Impromptu

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(out of 5)


For some, the idea of making up a story that involves great historical figures of the art world might seem like total sacrilege, but in James Lapine’s delightful romantic comedy the experiment is the stuff of movie magic.   is indomitable as author Georges Sand, who vacations with a group of artists in the home of a wealthy aristocrat (a hilariously dizzy ) and while there comes across both the talents and personal charms of pianist and composer Frederic Chopin (). Unfortunately, she is rivalled by Franz Liszt’s estranged wife () for Chopin’s affections, and must fight some pretty nasty romantic entanglements before seeing her way clear to enjoying an affair with this man whose personality and music have captured her entirely.  is perfectly cast as the undeniably (though not unappealingly) self-important Liszt, and the clever script finds good ways to make real lives worthy of fiction.


C.L.G. Films, Governor Productions, Les Films Ariane, Sovereign Pictures

United Kingdom/France, 1991

Directed by

Screenplay by

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by ,

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Independent Spirit Awards 1991.  

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