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was a musical genius like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
on February 17, 2017
Frederic Chopin, the son of a French teacher and a Polish noblewoman, was a musical genius like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, only that he didn't have a composer father to take him all over Europe when he was a young child. Unfortunately Chopin, the greatest piano composer of all time is still waiting for a movie biography that can do some justice to his life. In 1945 Cornel Wilde played very nicely the role of Chopin in the film "A Song to Remember", a beautiful production with exotic beauty Merle Oberon as Georges Sand. The cast is great but, unfortunately, since famous actor Paul Muni was playing Chopin's first music teacher, Josef Elsner, they "sent" Professor Elsner to Paris with Chopin and he becomes the center piece of the story, but in reality, Elsner never went to Paris with Chopin and he disappeared from Frederic's life completely. This Polish film completely skips Chopin's colorful childhood, and is nothing more than an imaginary soap opera between a French female writer and a Polish pianist and composer. The music doesn't play an important role except for brief fragments of some of Chopin's gorgeous compositions. I would watch this movie again only to enjoy the beauty of Bozena Stachura, who plays Georges Sand's daughter Solange!