Outstanding biopics about musicians

Adrien Brody plays polish concert pianist Wladyslaw Sziplman in The Pianist (2002, above), while Michael Douglas is virtuoso pianist Liberace in Behind The Candelabra (2013, left).
Adrien Brody plays polish concert pianist Wladyslaw Sziplman in The Pianist (2002, above), while Michael Douglas is virtuoso pianist Liberace in Behind The Candelabra (2013).PHOTOS: FOCUS FEATURES, SHAW ORGANISATION
Adrien Brody plays polish concert pianist Wladyslaw Sziplman in The Pianist (2002, above), while Michael Douglas is virtuoso pianist Liberace in Behind The Candelabra (2013, left).
Adrien Brody plays polish concert pianist Wladyslaw Sziplman in The Pianist (2002), while Michael Douglas is virtuoso pianist Liberace in Behind The Candelabra (2013, above).PHOTOS: FOCUS FEATURES, SHAW ORGANISATION

Rocketman might be that rare thing in cinemas - a musical - but at its heart, it is still a story about a musician's life. A biopic, in other words, and one that joins a legion of films about other musicians, across the genres of jazz, rock, country and classical.

The film has singer-songwriter Elton John's blessing and is, as such projects tend to be, an inspirational tale of a man beating down his demons.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 13, 2019, with the headline 'Outstanding biopics about musicians'. Print Edition | Subscribe