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  • Actors: .
  • Directors: .
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: United States Dist
  • DVD Release Date: June 14, 2011
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004RUF02W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,479 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The first ever film about this extraordinary man - who taught himself Sanskrit, lived on a street of brothels in Algiers, cycled into the Sahara Desert, allied himself during the First World War with a "red priest"who pinned on the door of his church "pra

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By eclipse1960 on February 22, 2014
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This film is the only one-stop resource that explains why Gustav Holst is more than the one-hit wonder he seems to be. As a political activist, a musical populist, and a born teacher, and the author of a stunningly original body of work, he casts a larger shadow over the music of the 20th century than most people are aware. The film does a good job of explaining that. Unfortunately, because unneeded segments of violence and nudity make it impossible to use the film in schools, its message will go unheard by those who most need to hear it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John D. Randolph on May 23, 2014
I agree completely with eclipse1960. The good parts of this film are really nice. This film is worth it alone for the wonderful interviews with Holst's daughter, Imogen. Also the film has many live musical excerpts that are very well played, nicely filmed and importantly are quite extended. Since Holst is mainly known as a one hit wonder it's nice that this doc gives the listener an opportunity to hear the other works many of which are so unfairly neglected. On the down side a number of the interviewees are downright banal (one person goes on quite enthusiastically about how revolutionary the opening of Mars is since Holst has the strings play col legno!! Mozart even used col legno, which should give you an idea of how revolutionary it is by the 20 century.). And at one point the film goes on a ten minute detour about a priest (Conrad Noel) who was a friend of Holst. In Imogen's bio of her father this guy gets one sentence so I'm not sure why Tony Palmer thinks he deserved 10 minutes in this film. He suggested a text which Holst set...big deal. There are other bizarre elements to this film such as during a musical excerpt they'll suddenly cut to footage of nude emaciated men who look like they were just liberated from a WWII concentration camp. What? And perhaps the weirdest thing about the film is while the credits are rolling the doc shows footage from a present day military/patriotic celebration accompanied by some very new age-y African folk inspired sounding music. Totally left me scratching my head. However, despite these complaints I do recommend this film due to the above mentioned attributes and also due to the total paucity of films regarding Holst.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By trastevere on February 16, 2014
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A story little known but absolutely worth your while. Just meeting the composer's daughter is reason enough. Blithe spirits really do walk amongst us. Maybe the next Mozart is your gym instructor!
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By Meta J. Town on September 26, 2014
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great DVD
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