Cinema: Rock Bottom

LISZTOMANIA

Directed and Written by KEN RUSSELL

The analogy may be arguable, but the argument is stimulating. It may well be that Franz Liszt was the first performer to court—and then find himself victimized by—celebrity akin to that accorded a rock star. Adolescents swooning at his concerts; the rich, famous and equally gifted vying eagerly for his attention; sexual swag collected at every stop on his endless concert tours—it all fits with what we know about contemporary life at the top of the charts.

Therefore, the idea of an anachronistic demi-rock opera starring demi-pop...

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