCoco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky both took Paris by storm with radical ideas in their respective fields of fashion and music.

    Mads Mikkelsen and Anna Mouglalis in Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky (2009)

    Mads Mikkelsen and Anna Mouglalis starring in Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky (2009).

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  7. Late Quartet (2012)

    The musical film starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Christopher Walken was released in April 2013. It tells the story of her four members of a quartet who struggle to stay together in the face of adversity.

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    Philip Seymour Hoffman and Christopher Walken to star in 'A Late Quartet'

    Philip Seymour Hoffman and Christopher Walken appear in ‘A Late Quartet’.

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  8. Paganini: The Devil’s Violinist (2013)

    Telling the story of Italian violinist and composer Niccolo Paganini, the film is set in the early 19th century and stars David Garrett as the eponymous hero. Asked what he thought was the difference between him and Paganini, Garrett replied: He may have been a little eccentric. ”

    Paganini: The Devil's Violinist with David Garrett

    Paganini: The Devil’s Violinist starring David Garrett.

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  9. The Piano (1993)

    Featuring the best-selling soundtrack by Michael Nyman, piano Set in the mid-19th century, it details the story of a mute pianist and his daughter who are abandoned on a New Zealand beach. increase.

    Holly Hunter and Anna Paquin on 'The Piano'

    Holly Hunter and Anna Paquin on ‘The Piano’.

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  10. Immortal Lovers (1994)

    Starring Gary Oldman, this 1994 film explores the identity of Beethoven’s Immortal Beloved. The mysterious object of Beethoven’s affection is mentioned in a letter written by the composer, obtained by his biographer Anton Schindler.

    Starring Gary Oldman as Beethoven in Immortal Lovers (1994)

    Gary Oldman stars as Beethoven in Immortal Beloved (1994).

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  11. Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

    Meryl Streep starred opposite Hugh Grant Florence Foster Jenkins A comedy that follows a real-life New York heiress known for her very bad singing on her road to fame at the Opera House. The painfully funny imitation of is the highlight.

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    Hugh Grant plays St. Clair Bayfield, Foster Jenkins' manager and husband.

    Hugh Grant plays St. Clair Bayfield, Foster Jenkins’ manager and husband.

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  12. Improvisation (1991)

    Hugh Grant is an unlikely choice to play Chopin in this biopic that shifts from romantic comedy to romantic piano music. It tells the story of Chopin’s love affair with a French novelist known under the pseudonym George Sand.

  13. Hillary and Jackie (1998)

    Chronicling the life of world-famous cellist Jacqueline du Pré, this film traces her rise to fame, her marriage to conductor Daniel Barenboim and her tragic and untimely death. It is based on the memoirs of Jacqueline’s sister, Hilary, who supported her account even after the film sparked controversy for allegedly distorting details of Jacqueline’s life.

    Emily Watson to star as 'Jackie' Dupre

    Emily Watson stars as Jackie Du Pre.

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  14. Quartet (2012)

    Four members of a nursing home can come together to form a vocal quartet and perform Verdi songs. RigolettoHowever, these four performers happen to be retired opera singers with complicated pasts…

    Quartet starring Billy Connolly and Maggie Smith (2012)

    A quartet (2012) featuring Billy Connolly and Maggie Smith.

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  15. August Rush (2007)

    After escaping from a boys’ orphanage, 11-year-old musical prodigy Evan Taylor arrives in New York City, where his talents are discovered by many characters and he takes on the stage name “August Rush.” Sprinkled with famous musical institutions such as the Juilliard School and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the film makes a heartwarming statement: “Music is all around us. All we have to do is listen.” increase.

    Freddie Highmore conducts the orchestra in August Rush (2007)

    Freddie Highmore conducts the orchestra in August Rush (2007).

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