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Mozart in the Jungle 

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Love, money, ambition and music intertwine in Mozart in the Jungle, a half hour comedic drama that looks at finding yourself and finding love while conquering New York City. A brash new maestro Rodrigo stirs up the New York Symphony as young oboist Hailey hopes for her big chance.
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Series cast summary:
Lola Kirke ...  Hailey Rutledge 40 episodes, 2014-2018
Gael García Bernal ...  Rodrigo De Souza 40 episodes, 2014-2018
Saffron Burrows ...  Cynthia Taylor 36 episodes, 2014-2018
Bernadette Peters ...  Gloria Windsor 35 episodes, 2014-2018
Malcolm McDowell ...  Thomas Pembridge 34 episodes, 2014-2018
Mark Blum ...  Union Bob 30 episodes, 2014-2018
John Miller ...  Dee Dee 29 episodes, 2014-2018
Hannah Dunne ...  Lizzie Campbell 27 episodes, 2014-2018
Joel Bernstein ...  Warren Boyd 27 episodes, 2014-2018
Debra Monk ...  Betty Cragdale 21 episodes, 2014-2018
Sandro Isaack ...  Pavel 21 episodes, 2014-2018
Adam David Thompson ...  Craig G 18 episodes, 2014-2016
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Love, money, ambition and music intertwine in Mozart in the Jungle, a half hour comedic drama that looks at finding yourself and finding love while conquering New York City. A brash new maestro Rodrigo stirs up the New York Symphony as young oboist Hailey hopes for her big chance.

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Sex, drugs, and classical music. (Season 1) See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

6 February 2014 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Dolby Digital

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16:9 HD
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The Amazon Original series is based on the 2005 memoir Mozart in the Jungle, Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music, written by freelance oboist Blair Tindall. The memoir followed her experience in New York as a musician from 1980-1990. Tindall thinly veiled names of real persons involved, and reportedly burned many bridges in her tell-all book. See more »


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Pitch perfect
16 January 2015 | by johnklemSee all my reviews

This review is based on the first six episodes of the first season. I like this series so much that it's hard to see it objectively. I like it so much that I'm not bingeing but rather rationing myself to a meagre 25 or so minutes each day. So, what makes it quite so enjoyable? Firstly, it's genuinely good - a perfect cast delivering tonally perfect performances with a script that delivers reality plus a few extra percentage points. Occasionally, it's laugh out loud funny but mostly it's genuinely affecting. This is no guilty pleasure in which you know you're being manipulated but you're going along for the (very fun) ride. This always feels real, grounded. There are a few stereotypes amongst the smaller roles but the big ones, the roles that anchor this series, are well written and perfectly cast. Lola Kirke is a wonderful lightning rod, if gaining weight by the episode; Saffron Burrows is fine, if somewhat less interesting than in her pre plastic surgery roles; Bernadette Peters is terrific; Malcolm McDowell is the perfect exiting Maestro. And then there's Gael Garcia Bernal. As an outsider, I have no idea how much of his character was on the page and how much was his own invention but the results are spectacular. He makes this series. His portrayal of Rodrigo, the infant terrible of the conducting world, is nothing short of brilliant and creates, most appropriately, the bright star around which everything revolves. Mozart in the Jungle is not highbrow entertainment. It doesn't challenge or confront. It works its magic more subtly, and sometimes more effectively. It's a feel good show in the best possible way. Real, not fake. It likes its characters, for all their flaws. You could do worse.

ADDENDUM I've now watched the final four episodes, during which I mentally knocked off a point (episode 8) and put it back on for episode 10. Episode 8 is by far the weakest. It's not that it's bad, it's just that its sensibilities suddenly resembled humdrum American TV and thus became deeply unnerving. It's as though the writers had forgotten, or worse had never understood what made this series so wonderful. Episode 8 was an attempt to broaden the humor at the expense of the humanity. As though someone had pointed out that this was meant to be a comedy. For the record, episode 7 had been a delight and 9, if not special in its own right, at least an improvement on 8. And then there were, or rather was, 10. The finale. The performance towards which everything had led. It's a masterpiece. The perfect summation of and climax to everything that's come before. It's heartstoppingly brave, rolling the emotional dice again and again. It left me breathless, quite literally. Compromises? Not really but we must prepare for a second series and so are denied absolute closure. That final episode was so close to perfection that I hesitate to anticipate a second series. But of course I will. I do. With trepidation.


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