Irish Film Institute -MAESTRO


Director: Bradley Cooper

129 mins, USA, 2023, Digital

Bradley Cooper excels in the lead role in this lavish, brilliantly realised biopic of Leonard Bernstein, one of the towering figures of 20th century American culture. Cooper also co-writes and takes the reins as director – his second outing behind the camera following the phenomenally successful A Star is Born in 2018. Beginning in a vividly recreated post-war New York, where Bernstein began his stratospheric rise to international fame as both a conductor and composer, Maestro is a portrait of the artist viewed through the lens of his unorthodox, thirty-year marriage to Chilean-American actress, Felicia Montealegre (Carey Mulligan). Made with the cooperation of the couple’s three children, Maestro, which shifts from monochrome to exuberant colour as Cooper shuffles the timelines, is a breathtaking symphony of art, life, and love.

Notes by David O’Mahony

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