Chopin: Desire For Love Release Date: 1 March 2002 (Poland) Genre: Drama | Romance | Music Director(s): Jerzy Antczak Writer(s): Jerzy Antczak & Jadwiga Baranska Staring: Piotr Adamczyk, Danuta Stenka and Sara Muldner Ehhhhhh. In 2004, MTI Home Video made some business decisions that I wasn’t too entirely thrilled with. One of those was their […]

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Chopin: Desire For Love
Release Date: 1 March 2002 (Poland)
Genre: Drama | Romance | Music
Director(s): Jerzy Antczak
Writer(s): Jerzy Antczak & Jadwiga Baranska
Staring: Piotr Adamczyk, Danuta Stenka and Sara Muldner

Ehhhhhh.

In 2004, MTI Home Video made some business decisions that I wasn’t too entirely thrilled with. One of those was their releasing of a few historical dramas, including Nate & Colonel, Bloom, and Chopin: Desire For Love. Admittedly, this was just a matter of personal preference, as direct-to-video dramas rarely turn out well in my opinion. They also typically fall flat on the market. And while I’ll likely never know if those three films were successful business wise, although we can gauge it by seeing if 2005 brings others, the latter of the three was pretty unspectacular nonetheless.

Budgeted at $3.5 million, Chopin: Desire For Love was certainly made with the intention of satisfying its audience in Poland. For those not up to date on your classical composers, which include those pronouncing the film’s title “Chŏpĭn,” the movie is about the life and love of Polish composer and pianist Fryderyk Chopin. Going in, I didn’t know much about Chopin. While writing this review, though, I can’t really muster the strength to say I care any more after watching Chopin.

Fleeing Poland in 1830 after finally having had enough of a boorish Grand Duke, Fryderyk Chopin enters Paris in hope of making a career for himself. While not having much initial luck, things brighten when he meets one George Sand, a female author considerably older than him. Starting a relationship, the two have to deal with protests from Sand’s older son Maurice, who will stop at nothing to ensure that their relationship fails to flourish after seeing them in bed one night. Chopin: Desire For Love follows this plot, along with one about Chopin’s sickness, through its two-hour runtime.

That is probably the film’s biggest problem. At two hours, Chopin is at times an experiment in patience. Certain scenes feel never ending, and others are just unnecessary. After being exposed to these flawed characters for so long, I found myself loathing both Chopin and the older son. Other times, I was just apathetic. Cut down a bit, Chopin would probably be quite enjoyable.

On the positive side of things, the movie’s budget is a big plus. Besides for a relatively poor transfer, Chopin does not look like a direct-to-video film. The music is especially vibrant, employing Chopin’s works throughout the telling of his life. The filmmakers also throw a little bit of comedy our way, with some of it actually working.

A below average film bolstered up thanks to its budget and historical setting.

DVD: Barebones.

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