Bradley Cooper’s directorial follow-up to A Star Is Born, Maestro portraits the life of legendary musician Leonard Bernstein (Cooper) and his complicated yet devoted decades-spanning relationship with actress Felicia Montealegre (Carey Mulligan). Vividly recreating post-war New York, Cooper’s film tracks Bernstein’s stratospheric rise to international fame as both conductor and composer with an intimate focus on its impact on his private life and marriage. Photographed in gorgeous monochrome and vivid colour, scored with Bernstein’s thrilling music, and featuring two towering central performances, Maestro is an emotionally rich, symphonic, cinematic love letter.
Why You Should See This Film
Crafted and performed with sensitivity, visual ingenuity, and symphonic splendour, Maestro is a second feature from Bradley Cooper returning behind the camera (and in front) across from a show stealing performance from the wonderful Carey Mulligan. A special recommendation to lovers of Bernstein’s music, but also to all you Tár-heads out there, as Lydia Tár was herself a student of the great composer and shared his love of Mahler.
- Year: 2023
- Rating: M
- Director: Bradley Cooper
- Cast: Carey Mulligan, Bradley Cooper
- Duration: 129 minutes
- Language: English