Tag: Maestro

  • In “Maestro,” Bradley Cooper Leaves Out All the Good Stuff

    In “Maestro,” Bradley Cooper Leaves Out All the Good Stuff

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    Making things up is part of the process of making a bio-pic. The question is whether abbreviations and approximations serve as springboards for a director’s imagination or whether they’re just shortcuts—and from what to what. The center of “Maestro,” which Bradley Cooper directed (and wrote, with Josh Singer), is the bond between Leonard Bernstein (played…

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  • ‘Maestro’ review: Bradley Cooper orchestrates an elegant portrayal of Leonard Bernstein

    ‘Maestro’ review: Bradley Cooper orchestrates an elegant portrayal of Leonard Bernstein

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    Biopics of public figures who rose to prominence in the 20th century are not impersonation contests, yet there’s inevitably a treasure trove of archival footage of the real-life person available on YouTube et al., and I would gently request you check out a few video clips of Leonard Bernstein in advance of seeing Bradley Cooper’s…

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  • “Maestro” Is a Leonard Bernstein Bio-Pic as Restless as Its Subject

    “Maestro” Is a Leonard Bernstein Bio-Pic as Restless as Its Subject

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    Among other things, “On the Waterfront” (1954) is a glove story. Walking near the river, on a cold day, Eva Marie Saint drops a glove. Marlon Brando picks it up and puts it on. He unwraps a stick of gum. After a while, she tugs the glove from his hand. Contact is made. She goes…

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  • The Real Star of Bradley Cooper’s Film “Maestro” May Be a House

    The Real Star of Bradley Cooper’s Film “Maestro” May Be a House

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    In the early 1960s, after a number of summers renting on Martha’s Vineyard, Jamie Bernstein’s family bought a vacation home on a wooded hill in West Redding, Conn. There, 9-year-old Jamie and her younger brother, Alexander, devised various games of make-believe, chief among them a fantasy that they lived the same sort of low-key, small-town…

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