Netflix Reveals “Maestro,” A Leonard Bernstein Drama Starring Bradley Cooper and Carey Mulligan

August 16, 2023
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Netflix Reveals "Maestro," A Leonard Bernstein Drama Starring Bradley Cooper and Carey Mulligan
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Netflix, that titan of streaming, has done it again. They’ve unveiled a new cinematic gem, featuring Bradley Cooper in a role that’s bound to resonate in the hearts of many. This time, Cooper graces us not just in front of the camera, but behind it as well, bringing to life the tale of Leonard Bernstein, the genius behind “West Side Story.” As the trailer suggests, the drama “Maestro” doesn’t just focus on Bernstein’s professional highs and lows. It tenderly plumbs the depths of his 25-year marriage with Felicia Montealegre Cohn Bernstein, played by the brilliant Carey Mulligan.

Our introduction to the couple is whimsical, a charming game where Bernstein must guess a number chosen by his wife. While this scene captures their playful nature, it’s evident that their relationship, like the haunting melodies of a Bernstein composition, has its complexities. Through the trailer, viewers are taken on a journey that spans decades, from the pair’s youthful exuberance to the quiet contemplation of their later years.

What makes a relationship last?,” Bernstein, portrayed with nuance by Cooper, muses at one point in the trailer. His wife, Felicia, answers with a smile, “Oh, we need to build up a very strong connection.” Such moments, shimmering with genuine emotion, promise a narrative replete with poignant insights into love, artistry, and the inevitable challenges that life throws our way.

The impressive ensemble for “Maestro” doesn’t end with Cooper and Mulligan. Familiar faces such as Matt Bomer, Maya Hawke, and Sarah Silverman grace the screen, under the masterful eye of Cooper, who directed and co-wrote this passion project. And speaking of giants, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg stand tall as producers, lending their expertise to what seems destined to be a defining film of the year.


While “Maestro” traces the life of a composer known for iconic compositions like the score for “On the Waterfront,” it is not the first time Bradley Cooper has immersed himself into the world of music and film. Remember 2018? When Cooper’s directorial debut “A Star Is Born” took the world by storm? His stellar performance alongside Lady Gaga brought him Oscar nominations for best actor and adapted screenplay. And let’s not forget the film’s crowning jewel, “Shallow“, which won the award for the best original song.

Netflix Reveals "Maestro," A Leonard Bernstein Drama Starring Bradley Cooper and Carey Mulligan
© Photo: Netflix

Coming back to “Maestro,” the narrative promises not just a biopic of Bernstein but a deeper exploration of the intricacies of long-term relationships, challenges of fame, and the unyielding world of art and music. As the closing scene of the trailer suggests, with an older Bernstein and Felicia engaging in their cherished number game, the numbers may change, but some bonds remain timeless.

As for Netflix, their commitment to delivering such robust and compelling narratives only solidifies their position as a force to be reckoned with in the cinematic landscape. Their collaboration with talent like Bradley Cooper only underscores this commitment.

Maestro is set to premiere on Sept. 2 at the revered 2023 Venice International Film Festival. For those eagerly waiting for its release on Netflix, mark your calendars for Dec. 20. If the trailer is any indication, “Maestro” is set to be a symphony for the soul, an ode to life’s enduring passions. And in the words of Leonard Bernstein himself, “Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.” This film promises to do just that.

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