February’s Volunteer pick of the Month comes from Reggie Peralta, who is finally getting his long-desired wish – to experience and share Ken Russell’s outrageous 1975 classical music farce LISZTOMANIA on the big screen at The Frida!
A send-up of the bawdy life of Romantic composer/piano virtuoso Franz Liszt that focuses on Liszt’s “friendship” with fellow composer Richard Wagner, Lisztomania is, among so many other things, a kaleidoscope of not-so-subtle phallic imagery. The film begins as Liszt lives the life of a pop icon, performing to crowds of shrieking teenage fans while maintaining affairs with his multiple mistresses. He eventually seeks Princess Carolyne of St. Petersburg, but things take a turn for the weird, to put it lightly…
Starring The Who’s Roger Daltrey in his second partnership with director Russell after Tommy, the movie also features cameos by Daltrey’s musical contemporaries Ringo Starr as the Pope, and Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman as the Norse god Thor! Believe it or not, these are hardly the most absurd things that await in Russell’s bawdy vision: the rest, as they say, you’ll have to see for yourself.
Directed by Ken Russell | 1975 | 103 minutes | Rated R.
Monday, February 11 – 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8:30pm
“It’s a berserk exercise of demented genius, and on that level (I want to make my praise explicit) it functions and sometimes even works.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
“This is Ken Russell unfiltered — straight-up and unafraid to go wherever his mind leads him. Absolutely unique.” – Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress
“…without a doubt, one of the most unpredictable and hypnotic viewing experiences you could ever hope to have.” – Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat