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  • Directors: Larry Weinstein
  • Format: Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, German
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Decca
  • DVD Release Date: February 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KJTOPS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,596 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Five tales of Love & Obsession. Director Larry Weinstein and writer Thomas Wallner's witty yet moving film traces the eccentric paths of five contrasting Mozart devotees. You'll meet Wolfgang & his lover Nancy who believe they are Mozart and his wife reincarnated; numbers obsessed pilgrim Konrad Rich; Davie Cope who created Mozart-composing software; astronaut Franz Viehbock who put Mozart into orbit. In English with subtitles available in E, F & G. FORMAT: NTSC.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Lynette Erwin on October 5, 2007
As a member of the cast of this film, and one of the "plain women" who has enlivened my "dull" life by "writing herself into Mozart history", I feel compelled to respond.

Although, for obvious reasons, I can't give this film a completely objective review, what the previous reviewer failed to mention is that she is biased by the fact that she is well acquainted with we two plain women to whom she attaches the motive for our being in this film as that of seeking after our fifteen minutes of fame. I refuse to defend myself, my motives, my beliefs, or this film. They are what they are and the film is what it is, and only those who choose to experience this film with an open heart and an open mind will truly get its message. There will be those who scoff for various and sundry reasons. That is to be expected. Believe me, we weighed that fact very heavily before we ever agreed to be in it, but the accusation that we sold ourselves out for "fifteen minutes of fame" is rather judgmental indeed, and speaks more of the accuser than those who are accused. I would hardly risk my reputation and credibility, nor would I place my family and my children in a position where they could be embarrassed and humiliated for such a shallow and selfish motive. My motives came from a much deeper, even spiritual place inside of me, and for another to believe that they have the right or even ability to judge my motives, especially someone who doesn't know me, (except for what they have encountered of me over the internet), is rather insulting.

I will say that Mozartballs was, for me, more about the experience than the final product, and it will go down in the annals of my history as probably the single most life-changing event of my entire life.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sherri G. on October 8, 2008
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I watched this documentary and it was excellent. I have a newfound love for Mozart and learned so many things that I didn't know. I was moved to tears at times and also found myself giggling at the tour guides who had good intentions but inaccurate information which Steph thankfully let us viewers know the real version of events rather than the myths that have evolved through the centuries. I felt the passion and emotion of everyone in this film. And Lynette has a such a beautiful singing voice that can bring you to tears as well! I have a new appreciation of the life and music of Mozart. Thank you to all involved in Mozartballs for sharing such a personal journey with us. A must see!
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Gorby on October 5, 2007
...I know these two women, and they are two in a billion. Nothing "plain" about them. If they are eccentric, it is because they are intellectual, open-minded, and unafraid to speak truths that the average, ignorant person is too close-minded to consider. I wish to God we had more people who are so "eccentric". I believe Steph and Lynette were who they say they were, completely, and though I have my own reasons for this, one needs only to know them to find any claim that they are fame-seeking fanatics laughable.

By the way, I don't get the Elvis thing either, but I think you have a lot of nerve mocking Elvis fans when you call yourself Daisy Brambletoes (from the Shire). We all worship at one altar or another. That's easy. But put yourself on the other side - what if you had been J.R.R Tolkien? Would you be brave enough to stand up and say it?

Moving away from this unpleasantness, I really enjoyed "Mozartballs". It's a fitting tribute to the lasting legacy of Mozart, both moving and comedic, which I suspect the Master would have appreciated.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daisy Brambletoes on February 16, 2007
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Okaaaaay...
As I watch this little film, I am reminded more than anything else of all those documentaries made of Elvis fans some years ago. You know the kind: stories of a woman who prays before an oriental-style ancestor shrine for Elvis; hoards of Elvis-worshippers on candlelight vigils and quasi-religious pilgrimages to Graceland; a college student with a pompadour and curled lip who insists she is really the love child of Elvis, and the fact that her mother laughs it off is somehow proof of paternity. In such documentaries, the Oh-so-very-serious participants get their fifteen minutes of fame while looking (at best) eccentric to the rest of us.

"Mozartballs" is precisely this sort of film, and a testimony to the amazing things people can talk themselves into believing if they have a mind to: that you, too, can successfully rescore Mozart for the world, even if your rendition makes wincing musicians very uncomfortable; that life is worth living when you dedicate yourself entirely to the adoration of Mozart, keeping Mozart shrines and making Mozart pilgrimages that would do any Elvis fan proud; and two plain women can enliven their dull lives by rewriting themselves into Mozart history, making a few necessary changes for their own convenience. On the whole, I have to say that this film is enjoyable, and fun to watch. For me, however, the highlight was watching the process of manufacturing Mozartkugeln, the tasty little marzipanned chocolates which gave the film its name. It was also fun to see the various people costumed as Mozart, strolling about St.Stefan's Square, which of course helped our American "Mozart" fit into the crowd. Buy it and enjoy it if you must. It doesn't exactly make me laugh, but it doesn't make me lose sleep, either. Consider it divertiment into the realm of the harmlessly weird.
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