INTERLUDE IN PRAGUE
The incredible tale of Mozart’s Prague years. The events that unfold are not a biographical retelling but a captivating fictitious story.
Tired of demonstrating his talents to a privileged elite, Mozart is brought to the Bohemian city by Baron Saloka, a vain and self-obsessed aristocrat, apparently above the law, who lives a privileged life. On his arrival, Mozart is happy to have found the one place on Earth where he feels his talent is appreciated and sets about creating a new opera at the Nostitz Theater. However, Mozart’s unconventional presence in Prague soon unleashes a series of dramatic and tragic events. In a tangled web of passion and violence, the drama is captured by the magnificent music of “Don Giovanni.
Shot entirely in Prague, the movie captures the splendour of 18th-century Baroque theatre both through the visuals and sound. Mozart falls in love with the soprano Zuzanna Lubtak and, of course, it is not a simple love-affair: he is married while Zuzanna is betrothed to the sexual predator Baron Saloka. Aneurin Barnard is sensitive but never melodramatic as the composer and his character’s masterpiece becomes something organic. The film could have easily spelt out the emotional resonances of the opera and in turn undermined the viewer’s personal appreciation of it. Instead, as scenes such as the premiere of Don Giovanni prove – where flashbacks of his memories are depicted in parallel to the music – Mozart’s opera becomes an unleashing of his passion, loss and sorrow that leaves the audience stunned.
Stockbridge Audience: TBC