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Piotr Anderszewski: Unquiet Traveller [Blu-ray]

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Bruno Monsaingeon has dedicated a great part of his life to directing movies about the greatest musicians of our times (Gould, Richter, Menuhin, Oïstrakh...), sharing with us his passionate vision of artists. His last movie, which has already been awarded in several festivals, is an especially living portrait of the non-conformist pianist Piotr Anderszewski. Somewhere between documentary and fiction, this rail-road-movie setting is a winter journey through Poland to Budapest, in a train in which the pianist has taken his grand piano with him... In this movie, Piotr Anderszewski gives us his most inner thoughts about music and about his qualms, through words we get while this special train strides through the land of his childhood, revealing his true nature, generous but tormented. A brilliantly built film by Bruno Monsaingeon, utterly poetic and deeply emotional, which invites us to join the journey...

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  • Actors: Piotr Anderszewski, Philharmonia Orchestra London, Gustavo Dudamel
  • Directors: Bruno Monsaingeon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Classical, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Hungarian (PCM), Polish (PCM), English (PCM), French (PCM)
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Polish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: EuroArts
  • DVD Release Date: June 29, 2010
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003IP2XYA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,639 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Dean R. Brierly on August 16, 2009
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"Unquiet Traveler" is a unique documentary about the renowned Polish pianist Piotr Anderszewski. The conceptual approach taken by director Bruno Monsaingeon is disarming in its simplicity--he accompanied the musician on a 2008 recital tour through Hungary, Poland, Germany, France and Lisbon, filming Anderszewski's impromptu performances at various stops, and recording the magnetic performer practicing on a Steinway in his private railway car while tossing off amusing and insightful observations on matters musical and otherwise. On Mozart's "Magic Flute": "I know of no musical work that's so sad and joyful, so cold, so dark and yet so luminous, so divine and so impertinent." On giving recitals: "When I'm confronted with the extreme loneliness of the recital, the heroism and the cruelty involved, I sometimes think that I'll never do recitals again." On the history of his native city: "The other thing I mourn is the destruction of Warsaw. I find it very hard to live with. A whole civilization, just murdered." The effect is utterly beguiling, and is far more revealing and compelling than the traditional "talking heads" interview format that Monsaingeon thankfully eschews. While Anderszewski has charisma to burn, Monsaingeon never lets his outsize personality overwhelm the music. Ample footage is devoted to the pianist in performance, although this is not a performance film, per se. The director also works in sequences of Anderszewski wandering through several Eastern European cities; rehearsing with the Brazilian conductor Gustavo Dudamel; and making a recording in a Berlin studio--all interspersed with wonderfully evocative shots of the train rolling through beautiful, snow-covered landscapes.Read more ›
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Benedict on August 6, 2009
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I can scarcely remember when I've had a better musical and visual experience with a film. Perhaps I started with an advantage: I love trains. The idea of Anderszewski with his Steinway grand, in a perfectly appointed railway car, tootling through Europe and eastern Europe, recitals along the way, practising and demonstrating at the piano on the train, chatting intelligently about music and composers, wonderfully photographed and edited by Monsaingeon--this was as close to filmic heaven as I expect to get. It is perfect in itself, but of course leaves one, as it should, wanting to hear more--everything--of Anderszewski, live or on disk. I can't wait.

After watching my NETFLIX disc (surprisingly available so soon after release), I immediately ordered copies to send to my 95-year old former piano teacher in California (who worships Perahia) and several other piano-loving friends. Monsaingeon's Glen Gould film was great, but I think he outdoes himself with "Unquiet Traveler."
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Luke on January 4, 2010
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I am a professional musician, and I have never been so inspired by a music documentary. Anderszewski is truly a genius for our times, a multi-lingual European who can not only play but expound on the European musical heritage like no one else. His insights into Chopin, Mozart and Brahms are surprising, sometimes radical, always revelatory. He understands the music from the inside out, and conveys this understanding in a riveting, engaging and irresistibly humorous way. His trenchant comments on life at the highest professional levels of music are equally insightful. I've watched this film again and again, and introduced my friends to it. It has the same effect on everyone, and it'll have the same effect on you. If you love music, buy this DVD!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Taylor on August 24, 2009
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What a great documentary! I absolutely loved it. The way in which Bruno films is second to none, and he offers a rare glimpse into Anderszewski's life. I loved the train sequences and felt absolutely inspired by what Anderszewski says about Chopin, Beethoven and Brahms. His commentary about the composers is both charming and revealing. To be so exposed on camera as both a pianist and musicologist highlights his self-reflection and insight about himself as a musician. Incredible. I highly recommend it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Yvonne Caruthers on February 14, 2014
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This film is a gem. The photography is spare, the scenery is often bleak (it's winter, after all), but Mr. Anderszewski is a thoughtful musician, and I could listen to his thoughts all day. I am, of course, deeply envious of the fact that he can take his piano with him on a train, so that he can practice as he's getting from A to B...what a luxury that would be! You feel that you are sitting in on private sessions when he's practicing, or playing a piece with his violinist sister. A very personal story, intimately told.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jura Litchfield on September 13, 2009
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Musicians are notoriously self-promoting and self-centered. It comes with the territory. Not so with the young musician featured in the documentary "The Unquiet Traveller". Here is a rare look at Piotr Anderszewski, a pianist passionate and relentless about his art. It is moving to see and hear the sheer joy Anderszewski exudes when playing his favorite music or when he is talking about why he is so drawn to it. His words are carefully chosen and he is equally eloquent in verbal and in musical expression. This portrait of a young man as pianist goes beyond the filming of facile technique and of shrewd marketing. The documentary goes to the heart of what it means to devote oneself to communicating transcendent beauty without the weight of ego. In several languages, the film reflects the many cultures in which Anderszewski feels at home. While it is not a biography and does not delve into Anderszewski's personal life, it does give us some tantalizing glimpses into a life devoted to high artistic ideals. Pehaps we can look forward to sequels in which more of his insights into the meaning of music and the role of the performer as inspired medium are revealed.
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