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Tony Palmer's Film of Fairport Convention And Matthews Southern Comfort

Tony Palmer's Film  of Fairport Convention And Matthews Southern Comfort
ID: TPDVD105
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Collection: Documentary
Subcollection: Rock, Pop

Format: AC-3, Color, DVD, Import, NTSC
Language: English (PCM)
Subtitles: French, English, Italian
Region: All Regions
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Neptune Music
DVD Release Date: February 19, 2008
Run Time: 31 minutes


This is my description text 1. It can support html.By 1970 Fairport Convention had been together as a band for some three years. During this period, the band had recorded and released five studio albums, with one of the albums, Liege and Lief, being hailed as genre defining. At the time of the filming of this performance, the band had just recorded their most recent album Full House, with the line-up featuring founder members Richard Thompson and Simon Nicol, alongside Dave Pegg, Dave Swarbrick and drummer Dave Mattacks. This line-up was - and still is - considered one of the key line-ups of Fairport Convention, although the band only managed one studio and (released much later) one live album.

Apart from the footage contained on this DVD, the Full House line-up was unfortunately never filmed commercially until reunions at the band's regular Cropredy Festival years later. The film, directed by renowned British film director Tony Palmer, captures the band at the Maidstone Fiesta during the summer of 1970 as they run through their set of the time. This included various jigs and reels, and the songs Sir Patrick Spens and Now Be Thankful. Now Be Thankful, incidentally, although originally recorded for the band's album Full House, was even released at the time as a single. The film also features two songs from Matthews Southern Comfort, the band led by former Fairport Convention member, Ian Matthews. As well as having the Fairport connection, Matthews Southern Comfort would also go on to have a massive hit single with a cover of the Joni Mitchell song Woodstock in late 1970.

The film has only recently been rediscovered and the restoration overseen by Tony Palmer. The DVD also includes bonus footage of an exclusive interview filmed in spring 2007 with director Tony Palmer where he explains how he first met Fairport Convention and his thoughts on the band and the film over thirty five years later.

Tracks: Various Jigs and Reels - Fairport Convention, Sir Patrick Spens - Fairport Convention, Now Be Thankful - Fairport Convention, My Front Pages - Matthews Southern Comfort, Southern Comfort - Matthews Southe

Performance Credits
Fairport Convention - (Films)(Music) Actor
Gerry Conway -(Films) Drums [Matthews Southern Comfort]
Gordon Huntley - Pedal Steel Guitar [Matthews Southern Comfort]
Dave Mattacks - Drums [Fairport Convention], Percussion [Fairport Convention]
Iain Matthews - Guitar [Matthews Southern Comfort], Vocals [Matthews Southern Comfort]
Simon Nicol - Electric Dulcimer [Fairport Convention], Guitar [Fairport Convention], Vocals [Fairport Convention]
John Peel - Actor
Dave Pegg - Bass Guitar [Fairport Convention], Mandolin [Fairport Convention], Vocals [Fairport Convention]
Dave Swarbrick - Fiddle [Fairport Convention], Mandolin [Fairport Convention], Vocals [Fairport Convention]
Richard Thompson - Guitar [Fairport Convention], Vocals [Fairport Convention]

Technical Credits
Tony Palmer Director, Editor
Rob Ayling Executive Producer
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Tony Palmer's Film of In from the cold. Portrait of Richard Burton

Tony Palmer's Film of In from the cold. Portrait of Richard Burton
ID: TPDVD122
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Collection: Documentary
Subcollection: Biography Movie

Few great actors have been so unfairly represented in the public image. Drunk, a wastrel, uncontrollable, unprofessional, besotted with glamour and wealth - just a few epithets dumped on Richard Burton. This documentary, made at Richard Burton's widow’s request, is a small celebration of an extraordinary man whose public image may have been seen as much different.
Tony Palmer’s 121 minute portrait of actor Richard Burton, featuring Sally Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Kate Burton, Philip Burton, Lauren Bacall, Joe Mankiewicz, Mike Nichols, Robert Hardy, Sir John Gielgud, Claire Bloom, Emlyn Williams and John Neville.

Directors: Tony Palmer
Format: Color, DVD, Widescreen, NTSC
Language: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
Screen (Picture) Format: 16:9
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Tony Palmer Films
Run Time: 115 minutes

Performance Credits:

Sally Burton (Films)
Elizabeth Taylor (Films)
Kate Burton (Films)
Philip Burton (Films)
Lauren Bacall
Joe Mankiewicz
Mike Nichols
Robert Hardy
John Gielgud
Claire Bloom
Emilyn Williams
Brook Williams
John Neville
William Squire
Cecilia James
Hilda Owen
Verdun Jenkins
David Arthur Jenkins
Marian Mastroianni
Rhianon Trowell
Nevill Coghill
Melvyn Bragg

Technical Credits:
Tony Palmer Director, Editor
Rob Ayling Executive Producer
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Tony Palmer's Film: Testimony; The Story of Dmitri Shostakovich

Tony Palmer's Film: Testimony; The Story of Dmitri Shostakovich
ID: TPDVD145
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Collection: Documentary
Subcollection: Biography Movie

Format: Classical, Color, DVD, NTSC
Language: English (Stereo)
Region: All Regions
Screen (Picture) Format: 16:9
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Tony Palmer Films
DVD Release Date: September 15, 2009
Run Time: 151 minutes


Tony Palmer's remarkable film portrait of composer Dmitri Shostakovich, stars Ben Kingsley in the title role. Music is performed by The London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Rudolf Barshai.

“Testimony is one of those comparatively rare events nowadays - a real piece of cinema. Palmer’s prowess as an editor, his knack of juxtaposing image and music - something which has remained his forte since he first caused a stir back in the Sixties with Buddhist monks burning to The Beatles - has a field day in Testimony. Most importantly for a movie about a composer, there is always the feeling that Palmer understands the music. For a start he puts to rest the hoary old cliché that the private Shostakovich is only to be found in his chamber music - try listening to the Seventh, Eighth, Ninth and Fourteenth symphonies - but he also brings vividly alive musical details (like the composer’s use of unison scoring) in colour sequences showing the orchestra, as in the climax of the Fifth….. A truly remarkable film.” Derek Elley ‘Films & Filming’


Performance Credits
Ben Kingsley - (Films)(Biography) - Dmitri Shostakovich
Sherry Baines - (Films) - Nina Shostakovich
Magdalen Asquith - (Films) - Galya
Mark Asquith - (Films) - Maxim Shostakovich
Terence Rigby - Stalin
Ronald Pickup - Marshall Tukhachevsky
John Shrapnel - Zhdanov
Robert Reynolds - Brutus
Chris Barrie - Carnival Thin Man
Ed Bishop - American Commentator
Christopher Bramwell - Vanya
Andrew Brittain - Malko
Frank Carson - Carnival Fat Man
Curly Carter - Cross-eyed Man
Rosemary Chamney - Concierge
Jane Cox - Widow
Chris D'Bray - Dorian Gray
Vernon Dobtcheff - Gargolovsky
Val Elliot - French Schoolmarm
Peter Faulkner - Mayakovsky
Margaret Fingergut - Christian Woman
Nicholas Fry - Maxim at Age 37
Liza Goddard - English humanist
Igor Gridneff - Blind Man
Joyce Grundy - Stalin's Mother
Colin Hurst - Stalin's Secretary
Panda Jazz - Green
Rodney Litchfield - Sherlock Holmes
Van Martin - German Humanist
Bronco McLoughlin - Cossack
Murray Melvin - Film Editor
Mitzi Mueller - Nun
Rowena Parr - Galya at Age 39
Marita Phillips - Mme. Lupinskaya
Dorota Rae - Akmatova
David Sharpe - Mandelstam
Tracy Spence - Tsvetayeva
William Squire - Khatchaturyan
Julian Stanley - Andre Gide
Robert Stephens - Vsevolod Meyerhold
Mark Thrippleton - Young Stalin
Robert Urquhart - Journalist
Brook Williams - H.G. Wells
Peter Woodthorpe - Alexander Glazunov
Rudolf Barshai - Conductor

Technical Credits
Tony Palmer - Director, Editor, Producer, Screenwriter
John Hibbs - Costumes/Costume Designer
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Tony Palmer's Film About Andre Previn - The Kindness of Strangers

Tony Palmer's Film About Andre Previn - The Kindness of Strangers
ID: TPDVD153
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Subcollection: Biography Movie

Format: Classical, Color, DVD, NTSC
Language: English
Opera excerpts sung in English and German; dialog in English and German with English subtitles.
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
Screen (Picture) Format: 16:9
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Tony Palmer Films
DVD Release Date: September 15, 2009
Run Time: 118 minutes


Conductor-composer-pianist Andre Previn has been a noteworthy presence in the music world for five decades. This fine documentary, directed by Tony Palmer, tells Previn's remarkable story. Chronicling his rise from a dispossessed Berlin refugee to an Academy Award-winning composer of film scores (Gigi, Porgy And Bess) and conductor of two world-renowned orchestras, The Kindness Of Strangers, is a fascinating musical portrait.

“André Previn at 80! It scarcely seems credible. This is the man who won 4 Oscars almost 50 years ago, and still maintains a full conducting, playing and composing schedule, each discipline of which would exhaust a man half his age. And he really is a phenomenal pianist, a conductor of profound insights, and a composer of considerable tonal originality. I once asked him how many songs he had written. After much hesitation, he told me he couldn’t really remember. And that was not modesty; he just had no idea. In fact, there are hundreds, in a sense culminating in his much underestimated opera, A Streetcar Named Desire, which is how we met.

This film was made during the preparations, rehearsals and first performances of that opera in San Francisco. Two anecdotes illustrate for me the extraordinary musician I had the honour to work with. I knew of course that he was a jazz pianist whom even Oscar Peterson held in awe, so I was determined to film him playing jazz. He refused. “I really haven’t played jazz in public for years”, he told me. Then by chance I discovered that he had been invited to play at bass player Ray Brown’s 70th birthday celebrations at the Blue Note Club in New York. I pleaded with Previn to allow me to film this. He refused. So, of course, I hid away in the Blue Note Club and, thanks to the wonders of digital cameras, no extra lights were required, so I was more-or-less invisible. After the first of the two shows, I went backstage to say hello. As always, he greeted me with the utmost courtesy and said: “not bad, eh, for an out-of-practice old timer?” (His playing and improvisation had of course been breathtaking). “Pity you didn’t film it….”

Well, um……. He laughed and said: “hope you got it in focus.”

So, on the occasion of Previn’s 80th birthday, here is the newly re-mastered original film by way of a small tribute. It was, and is, a privilege to know him and to acknowledge his greatness as a musician and his very special qualities as man.”
Tony Palmer


Performance Credits
Renée Fleming, soprano - (Films)(Interview)(Music)
Rodney Gilfry, baritone - (Films)
Anthony Dean Griffey, tenor - (Films)(Music)
Elizabeth Futral, soprano - (Films)

San Francisco Opera Orchestra
Kiri Te Kanawa, soprano
The Emerson Quartet
David Finck, bass
Ray Trio Brown
NHK Symphony Orchestra
The WDR Symphony Orchestra

Technical Credits
Tony Palmer - Director, Editor
Michela Antonello - Producer
Mike Bluett - Producer

More details: Performer(s):
Dialog: André Previn, Natalie Cole, Tennessee Williams (archival interviews), cast and crew of the opera A streetcar named desire: Renée Fleming (Blanche Du Bois); Rodney Gilfry (Stanley Kowalski); Lotfi Mansouri (San Francisco Opera, general director), Philip Littell (librettist); Colin Graham (director); Michael Yeargan (designer); Sean Cullen (technical assistant); Deborah Sussell (dialect coach); Larry Klein (assistant technical director); Gennifer Green (costume supervisor); sung: Kiri Te Kanawa (Marietta); Renée Fleming (Blanche Du Bois); Rodney Gilfry (Stanley Kowalski); performed: André Previn (piano); David Finck (bass); the Emerson Quartet; the Ray Brown Trio; NHK Symphony Orchestra, WDR Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, André Previn, conductor.
David Finck played Gershwin Variations ; Kiri Te Kanawa sang Marietta's aria from Die Tote Stadt by Erich Korngold with the NHK Symphony Orchestra ; Ray Brown and Grady Tate played from the Blue Note Club ; the WDR Symphony Orchestra played from The Mother Goose Suite by Maurice Ravel ; the Emerson Quartet played from Piano Quintet op. 34 by Johannes Brahms ; A Streetcar Named Desire directed by Colin Graham ; cast: Renee Fleming, Elizabeth Futral, Rodney Gilfry, Anthony Dean Griffey; comissioned by San Francisco Opera ; general director, Lotfi Mansouri.
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Tony Palmer’s Film of The Space Movie music by Mike Oldfield - 10th anniversary of moon landing

Tony Palmer’s Film of The Space Movie music by Mike Oldfield - 10th anniversary of moon landing
ID: VPDVD30
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Collection: Documentary
Subcollection: Education

Directors: Tony Palmer

Format: Color, DVD, Import, NTSC
Region: 0, All Regions
Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
Subtitles: Italian
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Screen (Picture) Format: 16:9
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Voiceprint UK
DVD Release Date: July 10, 2007

"This film was made in 1979 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the moon landing. NASA and The United States National Archive released all of this footage for the very first time including unseen film of the lunar landscape, life on the spacecraft, Mars, Venus and beyond. Included are the conversations between the astronauts and ground control in Houston. The films soundtrack was written, arranged and performed by Mike Oldfield. He used extracts from his ground-breaking symphonic tone-poems such as Tubular Bells and Hergest Ridge and wound these in and out of the NASA soundtracks together with new music. The result is a unique soundtrack for a unique film."

Courageous explorers and pioneers walk in our midst and we take them for granted. This thought occurred in the light of the January 2011 shooting of US congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Her husband Mark E. Kelly was described as "an astronaut".

There was a time in the living memory of many when that job simply didn't exist. Then it became a glamour profession and we knew the names of those who went into space . . . and, soon enough, simply took them for granted.

Men and women floated around in space -- they are right now -- and never even made the nightly news.

Sometimes they would appear in films as heroic but human figures (Apollo 11) and in others as the grumpy neighbourhood guy (Jack Nicholson's character in Terms of Endearment). The explorers of space, the pioneers who stepped into a world beyond our own, became normalised.

Of course they were always human, but in the Sixties -- especially with the Apollo 11 mission which put a man on the moon -- they were heroes.

Just before the 10th anniversary of the moon landing in '79, Nasa approached British doco maker Tony Palmer to make a film about that historic mission. One of the Nasa guys had seen Palmer's music series All You Need is Love and thought they could make a sort of space/moon doco with rock music.

When Palmer met with Nasa -- the recent interview footage here is the bonus, the affable Palmer with a bottle of Jacob's Creek red wine at his side -- he asked how much footage they had of the mission.

"About 40 miles" was the reply.

From this Palmer made his film which, at the time, was breathtaking for its previously unseen footage and the innovative use of music by Mike Oldfield, the last musician to appear in All You Need is Love and hot at the time as Palmer concedes.

Viewed today when we have seen more footage, watched a space shuttle explode, seen dozens of films set in the final frontier and CGI-ed into thrilling reality, and had the pioneers and explorers reduced to caricature or the partner of a congresswoman, The Space Movie doesn't have quite the same frisson.

The footage of Kennedy announcing the goal of putting a man (American) on the moon, the explosive early failures, the "space race", the dialogue between the USA and USSR, and finally the Apollo 11 mission is still interesting of course. As is the footage of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin clowning around on the lunar surface, and the joking between them and Houston space centre.

But the transfer to DVD isn't sharp and the use of Oldfield's music (new pieces but some from Tubular Bells and Hergest Ridge) is variable: sometimes it captures the excitement or reflective images, at other times it seems at odds and intrusive.
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Tony Palmer's Film About Hector Berlioz: I, Berlioz ...

Tony Palmer's Film About Hector Berlioz: I, Berlioz ...
ID: TPDVD116
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Collection: Documentary
Subcollection: Biography Movie

Documentary from acclaimed filmmaker Tony Palmer on the life of legendary composer Hector Berlioz. This film is based on the Letters & Memoirs of Hector Berlioz.

Directors: Tony Palmer
Format: Color, DVD, NTSC
Language: English
Region: All Regions
Screen (Picture) Format: 16:9
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Tony Palmer Films
Run Time: 88 minutes

Technical Credits
Tony Palmer Director, Editor
Mike Bluett Producer
Nick Knowland Cinematographer
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Tony Palmer's Film of Tangerine Dream: Live at Conventry Cathedral 1975

Tony Palmer's Film of Tangerine Dream: Live at Conventry Cathedral 1975
ID: RESPECTDVD3
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Collection: Electronic

Format: Color, DVD, Import, NTSC
Language: English
Region: All Regions
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Respect Records UK
DVD Release Date: March 20, 2007


Actors: Peter Baumann, Tangerine Dream, Christopher Franke, Edgar Froses
Directors: Tony Palmer

Tangerine Dream were invited to play in the grand setting of Rheims Cathedral, a move certainly seen at the time as groundbreaking. Because of this, they were then invited to perform in the cathedrals of York, Liverpool and Coventry. The tour attracted unprecedented coverage in the media, especially at Coventry Cathedral, an iconic building rising like a Phoenix on the ruins of the old cathedral bombed to bits by the Germans in 1940 (Tangerine Dream is, after all, a German band) as a celebration of peace and reconciliation, as well as a lasting showcase for great contemporary art. The nave is dominated by a gigantic tapestry by Graham Sutherland, the main door dwarfed by a scuplture of St Michael & The Devil by Jacob Epstein, and the consecration in 1962 heard the first performance of Britten's incomparable 'War Requiem. To their lasting credit, Tangerine Dream contributed to this celebration.
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Tony Palmer's Film of At the Haunted End of the Day - William Walton

Tony Palmer's Film of At the Haunted End of the Day - William Walton
ID: TPDVD113
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Subcollection: Biography Movie

This award-winning 1981 film is a revealing and moving portrait of the great composer. Supported by archive material, extracts from many of his works, and interviews with Lady Susana Walton, Laurence Olivier, and Sacheverell Sitwell, Walton reflects on his own journey from Oldham in Lanchashire to his island home on Ischia in Italy where he died in 1983. Yehudi Menuhin, Julian Bream, Iona Brown, Ralph Kirschbaum, Yvonne Kenny, John shirley-Quirt, and Carmen de Sautoy appear with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Simon Rattle, Grimethorpe Colliery Band conducted by Elgar Howart, Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford conducted by Simon Preston, the Goldsmith Choral Union & Highgate Choral Society, and Los Paraguayos.

Note:
A video profile of Sir William Walton, one of Britain`s most beloved composers. Contains over 20 pieces of music including Belshazzar`s Feast, the coronation music for King George VI entitled Crown Imperial, and the music he composed for Olivier`s roles of Hamlet, Richard III, and Henry V.

Performance Credits
Julian Bream -(Films)
Iona Brown -
Christ Church Cathedral Choir
Carmen De Sautoy
The Goldsmith Choral Union
Grimethorpe Colliery Band
Highgate Choral Society
Yvonne Kenny
Ralph Kirshbaum
Yehudi Menuhin
Philharmonia Orchestra
Sitwell Sacheverell
John Shirley-Quirk
William Walton - Interviewee
Susana Walton
Elgar Howarth - Conductor
Simon Preston -Conductor
Simon Rattle - Conductor

Technical Credits
Tony Palmer Director, Editor
Rob Ayling Executive Producer
Paul Carr Sound Mixer
Bill Rowe Sound Mixer


Format: Color, Digitally Re-Mastered, Widescreen, NTSC
Language: English, Soundtrack English
Subtitles: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish
Region: NTSC, All Regions
Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
Format : DVD
Studio: Tony Palmer Films
DVD Release Date: November 18, 2008
Run Time: 99 minutes
Rating: NR
10.00 eur Buy

Tony Palmer’s Film About - Hero - The Story of Bobby Moore

Tony Palmer’s Film About - Hero - The Story of Bobby Moore
ID: TPDVD163
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Collection: Documentary

Directors: Tony Palmer
Format: Color, DVD, Widescreen, NTSC
Language: English (Stereo)
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
Screen (Picture) Format: 16:9
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Tony Palmer Films
DVD Release Date: September 7, 2010
Run Time: 115 minutes

Technical Credits
Tony Palmer - Director, Editor
Rob Ayling - Executive Producer
David Frost - Producer
June MacFarlane - Associate Producer
Freddie Madden - Producer

This two-hour DVD from director Tony Palmer celebrates the extraordinary life of Bobby Moore. Described by veteran sports journalist, the late Ian Wooldridge, as “the best sports documentary I have ever seen”, the film stars all the 1966 World Cup heroes, plus contributions from Michael Caine, Pele, Harry Redknapp, David Beckham, George Best, Jimmy Greaves and members of Moore’s family.
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Tony Palmer’s Film of Hail Bop! - A Portrait of John Adams

Tony Palmer’s Film of Hail Bop! - A Portrait of John Adams
ID: TPDVD158
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Subcollection: Opera

Directors: Tony Palmer
Format: Color, DVD, Widescreen, NTSC
Language: English
Subtitles: English, Dutch, Spanish, French, Italian
Region: 0, All Regions
Screen (Picture) Format: 16:9
Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Voiceprint Records
DVD Release Date: February 9, 2010
Run Time: 98 minutes

He is the most performed composer of his generation. His operas "Nixon in China" and "The Death of the Klinghoffer" have been international hits. This is an intimate portrait of a great composer at work in his High Sierra log cabin and features rehearsals with soloists Emanuel Ax and Michael Collins.

This is an intimate portrait filmed over 12 months, of a great composer at work in his High Sierra log cabin and in rehearsal with soloists Emanuel Ax and Michael Collins.
The dramatic landscapes of America, which Adams brings to life so vividly in his music, provide the visual backdrop. Contributors include stage director Peter Sellars and librettist Alice Goodman. The music has been specially recorded for the film by Edo de Waart and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic.
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