Lisztomania

  • Directed by Ken Russell
  • United Kingdom, 1975, 103 mins., English

In his flamboyant, anachronistic style, Russell transposes the excesses of 1970s superstardom onto Franz Liszt (played by Roger Daltrey), while throwing in an homage to Charlie Chaplin. The crescendoing pastiche of pop culture reaches its peak with a vampiric incarnation of Liszt contemporary Richard Wagner (Paul Nicholas) commanding an army of children and a Nazi Frankenstein. Russell’s over-the-top follow-up to TOMMY shows the filmmaker letting loose with delirious audacity. Starring Ringo Starr as the pope!

Genres: Comedy, Music