Detroit Film Theatre


Thursday, April 10, 2008

7:30 PM Detroit Film Theatre

  • Film
  • Fees Apply

(UK/2007) Directed by Phil Grabsky

The Chicago Reader’s J. R. Jones: “Milos Forman's Amadeus is so ingrained in the popular imagination that its portrait of Mozart may never be dispelled, but this thorough and insightful documentary presents a more rounded and compelling view of the high-spirited genius. Director Phil Grabsky crisscrossed Europe looking for Mozart's old haunts, interviewing classical performers and scholars, and filming concerts; the resulting narrative acknowledges Mozart's divine gift but also details the extraordinary tutelage he enjoyed as a child and the commercial realities that shaped his career. The commentators – among them Roger Norrington, Adam Fischer, Janine Jansen, Ian Bostridge, Renee Fleming, Lang Lang, and Jonathan Miller – express as much wonder as insight, articulating not only what Mozart brought to the music but what each of them takes away from it. What emerges is a far more accurate, complete and endearing portrait of Mozart than any documentary has ever painted.” Produced in celebration of the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth. (128 min.) Thu. at 7:30; Fri. and Sat. at 9:30; Sun. at 1:00

“A myth-busting stride through a prodigiously talented life.” -Jeanette Catsoulis, The New York Times