Every Friday, Fandor’s curators serve up a newly available film worthy of special attention. This week’s Featured Release is the documentary Mozart in Love directed by Mark Rappaport.
“…Mozart’s own arias are the soundtrack; the actors wear costumes, stand in front of backdrop projections, and mime to perfection. Inspired.” – Time Out
Fans of lavish costume dramas who don’t mind those that playfully toy with the illusions inherent in filming a period piece (say Karel Reisz’s The French Lieutenant’s Woman or Sophia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette, for example), will appreciate our Featured Release this week, Mark Rappaport’s visually captivating Mozart in Love. While it tells a story based in historical lore (Mozart’s purported love quadrangle with three sisters), Rappaport’s take on the source material is “strictly stylized: back-projected settings, mix-and-match historical costumes, primary-colored walls, actors striking poses and the miming to records of Mozart arias, frequently interrupted by the raw audio track of real, untrained singing” (Adrian Martin). For those of you not familiar with Rappaport’s work, it’s a potent mix of the experimental and narrative laced with striking visual compositions. Get a taste of his singular style: click here to preview a scene from Mozart in Love and to add it to your queue.
If you’re curious to learn more about Rappaport, Adrian Martin’s superb piece on Keyframe is an excellent starting point:
Mark Rappaport’s Mozart in Love (January 24, 2014)