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Richard Wagner at Bayreuth. Liszt, who was also his father-in-law, can be seen at the piano. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Watching Lisztomania was a voyage of discovery. Both Katalin and I discovered all sorts of interesting historical tidbits about Franz Liszt, Richard Wagner, George Sand, and other that we didn’t know before. I discovered that I have a deep affinity for the oeuvre of Ken Russell, and I and also discovered that Katalin does not. I would say that she discovered it as well, but I’m actually pretty sure she knew that beforehand.
This film is (barely) a biopic of noted 19th composer and performer, Franz Liszt. It charts his rise to fame, the mania he inspired in his audiences (the lisztomania that the movie is named after), and his troubled relationship with his many lovers and his children. It does all this as a musical fantasia, psychedelic and surreal, dirty and delightful.
John gives Lisztomania 3 out of 4 dick cancer guns. He enjoyed it thoroughly, although he thought it could do with a bit of editing to make the whole think tighter. Katalin gave this movie 1/2 dick out of 4 dick cancer guns, but at least everyone involved seemed really enthusiastic, which should count for something.