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In Search of Mozart [DVD]

Juliet Stevenson , Frank Adams-Brown , Phil Grabsky    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Juliet Stevenson, Frank Adams-Brown, Debbie Arnold
  • Directors: Phil Grabsky
  • Format: PAL, Import, Anamorphic
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Dutch
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Filmfreaks
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Nov 2006
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 9058493008
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,406 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

Review

"Beautifully shot…It will fascinate those who know nothing about the composer and intrigue those who know something already." -- Opera Now

"The most comprehensive film about Mozart I have ever seen!" -- Sir Roger Norrington, conductor

"…as informative as it is accessible…bring us up close to the composer's brilliance…" -- Classic FM Magazine

The most comprehensive and illuminating film about Mozart that you are likely to see, even in 2006. -- The Times

Product Description

Netherlands released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Dutch ( Subtitles ), French ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast/Crew Interview(s), Commentary, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Featuring leading musicians, performers, and Mozart experts, this is a 25,000 mile journey along every route Mozart followed that travels to the heart of old Europe and the heart of genius itself. ...In Search of Mozart

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
This film is a fantastic expose of Mozart, the historical period around his life, his family background and his musical career. It blows apart many myths created by the rather over commercialised Amadeus film and presents, I believe for the first time, a true picture of this great artist. Full of decent renditions of Mozart works (not just little snippets) it follows his life from fledgling composer aged 8 to mature symphonic genius and opera composer. It delves deep into his psyche exploring his relationship with his father, wife and sister, and the imputus behind his desire to succeed. A moving, enlightening and thoroughly enjoyable film for the connoisseur or novice alike narrated by the smooth charming voice of Julia Stevenson.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This will intrigue and captivate you! 19 Mar 2007
Format:DVD
This documentary is a fascinating expose of the real Mozart and is very different from other films claiming to document his life. Taking us through the composer's life through a journey that covers the richly cultural continent of Europe, this film looks at Mozart's passions, his motivations and struggles from a fresh angle.

The musical accompaniment to the imagery adds to our experience of watching the film as we are treated to scenes of classical music and mesmerising cinematography.

This is great watch whether you have a special interest in Mozart or even if you have no prior knowledge!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 2 Mar 2007
By Steve B
Format:DVD
I thought I knew it all from Amadeus but this film - which is beautifully shot by the way - shocked me by revealing how much of Shaffer's film was myth & legend. Needless to say, the music is divine and I don't know how they could afford to get so many artists. A perfect introduction to anyone even barely interested in Mozart. Like another reviewer I wasn't sure at first about the modern city shots but grew to like them - and it's certainly better than just paintings - and much much better than reconstructions. Excellent - and it made my sons get back to the piano so thats not bad either.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly recommended 12 Jan 2006
Format:DVD
I was lucky enough to see this film at The Barbican earlier this month and I can't wait to get my DVD copy. I was thrilled to see some of the most famous musicians and opera singers in the world talk directly about how they feel about Mozart's music, how difficult it is to play, even at the height of their profession, but how sublime it is to them (and of course for us to listen to). This film tells the story of Mozart in a factual but entertaining way, always illustrating with relevant excerpts of his music and putting his life and work in context to the period in which he lived - amazing that he travelled over 250,000 miles in his lifetime - his coach and four was the original tour bus!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Mozart documentary 9 Jan 2006
By Sophie
Format:DVD
This documentary is great - it's a brilliant look at Mozart's life, very well paced, with lots of interesting descriptions of his family. But even better than that, it captures the amazing enthusiasm and enjoyment that musicians themselves have for Mozart. Listening to them talk about what the music means is really inspiring, and I've never seen another programme tap into that. Some moments to make you giggle too, and of course, beautiful music.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A favourite documentary 4 July 2006
Format:DVD
I just read this review in Time Out and couldn't agree more:... "For a superb survey of what the composer means to a wide range of articulate people, Phil Grabsky's In Search of Mozart can't be bettered. Famous bands play and the great and the good are interviewed, inlcuding Thomas Allen, Renee Fleming, Imogen Cooper, Angelika Kirchschlager, Magdalena Kozena...Gush-free, serious, but with an exciting sense of occasion." I love this documentary. I watched part of it purely by chance on TV in January and then realised it was on DVD too. Just brilliant!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An extraordinary film about an extraordinary man 11 Jan 2006
Format:DVD
'In Search of Mozart' is extraordinary not only in its breadth (from the first K number to the last, interviews with experts such as Jonathan Miller and Stanley Sadie, as well as top performers such as Renee Fleming, Magdalena Kozena, Julian Rachlin, Leif Ove Andnes...), but also its depth. Director Phil Grabsky tackles his complex subject with enormous gusto (and some subtlety), exploring what made Mozart the man tick, his relationship with his dad, his wife and his children, the historical context of 18th century Europe, the music scene of the time, and the modern relevance of those great operas. This is a film for Mozart experts and Mozart novices alike; it's never patronising, it's always entertaining, and it's full of some of the world's loveliest music. Highlights include Jonathan Miller damning Glyndebourne, Renee Fleming talking about how Mozart understood women, and Lang Lang saying something very odd about how Mozart's music changes from a 'nice lady' to a 'little girl lost in the forest'... And not a powdered wig in sight. Absolutely top notch stuff.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - but why no booklet or contents? 1 Feb 2006
By A Customer
Format:DVD
The documentary itself is excellent - but the producers decision to omit the usual booklet with contents and chapter details is disappointing. Why spoil the ship for a ha'porth of tar?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars An astounding omission....
In general terms I have nothing to add to the other reviews of this documentary,agreeing with those who find it good as a basic introduction to the life and music of my favourite... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Peter Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Prissy, Chirpy, Restless, Insubstantial: A Biography of a Minor...
I have given three stars (Amazon = "it's OK") to this DVD not simply because Mozart rates maybe thirtieth in my list of great composers (and none of the musical examples given on... Read more
Published on 17 Feb 2010 by Nicholas Casley
1.0 out of 5 stars Little more than collection of sound bites
This is a rather superficial biography of Mozart. The list of 'authorities' is impressive, but hardly any of them have more than a couple of words to say. Read more
Published on 26 Aug 2009 by John Stafford
5.0 out of 5 stars Does just what it says on the pack
I first saw this DVD at a weekend course which included a talk by its creator, Phil Grabsky, and a Mozart chamber concert. Read more
Published on 2 Aug 2009 by Joseph Butterworth
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Documentary
I thought In Search of Mozart was an outstanding documentary, not only did it feature some great musicians it also took the viewer on a journey through Mozart's life which I found... Read more
Published on 11 Feb 2009 by Emma
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Accuracy ...
In Search Of Mozart [2005]

This beautiful video is historically accurate, and gives a realistic picture of his genius and his trials. Read more
Published on 2 Feb 2009 by Dr. J. Davis
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly made documentary
If it had been a book it would have been mediocre. The only thing this film contains are commentaries by various critics.

But this is a DVD, not a book:
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