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Promotional poster for Lisztomania
|Directed by||Ken Russell|
|Produced by||Roy Baird|
|Written by||Ken Russell|
|Music by||Rick Wakeman|
|Editing by||Stuart Baird|
Visual Programme Systems Ltd.
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|Release date(s)||10 October 1975|
|Running time||103 min.|
Depicting the flamboyant Liszt as the first classical pop star, Lisztomania features contemporary rock star Roger Daltrey (of The Who) as Franz Liszt. The film was released the same year as Tommy, which also starred Daltrey and was directed by Russell. The film is derived, in part, from an actual "kiss-and-tell" book, Nélida, by Marie d'Agoult, about the couple's affair.
The term "Lisztomania" was coined by the German romantic literary figure Heinrich Heine to describe the massive public response to Liszt's virtuosic piano performances. At these performances, there were allegedly screaming women, and the audience was sometimes limited to standing room only.
Rick Wakeman, from the progressive rock band Yes, composed the Lisztomania soundtrack, which included synthesizer arrangements of works by Liszt and Wagner. He also appears in the movie as the Nordic god of thunder, Thor. Daltrey and Russell wrote the lyrics for the soundtrack, and Daltrey provided vocals.
This movie was first to use the relatively new Dolby Stereo noise reduction sound system.
Since the original video release of Lisztomania, available copies of the movie have declined. Available copies of the movie were bolstered by a 1990s release of the 2.35:1 letterbox format with Dolby Surround sound on Laserdisc. Warner UK has recently come to an agreement with former special interest label Digital Classics to release Lisztomania on DVD. Lisztomania will be available on May 4, 2009, on the Digital Classics label.
- ^ Digital Classics' own website: http://www.digitalclassicsdvd.co.uk/product/259?osCsid=f06g6sfvqvo6fch7i1ao0m7817
- ^ Digital Classics' own YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWOWLXHAUhc