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L'Insoumis: The Enigma (1998)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: German (PCM Stereo), English (PCM Stereo), French (PCM Stereo), Russian (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Ideale Audience
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 154 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007N0SVG0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,458 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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One of the most famous classic documentaries about pianist Sviatoslav Richter is available on DVD once again! Entirely "narrated" by Richter through his writings and speech, the film reveals the hardships of the great pianist's life that shaped his career and artistry. Archival footage, rare or unpublished musical material, and an interview with his wife, singer Nina Dorliac, make this film a particularly fine document of a life in art.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent October 17, 2012
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I,too, have waited years for this to be available. Other then getting an old vcr copy transferred onto disc,or watching bits of it on Youtube or on Medicitv,it is enthralling to finally have this available. Richter loathed being filmed,the amount of footage of him available[so far,who knows what is in the archives?} is scant,so Bruno Massignon accommodated him by using only a small, unobtrusive camera, and let Richter talk.Who was the greatest pianist of the century?Does it really matter?Richter in on any short list, we have hundreds of his recordings and this gorgeous film by Massignon. Richter ,though old and frail,does not let us into his private life,which,for me, is fine.Frankly,I do not care.His music, the wondrous touch he played with can almost stop time.And there are plenty of these moments interspersed throughout this film. As good as anything we are likely to ever get on this,yes, genius[he literally memorized every score he ever played,not just a mnemonic trick,by the way].Wonderful!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Pianist, Ever? March 29, 2013
By Phaser
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I think so. It's a personal opinion of course. But, for me Richter's manner and musicality have always been something I've been drawn to. My awareness of him was with the first notes of the 'Pictures' recital recording in Sofia in 1958, through to his sublime Schubert near the end of his life, Richter had it all. We should be grateful for the many recordings of this amazing performer, if not for the uneven quality of some of them. But I am most grateful to Monsaingeon for this amazing film. I own it as a VHS, but no longer have a VHS player, so the DVD is a most welcome arrival! Monsaingeon is as much a genius as a film-maker as his subject was as a musician. The result is a perfect match. There was no more extraordinary life than Richter's, no more completely exciting personality as a pianist than his, no more devastatingly demonic virtuoso than he. Possibly Liszt was like this. But Liszt didn't have the pianos of today, and anyway I cannot imagine a Liszt or anyone transcending Richter. There maybe pianists whose skill was equal--Cziffra, Horowitz and Berezofsky are close, but no one was as completely and spiritually connected to music as Richter. It's a great film about a uniquely gifted original whose likes we won't see again!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Treasure December 26, 2012
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This DVD is an absolute treasure. I stumbled on a section of the video on YouTube and had to have the whole thing. However, a few months back it was not available on DVD; only VHS. I kept checking back and and was pleasantly surprised to find the DVD on Amazon.

I had heard of Richter before but somehow, I did not realize how great he really was. The film artfully integrates interviews with Richter with clips of various concerts and rehearsals. Richter's playing is astounding! I can't believe it took me so long to discover this legendary genius.

I have never written a review on Amazon but felt compelled to write this one. Buy this DVD without hesitation, you will love it! Bruno Monsaingeon has created another masterpiece and an enduring testamanent to arguably the greatest pianist of the 20th century.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the wait September 19, 2012
By Ssu
We've waited at least five years for this dvd format. We were spellbound by the biographical information, excerpts of Richter's playing, and visual clips. Although tempted to convert our VHS, we bought this reissue to support those who invested time & money to make this available to US viewers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Everyone interested in Sviatoslav Richter, piano or even classical music in general will be pleased with this documentary. It tells the story of Richter, one of the best pianists ever, in more or less chronological order. It is told by his friends and colleagues, but mostly by himself, both in words and in music. The words are remarkably Spartan, the music is brilliant. A beautiful insight into an enigma, finally available on DVD.
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