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).
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.