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Chevalier

Stephen Williams | 2023 | 108 MINS
USA
The story of Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, often crudely referred to as ‘Black Mozart’, is finally given the spotlight it deserves in this rousing new historical drama.

In Detail

The illegitimate son of an African slave and a French plantation owner, Bologne (Kelvin Harrison Jr. in a tour de force performance) rises to improbable heights in French society as a celebrated violinist-composer and fencer, complete with an ill-fated love affair and a falling out with Marie Antoinette (Lucy Boynton) and her court.

The violin duel with Mozart is particularly exhilarating if not historically accurate. Bologne seems to have been erased from history, but this superbly enjoyable film puts him firmly back in the musical landscape.

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