"Bradley Cooper’s head-flingingly heartfelt Leonard Bernstein biopic"- Guardian Film ★ ★ ★ ★
Bradley Cooper cements his position as a world-class filmmaker with his second feature, a passionate, enthralling biopic of Leonard Bernstein.
One of the towering figures of 20th-century American arts and culture, Bernstein was a gifted artist. Cooper celebrates this alongside Bernstein’s complexity as an individual. The composer of West Side Story, winner of countless accolades and the first American conductor to receive international acclaim, Bernstein was a titan of the classical world. Cooper’s film encompasses his life through the prism of his 30-year marriage to Chilean-American actor Felicia Montealegre. Spanning the decades following the end of the Second World War, the film skilfully weaves the couple’s story into the fabric of American cultural and political life. Cooper takes the lead role, capturing the intensity and charisma of his subject. Carey Mulligan brings strength and grace to her role as Montealegre, while Maya Hawke and Sarah Silverman shine in key supporting roles. Made with the cooperation of the couple’s three children, Maestro is a glorious symphony of life and art.