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Movie Review: In Search of Mozart

Alternate Title: Looking for Mr. Good Note

Story: Milos Forman introduced the pop culture world to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 -1791) with his entertaining, Oscar winning, Amadeus in 1984. In Search of Mozart's goal is to now tell the true story of Mozart through his letters and his astounding music - not the fictionalized account brought successfully to stage and to screen.

Writer, producer and director Phil Grabsky compiles a full history of Mozart's work in chronological order through the use of talking heads who read his letters, discuss his family and the tenor of the times. We get to see and hear excerpts by musicians, full symphonies, soloists and lovers of Mozart. The heart and soul of this film lies with the performers whose love of his talent is so obvious.

Consider this a crash course in Mozart 101. It is a joy for newcomers and aficionados alike. See it and I am sure you will want to hear more.

Acting: Go to http://www.insearchofmozart.com/performers.htm to see the complete list of talking heads, performers and music seen and heard in the film.

Predilection: I like Mozart

Blatant Product Placement: Yamaha, Steinway & Sons and Volkswagen

Soundtrack: Heavenly

Visual Art: Many paintings and portraits of Mozart and his times are used to help narrate the film.

Theater Audience: A theater filled with hi brows and one middle brow, me.

Sappy Factor: The overused snowy scene at a character and film's end is sappy.

Drift Factor: The music does, at times, allow you to wander.

Oscar Worthy: No

Nit Picking: The transitional contemporary scenes of Mozart's favorite spots such as Paris, Vienna and London did nothing to add to the film. If anything, it was a distraction.

Big Screen or Rental: Rental would be fine.

Length: Two hours