Yes, he was a real figure, the great composer, working in the shadows of Hollywood as others got the credit and students went on to become JOHN WILLIAMS and JERRY GOLDSMITH and HENRY MANCINI.
Yeah. Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco really lived. He was a great concert guitarist, composing scores of classical pieces for the guitar. Then he fled Europe, settled in at MGM and scored 200 or so films. Almost never getting credit for them.
Xander Berkely plays him in “The Maestro,” a tale of a budding musician (Mackenzie Astin) who comes to study with him in the Beatnik ’50s.
“The Maestro” was slated to open in December, but is now opening Feb. 15.