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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
Kolektion: DocumentarySubkolektion: 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 About Henry Purcell - England, My England

Tony Palmer's  Film About Henry Purcell - England, My England
ID: TPDVD151
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Kolektion: Movies

Actors: Michael Ball, Simon Callow, Vernon Dobtcheff, Corin Redgrave, James Bowman
Directors: Tony Palmer
Writers: John Osborn, Charles Wood
Producers: Simon Flind

Format: Classical, Color, DVD, Subtitled, NTSC
Screen (Picture) Format: 16:9
Language: English
Subtitles: English, Deutsch, Italian, Spanish
Region: All Regions
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: 152 minutes


Tony Palmer directs this prize-winning film about the great English composer Henry Purcell. Very little is known about his life, but the script - by Charles Wood and the late John Osborne - solves this problem by launching a group of actors in the 1960s on a voyage of discovery into the 1660s & late-17th century England, the extraordinary period in which Purcell lived. But it is Purcell’s music which is the driving force of the drama, with a stunning soundtrack conducted by John Eliot Gardiner.
Features an all-star cast with Simon Callow as Charles, Michael Ball as Henry Purcell, Letitia Dean as Barbara, Nina Young as Mrs Purcell, Corin Redgrave as William III, Lucy Speed as Nell, John Shrapnel as Pepys, Robert Stephens as Dryden, Murray Melvin as Shaftesbury, Terence Rigby as Cooke, Peter Woodthorpe as Kiffen, John Fortune as Clarendon, Edward Michie as young Harry and Bill Kenwright as Bill.

Performance Credits
The Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists - (Films) Participant
Susan Graham - Participant
Stephen Varcoe - Participant
Lynne Dawson - Participant
Nancy Argenta - Participant
James Bowman - Participant
Michael Chance - Participant
Paul Agnew - Participant
Peter Harvey - Participant
Robert Johnston - Participant
Teresa Shaw - Participant
Jennifer Smith - Participant
Michael Ball - Harry Purcell
Simon Callow - Charles II
Joseph David - Actor
Antonia de Sancha - Actor
Letitia Dean - Barbara
Vernon Dobtcheff - Spratt
Simon Flind - Draghi
John Fortune - Clarendon
Rebecca Front - Mary
Constantine Gregory - Wharton
Guy Henry - James
John Hibbs - Blacksmith
James Hicks - Blow
Bill Kenwright - Bill
Murray Melvin - Shaftesbury
Edward Michie - Young Harry
Bernard Padden - Blackwell
Patricia Quinn - Elizabeth Purcell
Corin Redgrave - William
Terence Rigby - Cooke
James Saxon - Vyner
John Shrapnel Pepys
Lucy Speed - Nell
Robert Stephens - Dryden
David Thomas - Gostling
Rebecca Tremain - Catherine
Brook Williams - Priest
Peter Woodthorpe - Kiffen
Nina Young - Frances
John Eliot Gardiner - Conductor

Technical Credits
Tony Palmer Director, Editor
Rob Ayling Executive Producer
Mike Bluett Producer
Alan Cridford Sound/Sound Designer
Simon Flind 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
Kolektion: DocumentarySubkolektion: 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
Subkolektion: 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 Classic Film: Warren Mitchell as Brahms and the Singing Girls

Tony Palmer's Classic Film: Warren Mitchell as Brahms and the Singing Girls
ID: TPDVD117
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Subkolektion: Biography Movie

Source: TONY PALMER FILMS
Region Code: NTSC, Plays in all territories
Screen (Picture) Format: 16:9
Color mode: Colour
Digital re-mastering: Isolde Films 2009
Presentation: Wide Screen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
Language: English
Duration: 90 mins

Starring:
Warren Mitchell as Johannes Brahms
Lori Piitz as Clara

Directed:
Tony Palmer

Music conducted:
Peter Leonard with NDR Symphony Orchestra and Choir

90 minute film directed by the acclaimed, award-winning director Tony Palmer and starring Warren Mitchell.

Brahms’ first musical experience had been playing an upright piano in the brothels of Hamburg; at the end he lived a bachelor in Vienna

I had long admired Warren Mitchell as an actor. In spite of being crippled to some extent by his most famous creation, Alf Garnett in 'Til Death Us Do Part, brilliant though he was, one always felt instinctively there was an extraordinary actor struggling to get out. And sure enough, when I saw him as Willy Loman in Miller's Death of a Salesman at the National Theatre, I knew (as did everyone else who was lucky enough to see him) that I was in the presence of greatness.

He threw himself into the part of Brahms will enormous gusto. He recognised that this was to be no ‘ordinary' composer portrait, and when the shit hit the fan as the English critics initially rubbished the film, he was its most vigorous advocate, for which I have always been grateful. What had offended more-or-less everyone was the film's affirmation that the familiar image of the stodgy old Brahms was a million miles from the truth. His first musical experience had been playing an upright piano in the brothels of Hamburg where he had grown up, and at the end of his life (in fact for the last 15 years) he had lived a bachelor in Vienna having his every need satisfied by the prostitutes of the city whom he always affectionately described as his ‘little singing girls'. None of this was thought either factually correct or (worse) relevant to his music - which of course is nonsense.

"Palmer at his most ridiculous",was one of the kinder reviews. Of course, the musical establishment was outraged. The Head of Music at the BBC (which of course refused to show the film) was heard to say "the film was disgusting."

Indeed it is, and I am glad it is so because it helped explode the myth of ‘stodgy old (bearded) Brahms' as perpetuated by dreary films such as Song of Love with Robert Walker, or Spring Symphony with Nastassja Kinski, or all those turgid, mawkish documentaries about the supposed ‘love affair' between Clara Schumann and Brahms. I've counted three made by the BBC alone. In spite of some success around the world, this film has still never been shown in Britain.

And, surprise surprise, some years after the film was finished, a new biography of Brahms by Jan Swafford, the American composer and musicologist at Boston Conservatory, was published ‘proving' (if that is the word) that everything I had ventured about Brahms' life turned out to be essentially true.

But this film is not about scoring points; rather it is a celebration of unabashed, life-enhancing, sexually explosive music. Warren Mitchell, who was more-or-less the same age as the Brahms he portrays in the film, rose to the challenge with fire in his belly. He loved all the naked girls, and who would not? Brahms did, and that's what made him the great composer he is.
TONY PALMER
10.00 eur Buy

Tony Palmer's Film About Hector Berlioz: I, Berlioz ...

Tony Palmer's Film About Hector Berlioz: I, Berlioz ...
ID: TPDVD116
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Kolektion: DocumentarySubkolektion: 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
10.00 eur Buy

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
Subkolektion: Oper

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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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
Subkolektion: 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 of Toward the Unknown Region, Malcolm Arnold, A Story of Survival

Tony Palmer's Film of Toward the Unknown Region, Malcolm Arnold, A Story of Survival
ID: TPDVD112
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Kolektion: DocumentarySubkolektion: Biography Movie

Region Code: PAL.Region 0, Plays in all territories. , Used in most of Western Europe, Australia and some other countries.
Language: English (Stereo)
Color mode: Colour
Screen (Picture) Format: 16:9
Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
Duration: 132 minutes


This documentary celebrates Malcolm Arnold, one of Britain's most underestimated and yet most popular composers, who wrote scores to altogether 132 films including 'Whistle Down the Wind', 'Hobson's Choice' and the Oscar winning 'Bridge Over the River Kwai'. Sir Malcolm also composed ballets, symphonies and operas. The DVD features interviews with friends and family, and includes extracts from his works, however, it does not shirk the darker side of Arnold's life full of complications caused by mental illness.
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Mendelssohn, the Nazis and Me

Mendelssohn, the Nazis and Me
ID: CPVP020DVD
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Subkolektion: Education

Format DVD
Region Code: All NTSC
Screen (Picture) Format: 16:9
Sound: Stereo
Language: English
Color mode: Colour / Combine a Color and Black and White
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Classification: E
Duration: 59 min
Release Date 5th October 2009


The extraordinary story of what happened to Felix Mendelssohn's music and reputation under the Nazis, told by Sheila Hayman, award winning director and descendant of Mendelssohn's sister Fanny.

'Writer-director Sheila Hayman's articulate, radiantly intelligent film' (Financial Times)
'This entrancing film succeeded as a personal and justifiably proud celebration' (Scotsman)
'A tangled tale...presented absolutely compellingly by Sheila Hayman' (Guardian)
'A fascinating film that tells how, despite its best efforts, the Third Reich could not extinguish Germany's love of Mendelssohn's work' (Observer)

Performance Credits:
Daniel Hope - (Films) Participant
Steven Isserlis - (Films) Participant
Asaf Levy - (Films) Participant
Larry Todd - (Films) Participant

Technical Credits
Sheila Hayman - Director, Screenwriter
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