A Thing or Two About a Tune or Two: Pianists and Composers in Movies



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If you have visited our site before, you know that we love music here at Refinersfire. We also love movies, and in honor of the Oscar nominations which were announced yesterday, and to celebrate the movies we love here at Refinersfire, we have put together a list of must see films about musicians.


This Academy Award winning film tells the moving story of Australian concert pianist, David Helfgott and also brought international attention to Geoffrey Rush’s acting chops.

“Immortal Beloved” 

Beethoven and his mysterious love life. Need any more information?


I love a good romcom! No one does romcom better then Hugh Grant, who stars in this delightful movie which explores the lives and loves of George Sand and Frédéric Chopin. Add Emma Thompson, Mandy Patinkin, Bernadette Peters, and a great soundtrack by Chopin to the mix and be deliciously entertained for 91 minutes, exactly!


When I first saw this movie, there was an A side and a B side to the DVD, but I didn’t know that. I started the film on the B side. I was confused, but I knew that it was an “artsy” film. They’re supposed to be confusing, right? I eventually discovered my error (at the end of the B side) but the damage had been done. I hate this movie. It’s boring and it doesn’t make sense. And Mozart’s laugh is so creepy. But lots of people disagree with me, maybe you will too. Give it a go and let me know what you think. Be forewarned: none of it is true.

“Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould”

As the title suggests, it is thirty-two short films about pianist Glenn Gould

“The Pianist”

The movie for which Adrien Brody won an Academy Award (if you haven’t seen his acceptance speech, give it a look.)

“Grand Piano”

This new movie is not out yet, but you can get it on iTunes January 30 or head to your local theater March 7.  Elijah Wood stars the film’s harassed pianist. A piano thriller with intrigue and murder! Why not?


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