This is a widescreen rip from the laserdisc release of the film, downloaded from Cinemageddon.org
Very bad, over the top, one can't help but wonder what they were thinking while they made it. Indeed a bad movie, but legendarily, almost mythically bad.
Lisztomania is a 1975 film by Ken Russell, drawn from a biography of Franz Liszt.
Depicting the flamboyant Liszt as the first classical pop star, Lisztomania features then-contemporary rock star Roger Daltrey in the leading role. The film was released the same year as Tommy, also starring Daltrey and directed by Russell. The film is derived in part from an actual "kiss-and-tell" book, Nélida, by Marie d'Agoult, about her affair with Liszt.
The term "Lisztomania" was coined by the German romantic literary figure Heinrich Heine to describe the massive public response to Liszt's virtuosic piano performances. There were screaming women and concerts were often standing room only.
Rick Wakeman, from the progressive rock band Yes, composed the Lisztomania album soundtrack for the movie, making synthesizer arrangements of Liszt and Wagner. He also appears in the movie as the nordic god of thunder Thor. Daltrey and Russell wrote the lyrics for the songs, and Daltrey sang on the soundtrack.
Other rock celebrities appear in the movie such as The Beatles' drummer Ringo Starr, who appears as the Pope.
This movie was first to use the relatively new Dolby Stereo noise reduction sound system.
As of yet, Lisztomania has still not been released on DVD format, in any region (there was a 1990's laserdisc release in letterbox format and Dolby Surround sound).
Directed by Ken Russell
Produced by Roy Baird David Puttnam
Written by Ken Russell
Music by Rick Wakeman Franz Liszt Richard Wagner
Cinematography Peter Suschitzky
Editing by Stuart Baird
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date 10 October 1975
Running time 103 min.
Roger Daltrey ... Franz Liszt
Sara Kestelman ... Princess Carolyn
Paul Nicholas ... Richard Wagner
Ringo Starr ... The Pope
Rick Wakeman ... Thor
John Justin ... Count d'Agoult
Fiona Lewis ... Marie d'Agoult
Veronica Quilligan ... Cosima
Nell Campbell ... Olga Janina
Andrew Reilly ... Hans Von Buelow
David English ... Captain
Imogen Claire ... George Sand
Rikki Howard ... Countess
David Corti ... Daniel
Anulka Dziubinska ... Lola Montez