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From the filmmaking team that brought us the Academy Award-winning FROM MAO TO MOZART: ISAAC STERN IN CHINA comes this spirited and often humorous documentary about the world-famous Guarneri String Quartet. Filled with the music of Haydn, Schubert, Mozart and Beethoven, this provocative yet enjoyable film joins the Quartet during intimate rehearsals and recording sessions, as well as on tour to Prague, Venice, Baden-Baden, and across the United States.

An astonishing look into the inner workings of the legendary Quartet, "High Fidelity may be the best film about music and musicians since From Mao To Mozart!" (Vincent Canby, The New York Times).

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EXCELLENT! Captures not only the music of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert but also, even more vividly, the music of four distinctive personalities in constantly shifting harmony and dissonance. --Joseph McLellan, Washington Post

An entrancing and highly entertaining documentary about four gifted musicians who have been making beautiful music together for 25 years. --Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice Magazine

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Product Details

  • Actors: John Dalley, David Soyer
  • Directors: Allan Miller
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: FIRST RUN FEATURES
  • DVD Release Date: November 18, 2008
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DYRL72
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,908 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Will on October 1, 2011
This is a really great documentary. It incorporates a good blend of playing, interviews and other footage and finishes with a knockout performance of the fourth movement of Beethoven's Op 59 No 3.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By alan_in_la on December 13, 2010
This documentary, from the 1980s, is a peek into the world of chamber music and, specifically, the great Guarneri Quartet, whose sound one critic likened to "date nut bread and cream cheese." There's a lot of music here but also the process of four individuals who regularly left their families to play music all over the world for three decades. Fascinating.
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We hear the Guarneri String Quartet playing compositions by many classical composers in various cities, and even hear comments from the four musicians about the experience of playing in one of the world's greatest string quartets.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tlh on June 16, 2014
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I bought this for my daughter prior to a chamber music festival that she was going to attend. She enjoys it and has indicated that what she gleaned from it was useful for the music festival.
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2 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Ghost(Ghost(M)) on May 30, 2010
This is a dull old (1989) documentary. The film makers obviously didn't have any interesting idea to build the film around: it's all rather loose, wordy but unedifying, mouldering, totally lacking in incisiveness. On the positive side, there's a good amount of music here, so if you're a fan of this group, you will probably like the film somewhat, simply because of the opportunity to see the guys move around, say something, and play music. Another thing that I found annoying was that they were constantly out of tune.
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