The Life And Loves Of Mozart

  • 1955
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Biography

The convention among novelists and screenplay writers appears to be that artists can only create masterworks when they have an erection; thoughts of a beautiful damsel must enter their minds before artistic fulfillment occurs. This is another filmic biography in that trite living-muse mold. Mozart was as inveterate a letter-writer as he was a composer;...read more

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The convention among novelists and screenplay writers appears to be that artists can only create masterworks when they have an erection; thoughts of a beautiful damsel must enter their minds before artistic fulfillment occurs. This is another filmic biography in that trite living-muse mold.

Mozart was as inveterate a letter-writer as he was a composer; his diatribes and his penchant for scatological jokes are too well known to excuse such cliches as this, which is not even up to the level of the later AMADEUS (the latter had the great composer as an idiot savant, nonfunctional in any

but musical terms). Like many such composer biographies, this one is partly saved by its music. It has the added advantage of a charismatic performance by Werner, and good work by the others in the cast. The English title aside, the film depicts only Mozart's later years, a time of poverty,

strife, and disgrace. His problems were political, more the fault of his librettist, Emmanuel Schikaneder (Kunz) than himself. The two were devoted Freemasons at a time when the espousal of such a philosophy was outlaw heresy in Austria and much of the rest of Europe. The picture takes place

during the premiere of "Die Zauberflote" ("The Magic Flute"), which was widely viewed as a paean of praise to Freemasonry. Werner's supposed Mozart-muse is Matz, who plays Pamina in the opera (with vocal assistance from Gueden). With the inspiration of Matz--at the expense of the long-suffering

Frau Mozart (Kuckelmann)--Werner completes some wonderfully melodic works before his demise, leaving a lyrical legacy for the lovelorn Matz, who dolefully trails his funeral wagon in a howling nonmusical wind at the film's conclusion. (In German, English subtitles.)

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