Amazon’s MOZART IN THE JUNGLE Trailer: Gael Garcia Bernal Spices Up the New York Symphony

     December 5, 2014

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Fletcher’s (JK Simmons) band and the New York Symphony are two very different things, but after Whiplash, I’m eager to see more orchestra performances on screen and that’s exactly what Amazon is delivering on December 23rd.  The new original series Mozart in the Jungle is based on Blair Tindal’s memoir and stars Gael Garcia Bernal as Rodrigo, the new conductor and musical director of the New York Symphony who’s committed to his art but very concerned about his image as well.

There’s definitely something appealing about getting a behind-the-scenes look at leading a symphony, but the new Mozart in the Jungle trailer does feel a bit disjointed courtesy of the abrupt shift from Rodrigo’s story to Lola Kirke’s character, Hailey, a young woman determined to build a career as a professional oboist.  It doesn’t play particularly well in the trailer, but pairing Rodrigo’s brash behavior with the sensitivity that Hailey seems to bring out could create a nice balance for the character.  We’ll find out if that’s the case when all 10 episodes of Mozart in the Jungle arrive on December 23rd.  In the meantime, check out the new trailer after the jump.

Via Amazon Studios.

Here’s the synopsis for Mozart in the Jungle:

Sex, drugs–and classical music–what happens behind the curtains at the symphony can be just as captivating as what happens on stage. Created by Paul Weitz (About A Boy), Roman Coppola (The Darjeeling Limited), Jason Schwartzman (Moonrise Kingdom) and Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher).

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