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This audacious, vulgar, freewheeling fantasia on the life of pianist Franz Liszt ranks among director Ken Russell's most outrageous efforts. Roger Daltrey, lead singer for The Who, is awkward yet likeable as the flamboyant piano performer with a bevy of fetching mistresses and groupies, while Paul Nicholas is completely outlandish as the scheming opera composer Richard Wagner. There's no nod to reality here: Liszt and Wagner were in fact friends, and Liszt, who became Wagner's father-in-law, actually assisted in the production of Wagner's opulent productions. Russell, on the other hand, presents Wagner as Liszt's jealous rival ready to wreak havoc on the world by unleashing a cryogenic Viking (Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman) and a horde of machine-gun wielding robot Nazis. In a finale out of Rick Wakeman serials, Liszt saves the day after surviving a guillotine designed for phallic dismemberment. The film is fast and loud and wildly undisciplined, much like one of Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsodies. Look fast and you'll see Ringo Starr as the pope. ~ Les Stone, Rovi

Cast

Roger Daltrey
as Franz Liszt
Sara Kestelman
as Princess Carolyn
Fiona Lewis
as Countess Marie
Veronica Quilligan
as Cosima
Andrew Reilly
as Hans von Bulow
Ringo Starr
as Pope
John Justin
as Count d'Agoult
Anulka Dziubinska
as Lola Montez
Imogen Claire
as George Sand
Peter Brayham
as Bodyguard
David English
as Captain
Rick Wakeman
as Thor
Rikki Howard
as Countess
Felicity Devonshire
as Governess
Murray Melvin
as Hector Berlioz
Andrew Faulds
as Strauss
Kenneth Colley
as Frederic Chopin
Aubrey Morris
as Manager
Ken Parry
as Rossini
Otto Diamant
as Felix Mendelsohn
Georgina Hale
Oliver Reed
as Princess Carolyn's Servant
Felicity Devonshire
as Governess
Andrew Faulds
as Strauss
Rikki Howard
as Countess
Ken Parry
as Rossini
Kenneth Colley
as Frederic Chopin
Rick Wakeman
as Thor
Aubrey Morris
as Manager
Otto Diamant
as Felix Mendelsohn
Murray Melvin
as Hector Berlioz

Crew

Ken Russell
Director
Sandy Lieberson
Producer
David Puttnam
Producer
Roy Baird
Producer
Ken Russell
Screenwriter
Peter Suschitzky
Cinematographer
Franz Liszt
Featured Music
Rick Wakeman
Composer (Music Score)
Rick Wakeman
Musical Direction/Supervision
Stuart Baird
Editor
Shirley Russell
Costume Designer
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