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To Play and To Fight presents the captivating story of the Venezuelan Youth Orchestra System - an incredible network of hundreds of orchestras formed within most of Venezuela's towns and villages. Once a modest program designed to expose rural children to the wonders of music, the system has become one of the most important and beautiful social phenomena in modern history. The documentary portrays the inspirational stories of world class musicians trained by the Venezuelan system, including the Berlin Philharmonic's youngest player Edicson Ruiz and world renowned conductor Gustavo Dudamel. With interviews with many of the world's most celebrated musicians including the great tenor Placido Domingo, Claudio Abbado, Sir Simon Rattle, Guiseppe Sinopoli, and Eduardo Mata, To Play and To Fight is an inspirational story of courage, determination, ambition, and love showing us that only those who dream can achieve the impossible.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Gustavo Dudamel, Placido Domingo, Edicson Ruiz, Claudio Abbado, Sir Simon Rattle
  • Directors: Alberto Arvelo
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Cinevolve Studios
  • DVD Release Date: March 16, 2010
  • Run Time: 71 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0035Q4TPI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,163 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Hiram Gòmez Pardo Venezuela HALL OF FAME on December 4, 2007
Format: DVD
To understand plainly the status place of Gustavo Dudamel at front of one of the top Orchestras around the world like Los Angeles Philharmonic since 2009, we should date us back to the middle Fifties (1954, to be exact) when Caracas was witness about the historical debut of Wilhelm Furtwangler in March 1954. After that successful event, the idea of inaugurating a Latin American Festival was totally accepted, by then. I really would remark the only Symphonic Orchestra in those ages was the OSV (Orquesta Sinfonica de Venezuela, founded in 1930).

Caracas was an exceptional witness of soloists of the level of Andres Segovia, Agustin Barrios Mangore, Narciso Yepes, Nicanor Zabaleta, Gyorgy Sandor (who visited us for the first time in 1944), Wilhem Kempff (1953, 1964 and 1968) Paul Badura Skoda, Ginette Neveu, Janos Starker., William Kapell (1947 and 1949) , Pablo Casals, Ivry Gitlis, Pierre Fournier, Ruggiero Ricci, Aaron Rosand, Jean Pierre Rampal, Eugene Istomin, Eugene Ormandy, Marta Argerich, Claudio Arrau, Lazar Berman, Horacio Gutierrez and notable orchestras such the Gewandhaus, VPO, Cameratta of Salzburg,Pittsburgh among others.

So that expected project was simply extraordinary. Directors of the artistic height of Celibidache, Horenstein, Adrian Boult, Stanislav Wisloscki, Igor Stravinsky, Penderecki and Villalobos among other important figures of the baton. The main soloists in those ages just included two dozens of brilliant artists such as Alirio Diaz (guitarist) Judith Jaimes, Eva Maria Zuk (pianists) Maurice Hasson, Francisco del Castillo (violinists) .
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This film is not just about the most important development of classical music currently happening in the world, is about how to overcome the social problems of the third world.

You will see Plácido Domingo, Simón Rattle and Claudio Abbado brought to tears by the performances of this young orchestra. You will hear touching words from "Maestro" Abreu himself, and also from the new classical music superstar Gustavo Dudamel.

I will recommend it for all art lovers and specially for Venezuelan people that sometimes forget that there is still many good things happening in the Country.

"Music will sow in the child and the young a spirit of accomplishment, excellence, a cult for the beautifull, the fair, the just, the noble; and will transforms his personality"
José Antonio Abreu.

"La música siembra en el niño y en el joven un espíritu de superación, excelencia, un culto a lo bello, a lo bueno, a lo justo, a lo noble y transforma su personalidad".
José Antonio Abreu.
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Something has been happening in Venezuela for the past thirty years, something that should sound a reveille around the world. This excellent film written and directed by Alberto Arvelo Mendoza with Carlos Díaz may at first seem like a propaganda film from Venezuela, but within moments of the opening aqueous credits the audience is poised for discovery.

TOCAR Y LUCHAR ('To Play and To Fight') is a documentary about the National Youth Orchestras of Venezuela, an organization now headed by Jose Antonio Abreu that focuses on providing instruments, musical training, and the experience of becoming part of a classical music orchestra to the children of Venezuela. The result is the truly superb Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela that has been touring the world under the leadership of principal conductor Gustavo Dudamel providing inspiration not only to young people who long for something meaningful in their lives, something like the majesty that classical music offers, but also bringing audiences in Berlin, Munich, Italy, and throughout the United States to their feet. This superb DVD explains how this happens, and the success of the film is the radiant faces of the thousands of young students who are becoming leading musicians of world-class quality.

Yes, there are live performances conducted by Dudamel as well as Claudio Abbado, Simon Rattle, and Giuseppe Sinopoli and there are moments of tribute from these conductors as well as from singers such as Placido Domingo and from commentators. But the real magic of the DVD lies in the expressions and the interviews with the members of the orchestra.
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I've just finished watching this DVD for the third time. Bought 6 copies. Every child in the world deserves a similar opportunity, every society the uplifting benefits. It's my goal to create something like this where I live, and this video is a wonderful way to convince others to join in the effort.
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I've already written Explorart to tell them how deeply affected I've been by this remarkable, outstanding film, and I've little to add to the already wonderful reviews on these pages. I'm about to purchase my third copy from Amazon, the ONLY place the film is available. I live in Guanajuato,Mexico, in a city of classical musicians, who pass around the one edition of "Tocar y Luchar" that someone managed to buy on-line in Venezuela. Why, oh why, is this miraculous work so hard to find? Why, I ask myself - especially as I manage a string quintet - can't Mexico follow the example of Venezuela?
Music is the only art that creates something out of "nothing" - out of air - sound...the music of the spheres, if you like. Only through music can the hearts of every man, woman and child be touched without words, even, as the project reveals, for those who can't hear. I believe that "Tocar y Luchar" can open up those hearts in the same way.
On witnessing the spiritual vision of Antonio José Abreu, so beautifully understood and captured by Alberto Arvelo, I felt, for the first time in years, a stirring of real hope for this world. The founders of the project were equally stirred, and the entire project is finally, after 30 years, being talked about here. BUT, without this award-winning film, I believe it would have passed the country by. Not even MixUp Mexico can find it. And those poor souls who complained of its "technical flaws" on the IMDB have completely missed the point.
If I had the ability to help, I'd jump on the next plane to Caracas to help the cause!
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