Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
This intelligent film is also rollicking, slapstick farce and musical comedy. It tells the story of a large extended family involved in all phases of the music business, from classical to pop. As the story unfolds, an eccentric music publisher (Otto Sander), his wife, mistress, and daughter (Angelica Milster) live in a Berlin villa. Newly welcomed into the family fold is their recently discovered relative Rita (I Sa Lo), who is simultaneously a stepdaughter and a half-sister. Rita's fondness for the band "The Coconuts" brings two of their players, Rod (Roderick Melven) and Franz (Franz Hummel), into the villa. The hijinks grow fast and furious when a long-lost Chopin piano piece is discovered. Filled with musical spoofs and brilliant pastiches of classical works, as well as send-ups of the pop music world of the time (1975), this movie also finds time to spoof surrealism. One highlight is the deadpan pianistic comedy of concert pianist Franz Hummel, who composed the phony Chopin piece. Angelika Milster's ragtime improvisations in this film won an Ernst Lubitsch Film Prize.
behind-enemy-lines, eccentric, large-family, music, music-business, publisher