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Lisztomania (1975)


A 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 abbé.

Director: Ken Russell
Writer: Ken Russell

Lisztomania Vodly
Vodly Score: 6.2/10 from 11 votes
Release Date: 1975-10-10
Status: Released
Run time: 103 min / 1:43
Production Companies : Goodtimes Enterprises, Visual Programme Systems, Warner Bros. Pictures
Production Country: United Kingdom


Roger Daltrey
as Franz Liszt
Sara Kestelman
as Princess Carolyn
Paul Nicholas
as Richard Wagner
Ringo Starr
as The Pope
Rick Wakeman
as Thor
John Justin
as Count d'Agoult
Fiona Lewis
as Marie d'Agoult
Veronica Quilligan
as Cosima
Nell Campbell
as Olga Janina
Andrew Reilly
as Hans von Bülow
David English
as Captain
Felicity Devonshire
as Governess
Murray Melvin
as Hector Berlioz
Oliver Reed
as Princess Carolyn's Servant
Aubrey Morris
as Manager
Imogen Claire
as George Sand
Kenneth Colley
as Frederic Chopin
Rikki Howard
as Countess
David Corti
as Daniel
Anulka Dziubinska
as Lola Montez
Andrew Faulds
as Strauss
Ken Parry
as Rossini
Otto Diamant
as Felix Mendelsohn


Camera Peter Suschitzky Director of Photography
Editing Stuart Baird Editor
Production David Puttnam Producer
Art Philip Harrison Production Design
Writing Ken Russell Screenplay
Directing Ken Russell Director
Costume & Make-Up Shirley Russell Costume Design
Production Roy Baird Producer
Production Sanford Lieberson Executive Producer
Sound Rick Wakeman Music
Costume & Make-Up Wally Schneiderman Makeup Supervisor
Camera David Wynn-Jones First Assistant Camera

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