FRANCE

LA NOTA BLU

1991 – 35mm – color – 135′

 

Direction: Andrzej Zulawski

Screenplay: Andrzej Zulawski

Cinematography:Andrzej Jaroszewicz

Editing: Marie-Sophie Dubus

Scenografia Set design:Jimmy Vansteenkiste

Costumi Costumes:Maja Nowotny

Cast: Marie-France Pisier, Janusz Olejniczak, Sophie Marceau, Féodor Atkine, Aurélien Recoing, Benoît Le Pecq, Roman Wilhelmi

Producers: Marie-Laure Reyre, Christian Ferry

Production:Oliane Productions, Erato Films, G Films, Gemini Filmproduktion, Coprimages, Canal+

 

SYNOPSIS

1846. In a mansion in the countryside, George Sand and Fryderyk Chopin are spending a summer like many others, together with some friends, including Delacroix, Turgenev and Dumas fils. One day, Chopin realises his love for George’s daughter, Solange, a love that, however, cannot be fulfilled. Meanwhile, mysterious shadows appear from the woods, and Chopin is torn by his chronic disease, consumption, but this does not prevent him from tirelessly composing music all the time.

 

CRITICAL NOTE

“While at first glance the film seems to enhance the core themes of the other tormented and extreme works of the filmmaker, here Zulawski pursues his multi-faceted research, clearly less than in other cases, not hesitating to fill the story with elves and mythical gods to take it elsewhere, exploring once again the dark side of love. (…) As in My nights are more beautiful than your days, Mad Love or Possession, love and illness melt into a single stream of life. (…) Music haunts the corridors of his house, follows him wherever he goes, invades every space and smothers him. Chopin relentlessly seeks the “blue note” that is bound to be the end of his last composition, of his career, his life, and all his unfinished songs hover over his house like the ghosts of their lost love.” (Olivier Bitoun, DVDClassik)