Chopin: Desire for Love

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Chopin: Desire for Love
Chopin Desire for Love.JPG
Directed by Jerzy Antczak
Produced by Pawel Rakowski, Jerzy Antczak
Written by Jerzy Antczak, Jadwiga Baranska
Starring Piotr Adamczyk
Music by Nikodem Wolk-Laniewski (sound)
Cinematography Edward Klosinski
Edited by Ewa Romanowska-Rózewicz
Release date
Running time
134 minutes
Country Poland
Language Polish

Chopin: Desire for Love (Polish: Chopin. Pragnienie miłości) is a film created by director Jerzy Antczak based on the life story of the famous Polish pianist and composer Frédéric Chopin.

The plot covers the affair between Chopin and feminist writer George Sand. Chopin's music is integral to the film - with pianist Janusz Olejniczak[1] playing more than 77 compositions.[2]

Two versions of the film were shot—in Polish and English—with British actors later lip-syncing the dialogue.[3]

Director Antczak spent 25 years writing the screenplay and six years raising the budget for the film.[4]

The film was screened at Houston Film Festival in 2003 and won the Gold Award for Best Cinematography and the Platinum Award for Best Drama.[4]


The film starts when Frédéric Chopin is still a young man living with his parents and his two sisters in Warsaw where he frequently plays the piano and composes music for the decidedly unmusical Grand Duke Constantine. Shortly before the November Uprising, Chopin's father urges him to leave for Paris, which Frédéric does. Once in Paris he meets novelist George Sand, who has just split from her violent lover Mallefille. Although he is immediately drawn to Sand, he initially refuses her advances. However, after several months, their mutual friend Albert urges Chopin to get to know George better and a passionate romance starts to build. During their affair, Chopin is diagnosed with tuberculosis and has to cope with a declining health. The relationship is further complicated by George's two children: Maurice and Solange. While Maurice's near-hysterical hatred of Chopin leads from one escalation to the other, Solange develops an obsessive love for Chopin which leads to a rivalry between Solange and her mother. After several years of constant fighting between Chopin, George, Maurice and Solange, the relationship ends and Chopin calls for one of his sisters to help him get through the last days of his life.



  1. ^ pl:Janusz Olejniczak
  2. ^ Kumar, S.R. Ashok (2003-05-07). "Slice of Poland". The Hindu. Kasturi & Sons Ltd. 
  3. ^ Harrison, Eric (2003-04-05). "Worldfest Houston / Filmmaker shares his knowledge". Houston Chronicle. 
  4. ^ a b Scarpello, Fabio (2004-01-02). "European Film Festival spans cultures, generations". The Jakarta Post. 

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