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Encyclopedia > Impromptu (1991 film)
Impromptu

Promotional movie poster for the film
Directed by James Lapine
Produced by Stuart Oken
Daniel A. Sherkow
Written by Sarah Kernochan
Starring Judy Davis
Hugh Grant
Mandy Patinkin
Bernadette Peters
Julian Sands
Ralph Brown
Georges Corraface
Anton Rodgers
Emma Thompson
Anna Massey
Music by Frédéric Chopin
Franz Liszt
Ludwig van Beethoven
Cinematography Bruno de Keyzer
Editing by Michael Ellis
Distributed by Sovereign Pictures
Release date(s) 12 April 1991
Running time 91 min
Country UK, France
Language English
IMDb profile

Impromptu is a 1991 movie written by Sarah Kernochan, directed by James Lapine, produced by Daniel A. Sherkow and Stuart Oken, and starring Hugh Grant as Chopin and Judy Davis as George Sand. This movie was rated PG-13 by the MPAA. It won the award as Audience Favorite at the Houston WorldFest Film Festival and was broadcast on PBS's Masterpiece Theatre (1993). The film was shot entirely on location in France as a British production by an American company. Image File history File links Impromptuposter. ... James Lapine (born January 10, 1949 in Mansfield, Ohio) is an Jewish-American director and librettist. ... Sarah Kernochan (born December 30, 1947 in New York City) first gained prominence as co-director of the 1972 film Marjoe (about evangelist Marjoe Gortner), which won an Academy Award for best documentary. ... Judy Davis (born 23 April 1955) is an Academy Award-nominated Australian actress. ... Hugh John Mungo Grant (born September 9, 1960 in Hammersmith, London) is a Golden Globe winning English actor. ... Mandy Patinkin as Rube John Sofer from the television show Dead Like Me. ... Bernadette Peters is an American Tony Award-winning actress and singer. ... Julian Sands as Vladimir Bierko on 24. ... Ralph Brown (b. ... European actor Georges Corraface has an international career in film and television, after many years in French theater - notably as a member of the famed Peter Brook Company. ... Anton Rodgers (born 10 January 1933, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire) is a British actor. ... Thompson in the 1989 film The Tall Guy Emma Thompson (born April 15, 1959) is a two-time Academy Award and BAFTA-winning English actress, comedienne, and screenwriter. ... Anna Massey, CBE (born August 11, 1937) is a British actress. ... Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin (French: Frédéric François Chopin; English: IPA: or ; French: ) (March 1, 1810[1] â€“ October 17, 1849) was a Polish pianist and composer of the Romantic era. ... Liszt redirects here. ... 1820 portrait by Joseph Karl Stieler Beethoven redirects here. ... Monty Python’s Flying Circus (also known as Flying Circus, MPFC or just Monty Python during the fourth season) was a highly popular, surreal BBC sketch comedy show from Monty Python, and the group’s initial claim to fame. ... April 12 is the 102nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (103rd in leap years). ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Sarah Kernochan (born December 30, 1947 in New York City) first gained prominence as co-director of the 1972 film Marjoe (about evangelist Marjoe Gortner), which won an Academy Award for best documentary. ... James Lapine (born January 10, 1949 in Mansfield, Ohio) is an Jewish-American director and librettist. ... Hugh John Mungo Grant (born September 9, 1960 in Hammersmith, London) is a Golden Globe winning English actor. ... Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin (French: Frédéric François Chopin; English: IPA: or ; French: ) (March 1, 1810[1] â€“ October 17, 1849) was a Polish pianist and composer of the Romantic era. ... Judy Davis (born 23 April 1955) is an Academy Award-nominated Australian actress. ... George Sand in 1864 (picture by Nadar). ... The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is a non-profit trade association formed to advance the interests of movie studios. ... Masterpiece Theatre is a long-running television series produced by WGBH which premiered on PBS on January 10, 1971. ...

Contents

Plot

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Aurora Dudevant is an outspoken writer using the pseudonym George Sand. In her romantic pursuit of the sensitive Chopin, she is advised that she must act like a man pursuing a woman. She takes this advice to heart, and wins over Chopin and even participates in a duel for him, at which he faints. George Sand in 1864 (picture by Nadar). ...


The movie also stars Julian Sands as Franz Liszt, Bernadette Peters as Marie d'Agoult, and Emma Thompson as the Duchess d'Antan. Julian Sands as Vladimir Bierko on 24. ... Liszt redirects here. ... Bernadette Peters is an American Tony Award-winning actress and singer. ... Thompson in the 1989 film The Tall Guy Emma Thompson (born April 15, 1959) is a two-time Academy Award and BAFTA-winning English actress, comedienne, and screenwriter. ...


Cast

and Judy Davis (born 23 April 1955) is an Academy Award-nominated Australian actress. ... George Sand in 1864 (picture by Nadar). ... Hugh John Mungo Grant (born September 9, 1960 in Hammersmith, London) is a Golden Globe winning English actor. ... Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin (French: Frédéric François Chopin; English: IPA: or ; French: ) (March 1, 1810[1] â€“ October 17, 1849) was a Polish pianist and composer of the Romantic era. ... Mandy Patinkin as Rube John Sofer from the television show Dead Like Me. ... Tomb of Alfred de Musset in Le Père Lachaise cemetery. ... Bernadette Peters is an American Tony Award-winning actress and singer. ... Marie Catherine Sophie de Flavigny, Vicomtesse de Flavigny (December 31, 1805 - March 5, 1876), known also by her married name and title, Marie, Comtesse dAgoult, and by her pen name, Daniel Stern; an author and a paramour of Franz Liszt. ... Julian Sands as Vladimir Bierko on 24. ... Liszt redirects here. ... Ralph Brown (b. ... Eugène Delacroix (portrait by Nadar) Ferdinand Victor Eugène Delacroix (April 26, 1798 – August 13, 1863) was the most important of the French Romantic painters. ... European actor Georges Corraface has an international career in film and television, after many years in French theater - notably as a member of the famed Peter Brook Company. ... Anton Rodgers (born 10 January 1933, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire) is a British actor. ... Thompson in the 1989 film The Tall Guy Emma Thompson (born April 15, 1959) is a two-time Academy Award and BAFTA-winning English actress, comedienne, and screenwriter. ... Anna Massey, CBE (born August 11, 1937) is a British actress. ...

  • David Birkin - Maurice
  • Nimer Rashed - Didier
  • Fiona Vincente - Solange
  • John Savident - Buloz
  • Lucy Speed - Young Aurora
  • Elizabeth Spriggs - Baroness Laginsky
  • Jezabelle Amato - Innkeeper's Wife
  • Claude Berthy - Chopin's Valet
  • André Chaumeau - Priest
  • Nicholas Hawtrey - Philosopher
  • Isabelle Guiard - Princess
  • Fernand Guiot - Butler
  • Sylvie Herbert - Sophie
  • Annette Milsom - Ursule
  • Jean-Michel Dagory - Innkeeper
  • François Lalande - Local Doctor
  • Ian Marshall de Garnier - Editor
  • Dale Scott-Giry - Woman at Party
  • Stuart Seide - Clerk

John Savident (born 1938) is a well-known British actor. ... Lucy on the gameshow Jumpers for Goalposts Lucy Speed (born December 03, 1977, in Wallington, Surrey) is a British actress, probably best known for her role as Natalie Evans in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. ... Elizabeth Spriggs (born 1929 in Buxton, England) is a British actress. ...

Soundtrack listing

Chopin: Frédéric François Chopin as portrayed by Eugène Delacroix in 1838. ...

  • Impromptu No. 1 in A-flat major, Opus 29
  • Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Opus 23
  • Polonaise in A major, Opus 40#1 ("Military")
  • Etude in E minor, Opus 25#5 ("Wrong Note")
  • Prelude in G-sharp minor, Opus 28#12
  • Prelude in D-flat major, Opus 28#15 ("Raindrop")
  • Etude in G-flat major, Opus 25#9 ("Butterfly")
  • Nouvelle Etude No. 1 in F minor
  • Etude in C-sharp minor, Opus 10#4
  • Waltz in D-flat major, Opus 64#1 ("Minute")
  • Fantasy-Impromptu in C-sharp minor, Opus 66
  • Nocturne in F major, Opus 15#1
  • Etude in A-flat major, Opus 25#1 ("Aeolian Harp")

Liszt: Franz Liszt (October 22, 1811 – July 31, 1886) was a virtuoso pianist and composer. ...

  • Apres d'une lecture de Dante (from Annees de pelerinage, 2nd year)
  • Transcendental Etude #4 ("Mazeppa")
  • Grand Galop Chromatique

Beethoven: Ludwig van Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven (baptized December 17, 1770 – March 26, 1827) was a German composer of Classical music, the predominant musical figure in the transitional period between the Classical and Romantic eras. ...

  • Selections from Symphony No.6 in D major ("Pastoral")

Awards and nominations

Independent Spirit Awards Founded in 1984, the Independent Spirit Awards were originally known as the FINDIE (Friends of Independents) Awards and presented winners with Plexiglas pyramids containing suspended shoestrings representing the paltry budgets of independent films. ...

  • Best Female Lead--Judy Davis (WINNER)
  • Best Supporting Female--Emma Thompson (nominee)

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