Saturday, June 20, 2015

Musical Interludes I: Letter from an Unknown Woman (Max Ophüls, 1948)

Jakob Gimpel's hands playing Liszt's "Un Sospiro" in Letter from an Unknown Woman.
Every time someone is playing a musical instrument in a movie, I can't help but pay attention to how realistic the performance is. And since I'm an amateur piano player myself (something my neighbors will never stop thanking for) I particularly enjoy scrutinizing finger movements on the piano keyboard when an actor is performing, or pretending to. Do you have the same compulsion?