Number of Times Seen – 1 (11 Jun 2018)
Brief Synopsis – Biography of composer Frederick Chopin as he rose to fame under the tutelage of Joseph Elsner.
My Take on it – This was a film that I also never had heard of before seeing that Cornel Wilde was nominated for Best Actor at the Oscars for this role.
The story is quite boring and they do a very poor job keeping things interesting while telling the story of how Chopin became famous.
The music, on the other hand, is great (obviously… it IS Chopin)
I’ve always been a fan of Paul Muni an d he is great in this film too as Chopin’s teacher Elsner.
I must say that I was somewhat surprised that he wasn’t even nominated for his standout performance here in a supporting role.
On the other hand, Wilde got an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Chopin but isn’t very impactful in that particular role.
This film got an additional 5 nominations in technical categories yet failed to win any of them.
There are many more biographic films that have been made (even ones about musicians and composers that are much more interesting than this film was.
This one was quite a chore trying to get through because it moves along way too slowly the entire time.
Bottom Line – Pretty boring biography that presents some nice music (it is Chopin!). Muni is the standout here and it’s a big surprising that he wasn’t nominated even in the supporting actor category for his role. Still not sure how and why Wilde got a nomination at the Oscars for Best Actor along with 5 other nominations in technical categories for this film. There are many more biopics that are much more interesting than this one and this was a chore to get through.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Liberace, who was in 1945 performing as “Walter ‘Buster’ Keys,” stated that he got the idea of having an ornate candelabra on his piano from the scene in this film when Merle Oberon carries a candelabra into the darkened salon and places it on the piano to reveal Chopin as the pianist rather than Franz Liszt. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)
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