November 17, 2010
Top 10 Films about Classical Music
Classical music has enhanced the drama and romance in film since the days of silent movies. Over the decades it has continued to be a staple in the repertoire of film scores from Disney’s Fantasia to Coppola’s The Godfather. Rarer, though, are films that focus specifically on classical music and the musicians who play it. Here are some of our favorite films, all of which are available through Netflix or Amazon.com.
Spanning continents and centuries, this is a fascinating tale about the travels of the title instrument with an entrancing score, written by John Corigliano and performed by Joshua Bell.
Geoffrey Rush portrays Australian piano prodigy David Helfgott in a virtuoso performance that won Rush a much-deserved Academy Award. Sir John Gielgud, Lynn Redgrave and Armin Mueller-Stahl also shine in supporting roles.
Francois Girard's quirky, prismatic take on the deeply quirky pianist is a must-see for any music lover.
Jane Campion's fever-dream, set in 19th-century New Zealand, about the potency of music, whatever the cost. Holly Hunter and Anna Paquin both won Oscars for their performances.
Sexy and sad fun with a moveable salon of 19th-century artistes, centering on the relationship between Frederic Chopin (played by Hugh Grant) and the French female author Georges Sand (played by Judy Davis).
A brilliantly entertaining, historically dubious fantasy about genius (Mozart's), envy (Salieri's) and transcendence. Milos Forman's masterful drama won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor for F. Murray Abraham’s portrayal of Salieri.