John Malkovich, the Special Guest of Debrecen

The twice-Oscar-nominated artist performed “The Music Critic” at The Kölcsey Center on Tuesday evening with his performance “The Orchestra”. The 66-year-old actor talked about his impressions of Debrecen, the “New Pope” series and his fashion design activities in the interview with DTV (see below).

Like everyone else, of course, he is critical, but he doesn’t think that a critic is generally evil. The piece is the notion of criticism and how to deal with criticism. Malkovich believes that many great talents have had to overcome great obstacles. He works with a lot of classical music, and he loves the concept of “The Music Critic” because of what it says. The piece could help people understand more about criticism and classical music.

John Malkovich, the main character of the HBO series The New Pope, has played in countless movies including “Death of a Salesman Biff Loman”, “Of Mice and Men” and “Dangerous Liaisons”.  The performance titled “The Music Critic” is a mix of a play and a concert. The greatest composers, world-renowned musicians, are criticized with humor, and by John Malkovich, the music critic.  Schumann imagines himself as a “composer” and Brahms as a “talentless bastard.” Meanwhile, Claude Debussy is just horrible to listen to, at least according to John Malkovich, the music critic. 

John Malkovich hides in the critical skin of evil to convince us that Beethoven, Chopin, Prokofiev, and their associates are both tired and unhappy. Aleksey Igudesman and other great musicians are eager to contradict this attack. In the closing scene, Malkovich is then put on the “torture bench”; with criticism of Malkovich himself.

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