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Impromptu ★★★ 1990 (PG-13)

A smart, sassy, romantic comedy set in 1830s Europe among the era's artistic greats—here depicted as scalawags, parasites and early beatniks. The film's ace is Davis in a lusty, dynamic role as mannish authoress George Sand, obsessively in love with the dismayed composer Chopin. Though he's too pallid a character for her attraction to be credible, a great cast and abundant wit make this a treat. Beautiful score featuring Chopin and Liszt. Film debut of stage director Lapine; screenplay written by his wife, Sarah Kernochan. 108m/C VHS, DVD . Judy Davis, Hugh Grant, Mandy Patinkin, Bernadette Peters, Julian Sands, Ralph Brown, Georges Corraface, Anton Rodgers, Emma Thompson, Anna Massey, John Savident, Elizabeth Spriggs; D: James Lapine; W: Sarah Kernochan; C: Bruno de Keyzer. Ind. Spirit ‘92: Actress (Davis).


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im·promp·tu / imˈpräm(p)ˌt(y)oō/ • adj. & adv. done without being planned, organized, or rehearsed: [as adj.] an impromptu press conference | [as adv.] he spoke impromptu. • n. (pl. -tus) a short piece of instrumental music, esp. a solo, that is reminiscent of an improvisation.


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impromptu (Fr.). Literally ‘improvised’ or ‘on the spur of the moment’, but in 19th cent., name given to short piece of instr. mus., often in song-like form, e.g. those by Schubert, Chopin, and Schumann. In 20th cent., term has been used by Britten for rev. 3rd movt. of his pf. conc.


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impromptu adv. and sb. XVII. — F. — L. phr. in promptū at hand, in readiness (prōmere; see PROMPT).