La Note Bleue (1991)
(A.K.A:
The Blue Note)                                                                    

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Directed By:
Andrzej Zulawski    

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Writing Credits:
Andrzej Zulawski    

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Non-Original Music By:
Vincenzo Bellini   (
From Opera "La Sonnambula")  
Frédéric Chopin     

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Cinematography By:
Andrzej Jaroszewicz    

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Main Cast:
Sophie Marceau
Janusz Olejniczak
Marie-France Pisier

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Genre:
Drama / Musical / Opera / Biography / Period Drama / Romantic Drama

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Plot Summary:

On a summer day of 1846, George Sand hosts a large party at her country house in Nohant. Among the celebrities
present are the painter Eugene Delacroix, the opera singer Pauline Viardot, and Viardot's lover, the Russian writer
Ivan Turgenev. As Sand's longtime affair with composer Frederick Chopin is close to an end, Sand's daughter
Solange tries to use the situation to win the heart of the ailing musical genius. Filmmaker Andrzej Zulawski
irreverently depicted his famous characters as shallow, petty, selfish opportunists, while Chopin is portrayed as a
tragic, misunderstood genius. Ultimately a story about destiny, the film seems a personal reflection of Zulawski's
experiences, for both he and Chopin were Polish expatriates in France. The film is highly theatrical and
occasionally hilarious, but despite its ups and downs, the movie's highlight is Chopin's music, brilliantly performed
by Polish pianist Janusz Olejniczak.

Summary Written By: Yuri German                                               Source: www.allmovie.com

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Technical Specifications:

Film Negative Format (mm/video inches)
: 35 mm
Printed Film Format
: 35 mm
Aspect Ratio
: 1.66:1
Runtime
: 132 min
Country
: France / Germany
Language
: French
Color
: Color  
Sound Mix
: Dolby

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Filming Locations:
France
Poland

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Production Companies:
Oliane Productions
Erato Films
G. Films

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Printed Media Reviews:
Decourcelle, Thierry. In: Première (France). (MG), June 1991, Pg. 24
Rebichon, Michel. In: Studio (France). (MG), June 1991, Pg. 20

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