The incredible tale of Mozart's Prague years.
Anyone who found Amadeus a historical travesty should steer well clear of this lamentably bad Mozart biopic, which concocts a ridiculously overwrought romantic triangle out of the time the composer spent in Prague in 1787.
Aneurin Barnard’s rakish Mozart takes a fancy here to Morfydd Clark’s fetching young soprano as he prepares for the premiere in the city of his opera Don Giovanni (wife Constanze is conveniently visiting a spa). Unfortunately, her socially ambitious parents (Adrian Edmondson, Dervla Kirwan) have promised her in marriage to James Purefoy’s sneering, lecherous, violently sadistic baron. And he is Mozart’s sworn foe…
As Amadeus proved, departing from the facts is no bar to creating dazzling entertainment. Sadly, Interlude in Prague is a farrago from first to last. Admittedly, the costumes are gorgeous, and the music is, of course, divine. But the script is terrible and the acting is almost as bad. Indeed, the whole enterprise has a distinct Europudding flavour, despite the fact that all the leading actors are British.
Certificate 15. Runtime 103 mins. Director John Stephenson
Interlude in Prague debuts on Sky Cinema Premiere on Tuesday 10 October. Available on DVD & Digital from Signature Entertainment.
A film critic for over 25 years, Jason admits the job can occasionally be glamorous – sitting on a film festival jury in Portugal; hanging out with Baz Luhrmann at the Chateau Marmont; chatting with Sigourney Weaver about The Archers – but he mostly spends his time in darkened rooms watching films. He’s also written theatre and opera reviews, two guide books on Rome, and competed in a race for Yachting World, whose great wheeze it was to send a seasick film critic to write about his time on the ocean waves. But Jason is happiest on dry land with a classic screwball comedy or Hitchcock thriller.
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