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Lisztomania

A buoyant and imaginatively outrageous film from writer/director Ken Russell about Franz Lidzt, rock star circa 1840, starring Roger Daltrey and Ringo Starr.


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Genre:   Comedy
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Director:   Ken Russell
Cast:   Roger Daltrey, Sara Kestelman, Paul Nicholas, Fiona Lewis, Ringo Starr
Theatrical Release Date:   10/10/1975
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Lisztomania
 
4.6

(based on 5 reviews)

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Pros

  • Entertaining (5)
  • High production value (5)
  • Original (5)
  • Great cinematography (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Adult viewers (4)
    • At home (3)
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    5.0

    Ken Russell and Roger Daltrey explode!

    By Grandier

    from New York, NY

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    Pros

    • Engaging Characters
    • Entertaining
    • Great Cinematography
    • High Production Value
    • Original
    • The Genius Of Ken Russell

    Cons

    • Needs Blu-ray

    Best Uses

    • Adult Viewers
    • At Home
    • Watch After Medicating

    Comments about Lisztomania:

    If you like far-out wild movies that go places, LISZTOMANIA is on your list of high entertainment. It's a rare filmmaker that would take us where Ken Russell flew so mighty. In a different realm than TOMMY, Russell went out in every direction possible to breathe fire into this story of classical rock stars. Never seen anything else like it and possibly never will. A true treasure of cinema. We're so fortunate that Ken Russell existed and found the resources to create his great works.

     
    4.0

    "Bizarre" doesn't do it justice.

    By BeckoningChasm

    from Knoxville, TN

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    Pros

    • Entertaining
    • Great Cinematography
    • High Production Value
    • Imaginative
    • Original
    • Unique

    Cons

    • Some Acting A Bit Stiff

    Best Uses

    • Adult Viewers
    • At Home

    Comments about Lisztomania:

    You've never seen a movie like this. Great, creative set design, music, colorful. Roger Daltrey is a bit stiff at times, but his enthusiasm makes up for it. A film like this will never be made again.

     
    5.0

    Amazing movie - one of my new favorites!

    By Doc

    from Los Angeles,CA

    Pros

    • Entertaining
    • Great Cinematography
    • High Production Value
    • Original

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        Comments about Lisztomania:

        I've been trying to see Lisztomania for years, and the WB DVD delivers. Sure, it doesn't have any bonus features, but the image quality is great. It (loosely) tells the story of famous composer/pianist Franz Lizst and his relationship with Richard Wagner, but through a fantastical lens. To say much more would give too much away, but fans of musicals, surrealism, biopics, and fantasies will not be disappointed. The movie moves at the speed of a freight train, and deserves the same fame and devotion as The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

         
        5.0

        Ken Russell's Lisztomania (1975)

        By Stuart Kenny

        from Carlisle, Cumbria, UK

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        Pros

        • Entertaining
        • Great Cinematography
        • High Production Value
        • Original

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Adult Viewers
          • At Home
          • Perfect Gift

          Comments about Lisztomania:

          A prime example of a film so bad, it's brilliant. Ken Russell does another film of a classical composer, but giving it the same bonkers, modern attitude he'd used in Tommy (1975). Roger Daltrey plays Franz Liszt as if he were a 70's rock star, and it focuses on a supposed rivalry between him and Vampire Nazi Richard Wagner (Paul Nicholas) who marrys Franzie's daughter Cosima (Veronica Quilligan), how he tried to win the affections of Princess Carolyn of Russia (Sara Kestelman) and tries to marry her too, and even encounters The Pope, (Ringo Starr, in cowboy boots as well!!) Probabily the most bonkers film ever made, it's the biggest load of incoherent twaddle ever made, BUT I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!! It's visually beautiful, but it shows Russell at his very best with the mad imagery and over the top performances, including a 19th Century swordfighting duel done to a Texas hoedown, a Chaplin influenced flashback, an example of Liszt's 'Genius' and a grand piano that shoots flames and lots of sex & nudity. But, it has some moments in it which beggar belief!! :O Plus, it has a score by Rick Wakeman of Yes, and Daltrey is a good actor as well!! :D

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          4.0

          Ken Russell at his most Outrageous!

          By Saturnids Rule!

          from North Carolina

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          Pros

          • Entertaining
          • High Production Value
          • Original

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Adult Viewers

            Comments about Lisztomania:

            The late great British Director Ken Russell was no stranger to controversy. Such films as The Devils, depicting demonic possession and political corruption in 17th century France and The Music Lovers about the often tragic life of Tchaikovsky have polarized audiences for decades. Lisztomania continues in this controversial vein but with a large dose of humor. Released in 1975 after Russell's global success with his film of The Who's Tommy, Lisztomania failed to match the former's boxoffice success but surpassed it in pure visual outrageousness! The Who's Roger Daltrey returns to play the Hungarian pianist/composer who was as famous for his numerous affairs as his music. Just a few of Russell's inspired creations include Ringo Starr as the Pope, Paul Nicholas(Cousin Kevin in Tommy) as a vampiric Richard Wagner literally sucking the musical genius from Liszt's neck and too many other visual wonders to list! The film plays, at times, as nothing less than a live-action cartoon!Beware to those not familiar with Russell's sometimes mad cinematic flights of fantasy! This film is chock full of them and is far from the traditional biopic of our beloved composers, including some of Russell's own. But for film lovers looking for something completely different and don't mind Russell's playful variation on actual events in the composer's life, a good time can be had. As for the Warner's Archive transfer, there are NO EXTRAS, just the film. However the transfer is crisp and the cinematography is well represented with bright, rich colors. This is a case where I wont complain with the barebones treatment when I'm amazed this film was even released on dvd due to its obscurity and initial boxoffice failure!

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