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Maestro (2004)

An adventure begins for young Tim Healy on one long, boring night at the bowling alley. A chance encounter with a mythical piece of music inspires a life-long obsession that will lead him ... See full summary »

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Tim Healy
Stan Grunder ...
Young Tim Healy
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Alexa
Richard Meyer ...
Felix Pendergrass
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Dick Barron ...
Conductor
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Conductor
Tony Ezzillo ...
Mr. Bertolo
Ryan Gentz ...
Stanislav Rubinski
Dan Gorgone ...
Conductor
Tim Guetterman ...
Philip
Norm Hassinger ...
Bowling Alley Walker
Randy Judkins ...
Search Committee Member #1
Christopher Mace ...
Conductor
Barney Martin ...
Search Committee Member #2
Doug Papa ...
Sedgewig von Briglayer
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An adventure begins for young Tim Healy on one long, boring night at the bowling alley. A chance encounter with a mythical piece of music inspires a life-long obsession that will lead him either to madness and ruin, or to fame beyond his grandest dreams. Maestro is the story of a bowling alley attendant who dreams of being a conductor, and of a piece of music that has destroyed every conductor who ever attempted it. Written by Doug Stradley

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12 March 2004 (USA)  »

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$35,000 (estimated)
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Cute & nicely shot but too l-o-n-g for a short film.
21 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

This cute short film starts off really strong with a fun little montage that quickly brings us up to date on the story: a mysterious composition, AIR, written by a composer who promptly hung himself upon its completion, has frustrated composers down through the years -- not to mention destroying them much like SPINAL TAP destroys drummers -- finds its way on to a bowling alley jukebox and insinuates its self into the head of the lead character when he is a boy. He becomes obsessed with it and begins his pursuit of becoming a conductor.

But once this montage is over and we jump to the present day, things s-l-o-w down and a lot of the fun of film is dragged down with the pacing. The story moves too slowly toward a nice but sappy ending. Why do filmmakers nearly always think longer is better? Short films should be _short_; get in as quickly as you can, make your point and get out while the getting is good! That's why they're called _shorts_. Had this film been edited down to under 20 minutes it would have been much more enjoyable. A much snappier editing pace would have glossed over the simplistic story and spotty acting and highlighted the good qualities that are definitely there.

The camera work is nice, the sets are beautiful and colorful -- if a bit too obviously set-like -- and Seth Meyers as the protagonist is engaging ... but not quite up to the task of really bringing us inside the character; he's more of a sketch comic than a true empathetic actor. And the music used to represent AIR was a very funky choice. A repeated refrain from a U2 song? I love U2 but using something so modern and well known does a disservice to this story about a supposedly rare, complicated and overwhelming classical composition.

Still, a cute idea with some moments of nice execution. The filmmaker's next film is worth looking out for.


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