September 16, 2011








Here’s the deal. Mozart had a sister who was also a very good musician. In those days a woman was not allowed to play the violin, so Mozart’s sister did it on the sneak. She wanted to attend a Master’s Class in music, but her father put thumbs down on that.

The movie is filled with thrilling music and great views of gilded palaces. The future King (Dauphin) struts around the palace in his wig and painted face. He is probably Gay – but invites Mozart’s sister to his Den of Inequity where he shuts the door with his soon to be wife. But to throw off everyone on guard, he has Mozart’s sister dress as a young man. Of course, he is Gay and doesn’t get it. So when he invites Ms Mozart to his man cave he demands that she leave the boys clothes on. He tells his soon to be Queen to leave the room – apparently to have sex. Then he flings the door open and calls her a pervert and a deviate. “Get out of here he yells – and take your music with you. It’s trash.” Well – what did you expect in the 18th Century?

One great thing about this film is that the directory did not make the actors over act. Later Ms Mozart moved away from her parents. She eventually married a man with five children and she became a Countess. She died broke and exhausted. She had no money.

Marie Feret plays the role of Ms Mozart. When she sings – you’ll think that you just went to heaven. Well, I know one thing – if nothing else, she can always get a job singing. She has a fantastic range.

This movie is very well done. Not quite as good as Amadeus – but it does you remarkable insights to the 1800’s. Oh, it’s not for Baby Boomers. They would not like or understand it. Ninety percent of them don’t know who Mozart is.


(((Lee Hartgrave has contributed to the San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Datebook Section and produced and hosted a long-running Arts Segment on PBS KQED)))


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