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Lisztomania

1975
Comedy
Musical
1h 43m
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Avg Percentile 50.72% from 113 total ratings

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Rated 06 Apr 2011
85
92nd
Hysterical 70s rock-musical in the vein of Rocky Horror, but a much better watch; which may be attributed to the extremely decadent feel, the colourful design or the fact that Ken Russell actually knows how to make movies.. Or - more likely - it's because it has Franz Liszt turned Franciscan exorcist battling Richard Wagner turned Vampire-Hitler-Frakenstein. Deliciously absurd!
Rated 05 Jul 2011
90
93rd
Outrageous. Absolutely mad, but never more so than to - when it has gone far enough - hint at some undercurrent of symbolic sanity. If you don't mind getting your conventions of history, music and film raped, 'Lisztomania' will have you fully engrossed, thoroughly entertained and completely confuzzled throughout. What else to say about a movie where one of the lesser strange features is Ringo Starr playing the pope?
Rated 15 Feb 2014
14
7th
Lisztomania review in Haiku format: Dammit Ken Russell! Can you try "under" the top? And why the penis?
Rated 02 Feb 2012
60
38th
If you'd describe some of the most outrageous moments of the film, it sounds like something fun. Nazi vampire Wagner! Flamethrower piano! Oversized penis guillotine! But overall, this extravagant musical never grabbed me. It's over the top style was tiring, the music never felt memorable and the contents were juvenile and too silly for me.
Rated 08 Jan 2015
90
92nd
Wowzers! One of the most bonkers films ever, it's incredibly stimulating due to not only the lavish set-design, theatrical acting, and terrific music score, but the story and its historical revisionism that it rapes is so audacious. I can see how people may roll their eyes at this tiring film, but I was wide awake -- every frame of this film says this sort of pop-art couldn't and wouldn't be made today. The silent film montage scene (similar to that montage scene from Up) is beautiful.
Rated 13 Apr 2011
30
10th
A crazy mess to be marveled at or despised, whatever one's tastes. Decadence does nothing for me, and this is certainly not a straight biopic, so it comes down to the humour - which is slightly amusing, occasionally, but mostly too silly.
Rated 13 Jun 2008
95
93rd
There's Daltrey sprouting a ginormous penis, a superhuman that looks uncannily like Thor from the Avengers, there's Wagner who is, for some reason, a vampire, there's Wagner in a Hitler/Frankeinstein's monster incarnation walking around with an Flying-V/AK-47 shooting down orthodox jews and loads more. It's... uhm... different. Cinema seldomly gets any more playful than this, and for that quality (as well as all the weird shit I listed above) this movie is a treasure.
Rated 25 May 2011
70
58th
A complete travesty in terms of classical music - vulgar, surreal, obsessed with penises and with its combination of intelligence and lack of good taste, the better because of it.
Rated 13 Apr 2011
85
80th
Vulgar in so many ways, this highly entertaining satire is one of the more original biopics.
Rated 18 Jun 2017
80
37th
Viewed June 17, 2017. Bacchanalia doesn't begin to describe it. Dicks, everywhere. Crosses, swastiskas, burning baby carriages. Daltrey's casting is a stroke of genius - he very earnestly performs these silly songs while surrounded in even sillier scenarios. The frame just about bursts with ideas, and about 85% of it works perfectly.
Rated 06 Aug 2017
60
54th
Carried by its zaniness.
Rated 29 Oct 2012
72
12th
silly
Rated 26 Apr 2019
67
64th
Some very prominent moments.
Rated 03 Aug 2022
88
93rd
Practicing with the metronome will never be the same for me again! I loved this, but that's really only possible once one accepts that this is not so much a biography, but a series of metaphor-laden fantasies using Liszt's life as a point of departure. Roger Ebert called it "a berserk exercise of demented genius, and on that level (I want to make my praise explicit) it functions and sometimes even works. Most people will probably despise it."
Rated 24 Feb 2023
50
8th
wtf

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