“If summer doesn’t sing in you, then nothing sings in you. And if nothing sings in you, then you can’t make music. Something she told me,” Leonard Bernstein says of his wife Felicia Montealegre in the first official trailer for Bradley Cooper’s upcoming biopic Maestro.
“Maestro is a towering and fearless love story chronicling the lifelong relationship between Leonard Bernstein and Felicia Montealegre Cohn Bernstein,” Netflix says. “ A love letter to life and art, Maestro at its core is an emotionally epic portrayal of family and love.”
Bernstein is one of the most legendary conductors and composers of all time, and is considered to be the first American conductor to receive worldwide acclaim. In his career, he won seven Emmys, two Tonys, and 16 Grammy Awards. He’s known for works including the musical West Side Story, several symphonies, the original score for the film On the Waterfront, and works like On the Town, Candide, and Mass.
The movie switches between being in color when Bernstein and his wife are older, to black and white when he is younger. And while it focuses on the love story between Bernstein and Montealegre, it doesn’t shy away from showing the musical legend’s bisexuality.
Throughout his life, Bernstein had relationships with both women and men, and his wife knew about his sexuality. In this trailer, it seems that his relationships with men caused some strife in his marriage.
Maestro comes from director Bradley Cooper, who also co-wrote the script with Josh Singer. Cooper stars as Leonard Bernstein alongside Carey Mulligan as Felicia Monealegre, Matt Bomer as David Oppenheim, Maya Hwke, Sarah Silverman, Michael Urie, and Gideon Glick.
It will see a limited theatrical release on November 22, before streaming on Netflix on December 20. Check out the trailer below.