Lisztomania (1975)

35mm film, Technicolor, 2.35:1
3-channel Dolby, English

A British fantasy film directed by Ken Russell.

Plot Summary

YThe surreal misdvantures of composer Franz Liszt and his friend Richard Wagner hich incudes an encounter with Nordic god of thunder Thor and Wagner being resurrected after death as a Frankenstein-like monster.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Ken Russell
© 1975 Visual Programme Systems Ltd.
A Goodtimes Enterprises production. Made by Visual Programme Systems Ltd.
Executive Producer: Sandy Lieberson
Produced by: Roy Baird, David Puttnam
Written by: Ken Russell
Photographed by: Peter Suschitzky
Editor: Stuart Baird
Music by: Rick Wakeman assisted by Franz Liszt and Richard Wagner
Sound Recordist: Iain Bruce
Costume Designer: Shirley Russell from ‘The Last Picture Frock'
Make-up Supervisor: Wally Schneiderman
Hairdresser: Colin Jamison
Special Effects: Colin Chilvers, Roy Spencer *
Art Director: Philip Harrison
Made at: Shepperton Studio Centre, England and on location
Railway Sequence by courtesy of: The Bluebell Railway

Roger Daltrey (Franz Liszt)
Sara Kestelman (Princess Carolyn)
Paul Nicholas (Richard Wagner)
Ringo Starr (The Pope)
Rick Wakeman (Thor)
John Justin (Count d'Agoult)
Fiona Lewis (Marie [d'Agoult])
Veronica Quilligan (Cosima)
Nell Campbell (Olga Janina)
Andy Reilly (Hans von Bülow)
David English (Captain of Hussars)
Imogen Claire (George Sand)
Rikki Howard (countess)
David Corti (Daniel)
Anulka Dziubinska (Lola Montez)
Lucy Willers (Blandine)
Felicity Devonshire (governess)
Murray Melvin (Berlioz)
Aubrey Morris (Opera House manager)
Andrew Faulds (Richard Strauss)
Ken Parry
Ken Colley
Otto Diamant

Alternative Titles

Fed musik og sex på drengen – Denmark
Lisztománia – Hungary
Листомания – Russia

Extracts included in
Hollywood Singing & Dancing: A Musical History – 1970's (2009)
Ken Russell: A Bit of a Devil (2012)



  • American Cinematographer vol.57 no.2 (February 1976) pp.208-209 – review
  • Cinema TV Today no.10120 (8 February 1975) p.8 – credits
  • Films and Filming vol.22 no.2 (November 1975) pp.26-31 – illustrated preview
  • Films and Filming vol.22 no.4 (January 1976) pp.31-32 – review
  • Films Illustrated vol.5 no.51 (November 1975) pp.100-101 – review
  • Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television vol.34 no.1 (March 2014) pp.85-102 – article (Calculated risks: Film Finances and British independents in the 1970s by Justin Smith)
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.238 no.26 (10 October 1975) pp.3, 6 – review
  • Journal of Popular Film & Television vol.35 no.2 (Summer 2007) pp.58-65 – illustrated article (Liszt in the Movies: Liszt's Rhapsody as Composer Biopic by Michael Saffle)
  • The Listener vol.94 no.2433 (20 November 1975) pp.696-697 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.42 no.502 (November 1975) pp.240-241 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Screen International no.12 (22 November 1975) p.14 – review
  • Sight & Sound vol.19 no.6 (June 2009) p.86 – DVD review (Reviews: DVDs: Lisztomania by Michael Brooke)
  • Variety 15 October 1975 p.26 – review


  • Film Review 1976-1977 by F. Maurice Speed p.173 – credits, synopsis
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.228 – credits