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Le Maitre De Musique Review

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A retired opera singer trains a beautiful soprano and a street thief tenor for a competition held by his arch-rival.

★★★★★

Gerard Corbiau's film has been compared to both Diva and Amadeus but, even with music as its centre, the Oscar-nominated period piece is neither as self-consciously stylish nor as energetically irreverent as those predecessors.

The story itself is rather slight - a retired opera singer trains a beautiful soprano and a street thief tenor for a competition held by his arch-rival - the mood delicate and the staging pretty. The soundtrack, however, is glorious, with music by Verdi, Schubert and Mahler.

The slight story is surpassed by a gloriuos soundtrack in a film that fails to live up to comparisons with Diva and Amadeus.