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Liszt's Rhapsody

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  • Actors: Fab Filippo, Peter Keleghan, Geordie Johnson, Drew Jurecka, Ida Carenvali
  • Directors: Richard Mozer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Devine Ent. Corp.
  • DVD Release Date: November 30, 2004
  • Run Time: 49 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006GAOK4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,326 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 23, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I used this video in an elementary school music class. I watched the video 10 times and I enjoyed it every time.
The video presents a lot of facts about his life in an enjoyable format suitable for school age children. It would also be good for older students who are just learning about the composers and their times.
You may need to draw out the facts from the movie a little like: "Liszt was the first to position the piano to the side so the audience could see his hands and was the very first to present a concert with this kind of showmanship," but there is a lot about him and bits of his most recognizable music in the soundtrack.
Of the six videos I have seen in the "Composers Series" I like this one best.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Curious George Sand on October 3, 2004
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I know this movie is for children, but some of the reviewer here are missing the point.

I thought this movie was well written to teach children (and to remind adults) who we are; all of us are different and unique, from the children's point of views. In this movie, Josi Sarai,the gypsy boy.

The real life Franz Liszt's adventure with Josi is very little known to the public but it was a fact. And the most of the outline was fairly accurate and true, except those little details such as; Liszt was not the one to conceive the idea of training gypsy boy, but Count Teleky, who is a comic relief in this movie-the real life friend of Liszt "bought" the boy from the family and brought him, dropped him on the door step of Liszt. (But that might not be appropriate for educational material, I guess.)

Liszt did not found "Rhapsody" by encountering gypsies on the street corners, but he actually visited them in the camp, stayed wih them, observed the lives closely, and was inspired by them to put together his series of hungarian national melodies, and then, revised them to the popular version of "Hungarian Rhapsody".

Anyone interested in finding out what happened to Josi?

He rejoin his tribe and married a gypsy girl roughly ten years after he left Liszt. They had a boy, and named him after Liszt.

Liszt was honored to know he was a Godfather of the boy, sent "little Frankie" a violin. (I'm paraphrasing from the book written by Liszt "Gipsy in Music")

There you have it.

I understand the difficulty of putting the facts, all explained with accuracy in 60 minutes children's educational material.

And I thought it was well put together.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By MysteryMaven on March 21, 2002
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The title of this review summarizes the story presented in this video.
Like the companion Beethoven video, "Beethoven Lives Upstairs" (see review), this work is badly written, badly acted, but beautifully photographed. In fairness, I must point out that the video, "Bach Fights for Freedom" is quite good (see review).
The main protagonist is a young Gypsy boy who plays his violin "from the heart" while goofy Franz is presented as a mere virtuoso pianist with no musical heart at all.
The interminable video lasts almost an hour, almost all of which is devoted to the turbulent relation between Liszt and the oh-so-talented Gypsy boy whom he attempts to teach. It seems formal music training will show the Gypsy boy that music pays better than begging.
Hold on! What kind of a message is this for kids in the audience?
What about the merits of the music? If we are to believe the message of this video, Liszt got ALL his ideas from this sensitive Gypsy kid. Is there even a shred of Truth here?
What actual music do we hear? Well, there is a phrase or two of Preludes, a little of Liebestraum, and there is a big finish with (the best part of?) a Hungarian Rhapsody ornamented with a band of colorfully-costumed, hand-clapping, Gypsies. All other Liszt pieces are mere fragments in the background that are smothered by the awful and pointless dialogue.
As with the Beethoven video, we have here, a waste of time and a disappointing work.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 18, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
This movie is great NO MATTER WHAT ANYONE SAYS!
my brother and i watched it 10 times and know it by heart
it is halarious (thenx to peter kelgan) and authentic (GEORDIE JOHNSON)
whatever u do watch this movie and keep up the good work GEORDIE JOHNSON!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Marie Jureit-Beamish on August 27, 2011
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While I enjoyed viewing this DVD, it did not really give a full picture of the great Liszt. To me, it seems that this movie is trying to reach a young and impressionalbe audience, with much of Liszt's life sanatized for the younger audience. It really only focuses on the influence of gypsy music on Liszt, with too much overacting--as you might expect for children. As a college music professor I am always in search for a variety of course materials, and this is definitely not for a college level--in my opinion. The action is very slow, but the music is very good. This would be great for an elementary music education class--perhaps even middle school.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 18, 2003
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my sister and i took the movie from the library and watched it one day, and it simply grew on us. We have watched it about 10 times and memorized all the lines. This movie is halarious (because of peter kelgan) and quite authentic (GEORDIE JOHNSON)
it good for both kids and adults so
just buy/rent it and watch it over and over
you wont be disappointed!
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