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Tony Palmer’s Classic Film -The Strange Case of Delfina Potocka. The Mystery of Chopin

 
Tony Palmer’s Classic Film -The Strange Case of Delfina Potocka. The Mystery of Chopin-Biography Movie
ID: TPDVD160 (EAN: 604388735204)  | 1 DVD
LABEL:
Tony Palmer
Subcollection:
Biography Movie
Composers:
CHOPIN, Frédéric François
Interprets:
BIRD, John | DOBTCHEFF, Vernon | FORTUNE, John | GOUGH, Michael | IGOSHINA, Valentina (piano) | QUINN, Patricia | REDGRAVE, Corin | RHYS, Paul | RIGBY, Terence | SHRAPNEL, John | WILTON, Penelope | WOODTHORPE, Peter
Other info:

Format: DVD, NTSC
Color mode: Colour and Black and White
Language: English, German Voice Over
Subtitles: German, Spanish, English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
Screen (Picture) Format: 16:9
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Video: Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: United States Dist
DVD Release Date: May 4, 2010
Run Time: 109 minutes

Performance Credits
Paul Rhys (Films)(Biography) -Chopin
Penelope Wilton (Films)(Biography) - Delfina/Paulina
John Shrapnel (Films) - Iwaszkiewic
Corin Redgrave (Films)(Biography) - Actor
Terence Rigby - Sydow
Patricia Quinn - George Sand
John Fortune -Actor
John Bird - Actor
Peter Woodthorpe - Actor
Michael Gough -Actor
Vernon Dobtcheff - Actor

Technical Credits
Tony Palmer - Director, Editor
Michela Antonello - Producer Writers
Rob Ayling - Executive Producer
Clive Barda -Cinematographer
David Forrest - Executive Producer

Reissue of director Tony Palmer’s 1999 feature film.
In 1945, the new Polish Government asked for the heart of Chopin previously buried in Paris. A woman called Paulina Czernika approached the Polish Government claiming to have some love letters from the composer to her greatgrandmother, the Countess Delfina Potocka. Eventually alarmed, the Ministry began a witch-hunt against Madame Czernika - Delfina Potocka was the only woman to whom Chopin had dedicated any music - these letters were said to be pornographic, anti-Semitic and thoroughly damaging to the image of the composer as a Polish hero. Czernika ‘committed suicide’ on 17th October 1949, 100 years to the day after the death of Chopin - or was she murdered, and if so, why? Were the letters in fact forgeries? And what was the truth about Delfina Potocka?
Tony Palmer’s dramatised film tells the story of Czernika Potocka, probing a veritable mystery in a series of parallel scenes from 1945 and 1845. New light is shed on Chopin himself, not least in the interpretation of the music brought to life miraculously by the beautiful young Russian pianist, Valentina Igoshina.
Program
 
Scene Index 
Mystery of Chopin: Strange Case of Delphina Potocka 
1. Introduction - Poland 19452:07 
2. "One of the Monuments of Our National Culture"3:35 
3. Letters to Countess Delfina Potocka4:00 
4. Chopin & Delfina2:26 
5. "A Gross Slander on Chopin and... on Poland"6:01 
6. Chopin's Childhood3:43 
7. The Real Chopin?6:58 
8. Letter to the Ministry of Interior2:48 
9. In the Countryside8:10 
10. Little Emilia3:14 
11. The Failed Uprising, 18306:40 
12. Czernicka's Broadcast and Chopin's Paris11:08 
13. Chopin and George Sand - a Peculiar Affair2:56 
14. Paulina Czernicka Arrested1:37 
15. The Trial Commences11:20 
16. Madame Sand and Majorca7:04 
17. Scotland - "A Donkey at a Masked Ball"8:59 
18. The Judgement2:08 
19. Delfina's Lament5:15 
20. "Like Madame Czernicka... We All Play a Price"3:18 
21. A Graveside Farewell3:06 
22. End Credits2:07 

Review:
 

In this unusual period drama from 1999, classical music expert and filmmaker Tony Palmer delves into the final years of Polish-born Romantic composer Frédéric François Chopin to unearth a compelling and tragic love story that developed between Chopin and Delfina Potocka, a Polish countess who served as the great musician's muse. Chopin and Potocka's voluminous exchanged correspondence radiated passion, but Palmer argues that their relationship created sad ripple effects years into the future, including the mysterious death (and possible suicide) of Potocka's granddaughter, Paulina Czerina. She apparently knew of Chopin's almost obsessive interest in her grandmother from her own possession of the letters, and found this knowledge too difficult to bear. In lieu of merely quoting or excerpting the letters, Palmer works the events referenced in them into individual scenes and uses those scenes to draw events from the last few years of Chopin's life.
˜ Nathan Southern, Rovi All Movie Guide


 

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