In Search of Mozart
Directed by Phil Grabsky
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$12 / $10 Speed and Louisville Chamber Orchestra members
“Outstanding . . . a must-see film.” —Chicago Sun-Times
In Search of Mozartwas produced with the world’s leading orchestras and musicians and takes the form of a detective story revealing the heart of genius.
Without resorting to docu-drama or visual re-enactment, In Search of Mozarttraces the composer’s life through his music and extensive correspondence. From K1a to K626 (Requiem), over 80 works are featured in chronological order, revealing striking parallels between Mozart’s music and his own experiences. Throughout, it is the music that takes center stage, with the jigsaw of Mozart’s life fitting around it.
With rigorous analysis from musicologists and experts such as Jonathan Miller, Cliff Eisen, Nicholas Till, Bayan Nothcott, and the late Stanley Sadie, a new, vivid impression of the composer emerges. It dispels the many common myths about Mozart’s genius, health, relationships, death, and character to present a new image very different from Miloš Forman’s famed film Amadeus.
On its first release, the film played for six months and remains many people’s—including many classical musicians’—favorite film on Mozart.
Screened in conjunction with Mozart’s 264thbirthday on January 27. 2006, U.K., DCP, 134 minutes. Recommended for 12+.