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George Gershwin Remembered (An American Masters Program) [VHS]

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Product Details

  • Actors: Harold Arlen, Fred Astaire, Leonard Bernstein, Anne Brown, Irving Caesar
  • Producers: John H. Williams, Kirk D'Amico, Peter Adam
  • Format: Black & White, Color, NTSC
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: December 23, 1996
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302653053
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,827 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

In the Roaring Twenties, all of America hummed the tunes of one man. Born in a humble Brooklyn neighborhood in 1898, George Gershwin quickly rose to dazzling heights in the entertainment world. Before his life was tragically cut short at the age of 38, the young composer had reshaped popular music into a uniquely American sound. He fused the exuberant refrains of Tin Pan Alley with the lush orchestrations of classical music and the complex rhythms of jazz in compositions like Funny Face, Porgy and Bess and Rhapsody in Blue. Featuring performances of Gershwin classics by the renowned Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and interviews with celebrities, family members and friends, this award-winning documentary offers an intimate look at the troubled life of an incomparable American artist.

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

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If you are a student needing to do a research paper on Gershwin, present a report in class, or just a fan who wants to know more about the composer of masterpieces such as "American in Paris," "Porgy and Bess," and, of course, "Rhapsody in Blue," then George Gershwin Remembered is an excellent resource for you.
Presented occasionally on the A&E network, "George Gershwin Remembered" takes on George's life from the start of his days as Jacob Gershwitz to his tragic death at an early age.
Interviews with numerous Gershwin authorities are presented along with stirring remembrances of his work. A simple "must-have" for any Gershwin lover.
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In the PBS "American Masters" special GEORGE GERSHWIN REMEMBERED, we learn that compositional perfection and brilliance are not necessarily byproducts of long hours of work.

Gershwin's first songwriting partner, Irving Caesar claims that their enormous 1920 hit "Swanee" took all of ten minutes from conception to completion. Caesar gave George the first line of the lyric's intro ("I've been away from you a long time") and the rest just appeared like magic. This isn't the only cited case of inspiration spawning instant creation. Choreographer Hermes Pan recalls how during the filming of SHALL WE DANCE (1937) (VHS) (DVD) some incidental music was needed for a scene where leashed pets and owners stroll on ship deck; Gershwin immediately wrote the perfect thing: a piece now known as "Walking the Dog."

Cinematic highlights of this 90-minute documentary include "Blah, Blah, Blah" from DELICIOUS (1931), Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly's duet on "The Babbitt and the Bromide" from ZIEGFELD FOLLIES (VHS) (DVD), Al Jolson's blackface rendition of "Swanee" and pianist Oscar Levant with Paul Whiteman's orchestra doing RHAPSODY IN BLUE (1945) (VHS) (
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Anyone who loves George Gershwin and his memorable masterpieces will be enthralled with this walk through his life. I highly recommend it.
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Excellent - wish it was on DVD, though. Used in the classroom for a Gershwin unit - kids liked it well enough, & learned some things!
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