The Bolero/In Search of Cezanne
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.
- Film notes
- Allan Miller biography
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A wonderful look at the orchestra and Zubin Mehta, especially for those of us who enjoy Ravel's music.Published 4 months ago by BDan55
It no longer plays properly. I have to re-order when I have time.
The video is great. the quality of the DVD has suffered.
I saw The Bolero in high school back in 1976. It gave me a huge appreciation of the arts and how individuals can come together to create beautiful music. Read morePublished on June 29, 2013 by Cindy Bennett
It was just as advertised. I had no problems with this product. I would buy this product again. Good price.Published on April 3, 2013 by Kenneth Darrell Lial