In Search of Chopin
Directed by Phil Grabsky
$12 / $10 Speed members, University of Louisville students, Louisville Orchestra members, and Louisville Chamber Orchestra members
“A superb account providing an understanding of the creative impulse and how it is captured and expressed.”—The National Business Review
Frédéric Chopin’s grave in Paris remains a place of pilgrimage and his music continues to sell out concert halls worldwide, but the question still remains: who exactly was this man who was terrified of public performance, who fled his Polish homeland for Paris never to return, and, despite a life of ill health, composed some of the deepest and most powerful music ever written?
For four years, award-winning director Phil Grabsky travelled the globe in his quest to lay bare the life and music of Chopin. Some of the world’s best musicians provide the score, including Leif Ove Andsnes, Daniel Barenbolm, Ronald Brautigam, and the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century.
Funny, heartbreaking, and inspirational—this film has been called the first to illustrate the true nature of this remarkable and still widely-loved composer.
CINEMA+ With a post-screening discussion headed by Dr. Christopher Brody, Assistant Professor of Music Theory at the School of Music, University of Louisville.
Screened in connection with Chopin’s 210th birthday on March 1. 2014, U.K., DCP, 115 minutes. Recommended for 12+.