There is only one week left of the Handwritten exhibition, it will close to the public on Sunday 18 March. If you are like me and don’t want your fabulous exhibition experience to fade, you might consider some of the multitude of cinematic depictions of the authors in the exhibition. They range from the terribly serious to the slightly silly and with all the rain we’ve had recently its perfect weather for curling up on the couch to watch some films.
If you are a classical music fan then there is possibly no better place to start than with the Academy Award winning Amadeus, a largely fictional account of the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his rivalry with Austrian court composer Antonio Salieri. It was filmed in Vienna in many of the original locations and with a score that is almost entirely by Mozart, it is a must see. If Beethoven is more your style you could watch Immortal Beloved with Gary Oldman but also seek out the often overlooked Copying Beethoven with Ed Harris –it’s interesting to note that Sir Anthony Hopkins was the first choice to play the composer in both of these films.
Sigmund Freud is another figure who has been depicted in many movies and in many strange ways, in The Seven Percent Solution, Sherlock Holmes visits Freud to cure him of his delusions and in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Freud (and Napoleon) are kidnapped and transported through time to help with a high school science project. On a more serious note, keep a look out for A Dangerous Method, which chronicles the relationship between Jung and Freud in the development of psychoanalysis, it is due to be released in cinemas in Australia at the end of this month.
There are simply too many movies to mention so I hope that you will add your favourites too. Grab the popcorn and dim the lights……