Mozart in Love

Synopsis: An irreverent take on Mozart's relations with the three Weber sisters: Louisa, whom he loved, but who didn't love him; Constanza, whom he loved and married; and Sophie, who loved him but whom he didn't love. An anthology of arias from Mozart's operas, in which art comments on life through a cheeky use of back-projection and miming to records.
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("Cosi Fan Tutte"

by Wolfgang Mozart)

[Voiceover] This is

the story of three loves,

perhaps four.

The women were all sisters,

and I was the man

in their lives,

at least some of the time.

Their father was

my father's friend

and, so naturally,

when I went to Mannheim

to give concerts,

I stayed with them.

The father was a

fairly good musician.

In fact, they were all talented.

Especially the eldest, Louisa.

She had a lovely voice.

She sang like an angel.


Each of the daughters was

beautiful in her own way,

and I was a stranger

in a strange city.

I was young and alone, and

of course I fell in love.

It was like a tale from

The Arabian Nights,

a prince from another kingdom

and the three princesses

who vied for his love.

So, this is my story, our story,

an opera about love.

If you're not interested in love

and think you don't

like opera, well.

I'm not much for moralizing,

in my music even

less than in my life.

Music is its own meaning.

But sometimes people, you know,

are happier if they

think art is meaningful

rather than merely pleasureful.

So here it is at the beginning

for those among you

who are too impatient

to wait until the end to

find out what it's all about.

My philosophy of love.

A song, rich in intent,

profound in its implications,

as beautiful as it is deep.

("Die Entfhrung aus dem

Serail" by Wolfgang Mozart)

[Voiceover] He came

in the winter and, yes,

brought springtime

into everyone's life.

We all fell just a

little in love with him.

Of course, he was very young,

but he knew so much.

He helped me with my music

and taught me the

right way to sing.

Everyone said he was a genius.

He was certainly very gifted

and knew a great deal.

You know, he had been

performing and composing

almost from the time

he was an infant.

I became quite good.

[Voiceover] From the

first moment I saw him.

[Voiceover] I always

loved him, even as a child.

It was wonderful

loving him like that.

Knowing he could never

suspect my real feelings.

It was my secret.

("Die Zauberflote: Introduktion"

by Wolfgang Mozart)

[Voiceover] In a way, I

led a very sheltered life.

It's true, I was a raging success

in half a dozen countries

before I was 14.

I performed for the

most illustrious

crowned heads in Europe.

Women of all ages adored me.

They fussed over me.

They threw themselves at me.

It sounds like boasting, I know,

but there's no other

way to describe it.

Did you know that when

I was seven years old,

I proposed to Marie Antoinette,

who was also a child?

She agreed to marry me.

You don't believe

it, well, it's true.

I didn't lack for opportunities,

I can tell you that.

But, all the same, I

was still very innocent.

I was always falling in love.

It was like a chronic illness.

But what a delicious one.

Falling in and out of

love like a butterfly

going from flower to flower.

Every woman made my

heart beat faster.

("Le Nozze Di Figaro: Non

so piu cosa son" by Mozart)

[Voiceover] It was

perfect, the two of us.

He would write

beautiful songs for me,

and I would sing them.

His songs would become

famous through me.

I loved him, all of us did.

Under his guidance, my

voice improved tremendously.

[Voiceover] I

can hardly speak.

[Voiceover] I was always

the baby in the family.

How I hated it.

It was humiliating to be treated

like that in front of him.

Why can't time move faster,

and then the

differences in our ages

won't matter so much.

When he's 36, I'll be 28.

When he'll be 48, I'll be 40.

No, I'm not too young for him.

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Mark Rappaport

Mark Rappaport is an American independent/underground film director who has been working sporadically since the early 1970s. A lifelong New Yorker, born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, he graduated from Brooklyn College in 1964. Rappaport has been noted by Roger Ebert, Jonathan Rosenbaum, Ray Carney, J. Hoberman, Dave Kehr, and Stuart Klawans. Ray Carney considers him the greatest contemporary American film director. In May 2012, Rappaport filed a lawsuit against Carney for refusing to return digital masters of Rappaport's movies which the filmmaker had previously entrusted to Carney to transport to Paris. The suit was later dropped due to rising legal costs, and Rappaport started an online petition demanding that Carney return the masters.Rappaport made the 1978 drama The Scenic Route. His last three features, all made in the 1990s were Rock Hudson's Home Movies, From the Journals of Jean Seberg, and The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender.Since his move from New York to Paris in 2003, he has made many short video essays and published a collection of his (fictional and non-fictional) essays in French (Le Spectateur qui en savait trop, translated by Jean-Luc Mengus, Paris: P.O.L, 2008) and three online collections in English available in Kindle editions on Amazon: The Moviegoer Who Knew Too Much (2013), (F)au(x)tobiographies (2013), and The Secret Life of Moving Shadows (available in two parts, 2014). He has also exhibited photomontages in New York, Paris, and elsewhere over the past several years. more…

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