Lisztomania
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"While it may lack narrative sense, this is, without a doubt, one of the most unpredictable and hypnotic viewing experiences you could ever hope to have."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"Ken Russell just being silly."
‑ Beth Accomando, KPBS.org
"This is Ken Russell unfiltered -- straight-up and unafraid to go wherever his mind leads him. Absolutely unique."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"It's not for those who find Russell's zany antics a bit much."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"There's no reason to suggest that Russell was just earning a paycheck on Lisztomania; clearly his full attention was on the giant penis, or the giant penis marble columns, or the giant heavenly penis pedestal."
‑ Adam Lippe, Examiner.com
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