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There is extensive footage of Clara Rockmore playing the instrument, and her technique is amazing. She has developed a way to play scales by moving her fingers. You have to see it to believe it. I play the theremin and this film helped me out tremendously.
If you never heard of a theremin, the film is worth watching anyway, because you don't see too many documentary films with this much intrigue and depth. Plus, you get to see Brian Wilson's whacked out explanation of the 60s. Really funny.
Leon Theremin had every reason in the world to give up and die, and instead, he kept living. He is a true giant among human beings. The last 10 minutes of the film are sublime.
This is not an action movie. It's a documentary.
But it's one of the best documentary films I've ever seen.
Good ending. Buy it.
A special attribute of the film is that Director Steve Martin has sought out, and then interviewed, a range of talented musicians, dancers and composers. These artists have made direct contributions toward bringing the sound of Professor Theremin's instrument, from the inventor's basement laboratory, into the consciousness of the American public.
Robert Moog, whose modular synthesizers revolutionized musical production, spent his teenage years building Theremin's from the plans of a hobbyist magazine. Moog claims that Leon Theremin's work is the cornerstone of the use of electronics in musical instrument design.
The film shows that concerts performed by Clara Rockmore to the accompaniment of major symphony orchestras, went a long way towards gaining the acceptance of the Theremin as a serious musical instrument. The Theremin was also popularized by Hollywood, with its use in films such as "The Day the Earth Stood Still".
An interesting subplot of the film describes Professor Theremin's abduction from his 57th Street New York apartment, with his subsequent rediscovery, in Russia, some fifty years later. "Theremin, An Electronic Odyssey" is a documentary film that both informs and surprises. It is highly recommended viewing for all fans of electronic music.
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Awesome movie! I even went out and bout a theremini to screw around withPublished 5 months ago by F. J. YORBA
How much do you know about Leon.Theremin? Not much I'd wager. Theremin not only invented the first electronic instruments, but designed a functional television in the 1920's, and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by HipShooter
Comprehensive documentary on the instrument, made me want to buy onePublished 5 months ago by Geoffrey Spier
Very interesting look at the development of musical synthesizers.Published 6 months ago by BillyHersh
I once owned an original RCA Theremin and had the opportunity to speak with Steve Martin, (the film's producer) while the film was in production. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mitchell Rhine
An amazing, heroic life story of Leon Theremin, and the adventurous musician friends who were inspired by his inventions. We have shared this DVD with others. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Patricia Black
Just a completely entertaining and wonderfully educational film! Well worth watching!Published 22 months ago by IndieLover
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