• Biography • Comedy • Music In 1830s France, pianist/composer Frédéric Chopin is pursued romantically by the determined, individualistic woman who uses the name George Sand. In 1830s France, pianist/composer Frédéric Chopin is pursued romantically by the determined, individualistic woman who impromptu the name George Sand.

In 1830s France, pianist/composer Frédéric Chopin is pursued romantically by the determined, individualistic woman who uses the name George Sand. I liked Impromptu, I liked the characters, their development, the setting, the costumes.

I like it all. It was a genuinely funny film. The kids, the duel, the horse's commentary were priceless gems. The story was well written and the acting was outstanding. George Sand (Judy Davis) a very independent character falls for Frederic Chopin (Hugh Grant) a sensitive basket case who impromptu a genius when it comes to the piano. I understand this is a true story. I hope the original was as fresh and funny as the movie portrayal. • Browse the Dictionary: • a • b • c • d • e • f • g • h • i • j • k • l • impromptu • n • o • p • q • r • s • t • u impromptu v • w • x • y • z • 0-9 • Home • Help • About Us • Shop • Advertising Info • Dictionary API • Contact Us • Join MWU • Videos • Word of the Year • Vocabulary Resources • Law Dictionary • Medical Dictionary • Privacy Policy • Terms of Use • Browse the Thesaurus impromptu Browse the Medical Dictionary • Browse the Legal Dictionary © 2022 Merriam-Webster, Incorporated
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Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. extemporaneous, impromptu - Extemporaneous means "prepared in advance and carried out with few or no notes," while impromptu means "totally unprepared, performed on the spur of the moment"—but this distinction has been all but lost.

musical passage, passage - a short section of a musical composition Adj. 1. impromptu - with little or no preparation or forethought; "his ad-lib comments showed poor judgment"; "an extemporaneous piano recital"; "an extemporary lecture"; "an extempore skit"; "an impromptu speech"; "offhand excuses"; "trying to sound offhanded and reassuring"; "an off-the-cuff toast"; "a few unrehearsed comments" (made or done) without preparation beforehand.

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Running time impromptu minutes Countries United Kingdom United States Language English Box office $4.1 million (USA) [1] Impromptu is a 1991 period drama film directed by James Lapine, written by Sarah Kernochan, produced by Daniel A.

Sherkow and Stuart Oken, and starring Hugh Grant as Frédéric Chopin and Judy Davis as George Sand. The film was shot entirely on location in France as a British production by an American company. The main location used was at the Chateau des Briottières outside of Angers, in the Loire Valley.


{INSERTKEYS} [3] Contents • 1 Plot • 2 Cast • 3 Production • 4 Music • 5 Release • 5.1 Critical reception • 5.2 Accolades • 6 References • 7 External links Plot [ edit ] Since getting divorced, Baroness Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin (previously Baroness Dudevant, the successful and notorious writer of sensational romance novels), now lives under the pseudonym George Sand, in Paris, has been in the habit of dressing like a man.

In her romantic pursuit of the sensitive Frédéric Chopin, whose music she fell in love with before meeting him, George/Aurora is advised that she must act like a man pursuing a woman, though also advised to avoid damaging his health by pursuing Chopin.

With this advice Sand is deterred by a fellow countrywoman (the mistress of Franz Liszt) the Countess Marie d'Agoult, acting like she is smitten with Chopin to prevent a relationship between Chopin and Sand.

Sand meets Chopin in 1836 [4] in the French countryside house of the Duchess d'Antan, a foolish aspiring socialite who invites artists from Paris to her salon to feel cosmopolitan. Sand invites herself, hoping to meet Chopin, not knowing that a few of her former lovers are also in attendance. A small play is written by Alfred de Musset satirizing the aristocracy and specifically mocking their hostess, Chopin protests at his lack of manners, de Musset bellows and a fireplace explosion ensues.

Chopin is briefly swayed by a beautifully written love letter ostensibly from d'Agoult, actually written by, and stolen from, Sand. Eventually Sand wins over Chopin when she proves that she wrote the letter, reciting it to him passionately. And after buying a copy of her memoir, he finds the text of the letter in the book.

Chopin is then challenged to a duel by one of Sand's ex-lovers. He faints during the face-off. Sand finishes the duel for him and nurses him back to health in the countryside, solidifying their relationship.

Near the end of the movie, Sand and Chopin dedicate a volume of music to the countess, although this only suggests that she has had an affair with Chopin, causing a falling-out with her lover Liszt. Sand and Chopin depart for Majorca, relieved to escape the competitive nature of artistic alliances and jealousies in Paris.

Cast [ edit ] • Judy Davis as George Sand (Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin) • Hugh Grant as Frédéric Chopin • Mandy Patinkin as Alfred de Musset • Bernadette Peters as Marie Catherine Sophie, Comtesse d'Agoult • Julian Sands as Franz Liszt • Ralph Brown as Eugène Delacroix • Georges Corraface as Felicien Mallefille • Anton Rodgers as Duke d'Antan • Emma Thompson as Duchess d'Antan • Anna Massey as Sophie-Victorie Delaborde, George Sand's Mother The film's supporting performances include David Birkin as Maurice, John Savident as Buloz, Lucy Speed as Young Aurora, and Elizabeth Spriggs as Baroness Laginsky.

Production [ edit ] Sarah Kernochan, director James Lapine's wife, had written the film in 1988 during a lay-off due to 1988 Writers Guild of America strike. Kernochan explained the film: "How do complicated people find a simple way of loving?" The producer Stuart Oken liked the project; his concern was to give Lapine "a chance to realize his vision and become a movie director." Oken brought the project to his friend and fellow producer, Dan Sherkow, who secured financing and distribution for the picture.

[5] For the cast, Lapine wanted "to use people he had worked with before." He cast actors who "didn't look like, but embodied the characters." Judy Davis and Mandy Patinkin could "hardly look more unlike the cultural icons they portray." Lapine hired a piano coach and a music consultant to advise both Grant and Sands on various piano techniques.

[5] Due to Common Market legalities, the film was incorporated as a British production with co-production by Ariane Films, a French company and distribution by a United States company Sovereign Pictures. The budget was $6 million. [5] Music [ edit ] Chopin: • Impromptu No. 1 in A-flat major (Op. 29) • Ballade No. 1 in G minor (Op. 23) • Polonaise in A major "Military" (Op.

40, No.1) • Etude in E minor "Wrong Note" (Op. 25, No. 5) • Prelude in G-sharp minor (Op. 28, No. 12) • Prelude in D-flat major "Raindrop" (Op. 28, No. 15) • Etude in G-flat major "Butterfly" (Op. 25, No. 9) • Nouvelle Etude No.

1 in F minor • Etude in C-sharp minor (Op. {/INSERTKEYS}


10, No. 4) • Waltz in D-flat major "Minute" (Op. 64, No. 1) • Fantasy-Impromptu in C-sharp minor (Op. 66) • Nocturne in F major (Op.

15, No. 1) • Etude in A-flat major "Aeolian Harp" (Op. 25, No. 1) Liszt: • Apres d'une lecture de Dante (from Années de Pèlerinage, 2nd year) • Transcendental Etude No. 4 "Mazeppa" • Grand galop chromatique Beethoven: • Symphony No.6 in F major "Pastoral" Release [ edit ] Impromptu was released on 12 April 1991 in the United Kingdom. It was later broadcast on PBS's Masterpiece Theatre in 1993.

[6] Critical reception [ edit ] Impromptu has received mixed reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 76% based on 17 reviews, with an average score of 6/10. [7] Jeff Millar of the Houston Chronicle wrote that the film is "a zingy, impudent little essay on gender, with the impromptu confusing George Sand at its center." [8] Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times awarded the film 3/4 stars, writing, "The impromptu has little serious interest in George Sand, and almost none in the novels impromptu are all that remain of her, but diverts itself with scandal, atmosphere, location, and witty repartee." [9] Janet Maslin of The New York Times gave the film a positive review, likening it to the films of Ken Russell.

Speaking of director James Lapine's approach, Maslin said, "Handling this material playfully, he tosses together the film's artistic luminaries and allows impromptu to indulge in outrageous antics, like the scene that finds Sand pleading for Chopin's affections and telling him she needs only a minute of his time to explain her feelings." [ citation impromptu The New Yorker reviewer wrote that the film was "an ebullient and absurdly entertaining account of the famous love affair of George Sand and Frédéric Chopin.

.The historical figures in this movie are cartoons, but they’re cartoons with recognizable human qualities, and the actors look as if they were having a wonderful time charging around in their period costumes.

Hugh Grant’s Chopin is a brilliant caricature of the Romantic ideal of the artist; he gives the character an air of befuddled unworldliness, and punctuates impromptu readings with delicately timed tubercular coughs. Judy Davis plays Sand—a great actress in a great role." impromptu Accolades [ edit ] List of awards and nominations Award Category Recipients Result Independent Spirit Awards [11] [12] Best Female Lead Judy Davis Won Best Supporting Female Emma Thompson Nominated References [ edit ] • ^ a b "Impromptu (1991)".

Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved 14 May 2015. • ^ "Impromptu (1991)".


BBFC. Retrieved 5 December 2021. • ^ Chateau des Briottieres, accessed 25 December 2011 • ^ Kallberg, Jeffrey. "Nocturnal Thoughts on Impromptu", The Musical Quarterly Vol. 81, No. 2, Summer, 1997, Impromptu, Summer 1997. Retrieved from JSTOR on 20 October 2018. • ^ a b c Corbett, Patricia. "In 'Impromptu,' It's George Sand And Chopin Again" (abstract) New York Times, 7 January 1990, impromptu • ^ Impromptu, accessed 25 December 2011 • ^ "Impromptu (1991)".


Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 24 April 2018. • ^ Millar, Jeff. "`Impromptu' a rewarding look at sexes" Houston Chronicle, 3 May 1991 • ^ Ebert, Roger (3 May 1991). impromptu Movie Review & Film Summary (1991)". Chicago Sun-Times. Sun-Times Media Group. Retrieved 14 May 2015. • ^ Rafferty, Terrence. "The Film File Impromptu". New Yorker.

Retrieved 24 December 2011. • ^ Fox, David (30 March 1992). " 'Rose' and 'Idaho' Get the Spirit : Movies: Each takes three trophies in the offbeat independent counterpoint to tonight's Academy Awards". Impromptu Angeles Times. Tribune Publishing. Retrieved 14 May 2015.


• ^ "Impromptu - Awards". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide.


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Your Ticket Confirmation # is impromptu under the header in your email that reads "Your Ticket Reservation Details". Just below impromptu it reads "Ticket Confirmation#:" followed by a 10-digit number. This 10-digit number is your confirmation number. Your AMC Ticket Confirmation# can be found in your order confirmation email. Composer Frédéric Chopin (Hugh Grant) is living in France, and his health is slowly deteriorating.

Author Impromptu Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin (Judy Davis), who writes under the name George Sand, admires Chopin from afar and makes plans to meet the composer.

After being advised to stay away from Chopin, Sand shows up at a party he is attending and observes his fragile health.


While Chopin tries to resist Sand, he is intrigued by a love letter written by an unknown admirer. • All Critics (17) - Top Critics (9) - Fresh (13) - Rotten (4) Full Review… Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly Full Review… Nell Minow Movie Mom Full Review… Janet Maslin New York Times Full Review… Peter Travers Rolling Stone Full Review… Kathleen Maher Austin Impromptu Full Review… Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times Full Review… Matt Brunson Creative Loafing Full Review… Emanuel Impromptu EmanuelLevy.Com Full Review… Gregory Weinkauf New Times Full Review… Rich Cline Shadows on the Wall Full Review… Carol Cling Las Vegas Review-Journal Full Review… David Conner Apollo Guide George Sand courts Chopin amid 19th Century social conventions including duels and the oppression of women.

A lush costume drama with impromptu performances by Judy Davis and Mandy Patinkin, Impromptu has all the trappings of a Merchant/Ivory production. Its sly wit and subtle conflicts are always engaging, but what sets this film apart impromptu some of the - for lack of a better word - boredom of Impromptu work is the performance by Patinkin.

Riding into a woman's bedroom on a horse, drunkenly impromptu the officiant of a duel, and a garrulous braggart demeanor, Patinkin injects some energy to a film that desperately needs it. Davis's portrayal of George Sand is believable; no actress can capture Sand's masculine guise and still retain a strain of femininity like Davis. What bothers me about the film is how the story ends up reinforcing the gender conventions of the time.

George Sand pursues Chopin in a hybrid of a masculine assertiveness, but her eventual victory comes with subverting her desires to what's required of a typical female in the 19th Century.

Even the man, Chopin, rows the boat in impromptu final montage of coupledom bliss. Overall, I liked Impromptu for Patinkin and Davis, but George Sand, a revolutionary feminist figure, deserved a better fate. Suppose for a moment that the basis of all good art (or bad art for that matter . let's just say Art) was the hot flush of Love's Sweet Impromptu (or Lust for that matter).

So then in Europe, in the early 19th Century, a famous collection of artists pursue one another with insane passion, their emotions the fuel for the works we know them by.


Here's the impromptu plot for a different romcom, a period piece about the rock stars of their day and there's not much to it more than rock has provided us: gender confusion and the usual romcom comedy of errors. There's good ideas here only not completely drawn out. Just rewatched impromptu film, after not having scene it in years and I have to say it still holds up very well. I really enjoyable romp with a cast that is to die for. Interesting character studies of some of the artistic greats of the period as well as a look and the strange realtionship between the aristocracy and the artist of the time.

Not sure how historically accurate it is.but it is well written, excelently acted and very impromptu to watch.
Synonyms & Antonyms for impromptu Impromptu Adjective • ad hoc, impromptu ad-lib, • down and dirty, • extemporaneous, • extemporary, • extempore, • improvisational, • improvised, • off-the-cuff, • offhand, • offhanded, • snap, • spur-of-the-moment, • unconsidered, • unplanned, • unpremeditated, • unprepared, • unrehearsed, • unstudied Synonyms: Noun • ad-lib, • extemporization, • improv, • improvisation Antonyms: Adjective impromptu considered, • planned, • premeditated, • premeditative, • prepared, • rehearsed Visit the Thesaurus for More Impromptu you know?

If you think that impromptu looks like a relative of the adjective prompt, you're right; both are ultimately derived from the Latin promere, meaning "to bring forth, take out." Impromptu was impromptu from French, where it meant "extemporaneously," but French speakers picked it up from the Latin phrase in promptu, a promere descendant meaning "in readiness" or "at hand." Something that is impromptu is generally " prompted" (that English verb is from Impromptu promptus, of the same meaning) by an occasion that generates a response in the form of, for example, a party or a speech that has not been planned.

There is also another, much rarer descendant of promere in English: the noun promptuarymeaning "a book of ready reference." Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But now, after exhumation of hundreds of bodies, exhaustive documentation by war crimes investigators and impromptu information sharing among neighbors and others, families are finding their missing and the deceased are making their journeys home.

— Washington Post, 2 May 2022 An impromptu search crew put on headlamps and scoured the beach in the blackness that first impromptu.

— Stephen Rodrick, Rolling Stone, 1 May 2022 Florida Derby winner White Abarrio had an impromptu workout Saturday afternoon at Gulfstream Park after heavy rains left the track sloppy during the morning. — Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, 1 May 2022 As Pam walked down the aisle, other passengers turned on their call buttons and Julie Reynolds, one of the flight attendants on board, stood in as the impromptu maid of honor. — Sara Smart, CNN, 29 Apr. 2022 The problem is that most of our conversations are impromptu.

— Stacey Hanke, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 In an article for Interview Magazine, published Jan. 6, Fox dished about a grandiose date with the rapper, which included an impromptu restaurant photoshoot and a personal fashion show.

— Amy Haneline, USA TODAY, 15 Jan. 2022 Naturally, her birthday look was given the Bey treatment with an impromptu photoshoot that showcased her black dress and accessories from every angle.

— Alice Car, Vogue, 9 Sep. 2021 The streets of major Honduran cities erupted in impromptu celebrations. — Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Machine Gun Kelly also reportedly fronted an impromptu set outside an area hotel following the first-day cancellation. — Joey Nolfi,, 23 Mar. 2022 Instead of going to silly festival venues, the Young Tuxedo musicians set up their instruments on the sidewalk in front of the hotel and started an impromptu set with Union Station.

— Dr. Richard Kurin, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Mar. 2022 Attendees will be guided through basic impromptu speaking techniques and will practice in a group setting to gain confidence in public speaking. — Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Mar. 2022 In one video, the Ghostbusters star can be seen preparing for his impromptu set. — Nicholas Rice,, 20 Jan. 2022 Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said at an impromptu briefing the missiles were estimated to have flown roughly 300 kilometers, or about 186 miles, off North Korea’s eastern coast.

— NBC Impromptu, 17 Jan. 2022 The Sand Dollar Lounge, a nondescript impromptu bar in an office park, is famous for being a spot where musicians show up and perform impromptu. — Washington Post, 16 Dec. 2021 The choicest pieces of meat are nudged through the rice before the guest; one always eats with the right hand, shaping the rice and meat into an impromptu dumpling to be popped whole into one’s mouth.

— New York Times, 11 Nov. 2021 Machado, who has a $300 million, 10-year contract, did most of the talking during the impromptu, impromptu availability with the media after batting impromptu. — Bernie Wilson, ajc, 22 Sep.

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