Madame Sousatzka
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Shirley MacLaine is Madame Sousatzka, an aging piano instructor of Russian extraction. Entrenched in a dilapidated London rooming house, the Madame gives lessons only to the most gifted. She does not stop at mere instruction; Sousatzka insists that her pupils conduct their lives in the same genteel, cultured manner in which she was raised. Her prize student at the moment is an East Indian teenage boy (Navin Chowdhry), who forms a strong and loving bond with the old woman. Director John Schlesinger occasionally cuts away from the Madame and her pupil to allow comic space for the other tenants… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's as affectionate, big-hearted and creaky as any film that ever graced Radio City Music Hall, with leisureliness and dime-store philosophizing to match."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"An extraordinary movie that loves music and loves the people it is about, and has the patience to do justice to both."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"[MacLaine's] funny, clever and wondrous to behold, and she carries Madame Sousatzka to heights that might not readily seem warranted by the script, which is composed of elements that might seem overly familiar."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"An intimate and amusing adaptation of Bernice Rubens' novel."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"One of MacLaine's strongest, most colorful roles"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"As charming and fanciful as it is impossible to pigeonhole."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Enjoyable, well-acted drama."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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