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The Bolero/In Search of Cezanne (1989)

Zubin Mehta , Allan Miller  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Zubin Mehta
  • Directors: Allan Miller
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: May 22, 2007
  • Run Time: 52 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NJL4RG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,088 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Bolero/In Search of Cezanne" on IMDb

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  • Allan Miller biography

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One of the most honored films of its kind, The Bolero captures the essence of an orchestra, as Zubin Mehta conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a stellar performance of Ravel's classic. Viewers are given insights into the music, the workings of a great orchestra, and leadership style and teamwork, all by observing a world renowned conductor in rehearsal and performance with a world class orchestra.

The Bolero, made in 1973, explores new ways to keep music in the foreground of film. Allan Miller puts the camera on stage with musicians, providing close-ups that give new contact with each performer and their music. The Bolero introduces each musician and each instrument as a distinct personality rather than an anonymous member of an anonymous group. The fact that in The Bolero the same tune is handed from instrument to instrument - to groups of instruments - to the whole orchestra - helps the viewer pay uninterrupted attention to the progress of the music. And by saving shots of the conductor Zubin Mehta for the end, the film creates a climax that matches Ravel's.

In Search of Cézanne is an exploration of the life and legacy of 19th century French painter Paul Cézanne, as seen through the eyes of a young female documentary filmmaker who is just discovering his work. Traveling from New York to Paris and to Cézanne's hometown in the south of France, meeting scholars and family of Cézanne at each stop, her journey is a satisfying inquiry into artistic expression and its appreciation. In the progress of this search, the film interweaves over 45 of Cézanne's paintings, photographed with careful attention to color and detail.


Allan Miller is America's foremost filmmaker of documentaries on classical music. --The New York Times

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful metaphor about art and work July 28, 2008
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The film begin with the backstage of a concert and you can see that people necessary but invisible. Later come the stars, the players and the director. All of them are workers, all of them are making art. Here you realize that when Whistler said ART HAPPENS, it's only part of the tuth, art is work, it doesn't just happen.
It's not a bonus track, finally you can enjoy a magnificent Mehta's version of the Ravel's classic.
From time to time is hard to agree with the Academy, but in this case, when Bolero won the Oscar, there's no reason to disagree.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bolero, In Search of Cezanne April 24, 2009
The Bolero is a moving, motivational documentary of Ravel's Bolero with Zupin Mehta, conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic. It begins with the placing of chairs for the orchestra and interviews with the musicians as they tune their instruments, continues with rehearsals and concludes with a stellar performance by the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra. Breathtaking. Every school band and orchestra should own a copy of this demonstration of teamwork by observing a world-renowned conducter with a world-class orchestra.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bolero November 5, 2007
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I wondered if my memory of this film would proved disappointing after so many years. I first saw this in a Motion Picture as Art class and was so excited to see it finally on DVD. It is amazing and exciting. My heart still pounds watching Zubin Mehta conduct! He is breathtaking! This is a gem in the film world. It is so much more than a documentary of an orchestra. This is a work of art on film
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Iconic February 3, 2010
This film is totally over the top. First off, it has been greatly imitated. Second, Zubin expresses his deep "passion" for the music, while the members of the orchestra play it dead pan. There is one great scene where a young violinist nearly rolls his eyes. The haircuts and clothes are absolutely terrific. What is great, is some of the players really try to play up their excitement, and the other members of the orchestra play it as it is.

The ending is really iconic. Zubin is practically dancing to the music near the end, and for the very end, he spins around, and the music stops, the picture goes black! This is the orchestral style you wanted to see when you were ten. Especially the cut scenes between Zubin, the drum, the tuba, and the light behind him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Zubin Mehta Really Gets Things Rolling ! May 21, 2014
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I first saw The Bolero on public television back in the mid `70`s and have been intrigued with it ever since. Later I used to take it out of the library on 16mm film (they would loan the projector too). It then showed up on VHS tape as an "educational aid" costing hundreds of dollars !! (inexplicable). Finally, years later, I was gratified to find it on DVD. It`s still a good close up look at an orchestra and it`s conductor and how things come together. This combined with a favorite piece of music make for repeated satisfying viewings. My only complaint is that at the end in the original film still photos of the soloists were shown and their instrument was indentified in print next to the photo. On the DVD there is simply a list of the players and what instument they played.
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