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Cinematic Variations on Live Classical Music 2017/18

Twenty five Season * October 2017 - June 2018
From Zubin Mehta, Leonard Bernstein, Herbert von Karajan through Haydn, Shostakovich, Monteverdi, Bruckner, Brahms, Johann Strauss, Pete Seeger, Leonard Cohen, Ella Fitzgerald, Juliette Gréco, Andrés Segovia to Larry Weinstein, Christopher Nupen and Carlos Saura
A joint project of the Jerusalem Cinematheque - Israel Film Archive and the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance
This season, Cinematic Variations on Live Classical Music will include 15 events, meeting twice monthly on Saturday mornings at 11:00.
Each event includes a short concert, lecture in Hebrew and screening of a full-length film.
Unless otherwise indicated, each event lasts 2-3 hours.
Participants include teachers and students from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, as well as guest artists and lecturers.
The organizers reserve the right to make changes in the program. All changes will be published in the monthly program and website of the Jerusalem Cinematheque.
There will be no entrance to the hall during the concert section of the program.
Tickets: 90 NIS / Senior citizens and soldiers: 70 NIS / Jerusalem residents: 80 NIS / Cinematheque members: 55 NIS per event
Cinematheque subscribers may purchase a multi-ticket that includes free admission to ten of the Cinematic Variations events, at an additional price of 195 NIS*
• The multi-ticket is personal and is valid for the 2017/18 season only.
• Tickets (for both subscription holders and for single tickets) may be ordered for the next event in advance, beginning Friday before each event. There will be no refunds, and it will not be possible to replace tickets for orders that were not used or were canceled less than 24 hours before the event.
• There will be no entry into the hall during the concert section of the program.
• The organizers reserve the right to change the order of the programs, and in exceptional cases, for technical reasons, may change the film on a certain date. Changes will be published in the monthly program and website of the Jerusalem Cinematheque.

Tribute to The Maestro

A meeting with Zubin Mehta, the Maestro of contemporary  conducting, offering a description of the characteristics of his conducting style. In the presence of Maestro Zubin Mehta and director Bettina Ehrhardt

Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds - The Conductor Zubin Mehta

Dir.: Bettina Ehrhardt
| 90 minutes

There is no doubt that Zubin Mehta transformed the Israel Philharmonic into one of the world’s leading orchestras. This documentary, a cinematic portrait of Mehta, tells the story of the musician. 

Monteverdi - The Musician for Anytime and No Time, the First Revolutionary Genius

Musical revolutions are supposedly easier to accept, compared to political, scientific or religious revolutions. The revolutionary music of Monteverdi, however, proves that music’s impact on the world can be just as significant.

Monteverdi in Mantua: the Genius of the Vespers

Dir.: Andy King-Dabbs
| 60 minutes

Monteverdi in Mantua tells the story of a Renaissance duke and the composer who worked for him and how their volatile relationship would create one of the most revolutionary and beautiful collections of music ever published: the Monteverdi Vespers of 1610. 

Ella Fitzgerald - A Singer Who’s an Instrument

Ella packed the history of jazz and the jazz ensemble into her singing, creating a style that does not differentiate between vocals and instruments. She realized one of the most important principles of jazz – personal expression above all

Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald

Dir.: André Halimi
| 52 minutes

Through Ella Fitzgerald's hits, the film reminds us the journey of this child from Harlem who became one of the world-famous singer that has played with the greatest: Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson, Charlie Parker, Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones, and many others. 

Farewell Song

the story of a few major figures in music history, key cultural icons who passed away in the last couple of years. The stories of their lives and art also tell the story of a complex and multicultural era

Leonard Cohen – I’m Your Man

Dir.: Lian Lunson
| 105 minutes

He has influenced performers from Nick Cave to Rufus Wainright and Bono, each of whom makes an impassioned and thrilling appearance here to celebrate Cohen’s 70th birthday. The result is a moving portrait of a great artist.

An Unwilling Prophet

The wonderful music of Dmitri Shostakovich is rich in styles and statements. How did he, through his dedicated work, turn the symphony into an emotionally powerful and meaningful genre, particularly in recent generations?

The War Symphonies - Shostakovich against Stalin

Dir.: Larry Weinstein
| 76 minutes

The documentary consistently conveys considerable emotional power, as well as a piquant sense of irony. Described by Shostakovich as his “tombstones for the victims of Stalin”, Symphonies 4 to 9 represented the composer’s weapons against tyranny. 

Segovia - The Prince of Guitar

The young man who took the guitar from the street and into the concert hall

Segovia at Los Olivos

Dir.: Christopher Nupen
| 56 minutes

A celebration of one of the truly unique achievements in the history of Western music: the extraordinary quest of Andrés Segovia, the Andalusian par excellence, who revolutionized the technique and succeeded in winning worldwide acceptance.

Haydn - The Father of Classical Music

“I was forced to become original.” (Joseph Haydn) – Haydn was the father of the symphony, the string quartet, piano trio and the sonata form.

Celebrating Haydn with Sir Peter Ustinov

Dir.: Derek Bailey
| 114 minutes

With knowledge, fine feeling and humor, Peter Ustinov leads us through this splendid film in two parts focusing on the life of one of the greatest composers in history of music. 

Johann Strauss, Father and Son - Kings of the Viennese Waltz

The Strauss family dominated the dance hall and the operetta stage for most of the nineteenth century and became a symbol of a period

The Blue Danube – A Waltz Story

Dir.: Pierre Henry Salfati
| 52 minutes

None other than The Blue Danube can embody the essence of the waltz so eloquently and precisely in form and spirit. Between music and politics, History and success, “high” and popular culture, we will leave on an unprecedented musical trip. 

Two Opposing Views - The Hillel and Shamai of Modern Conducting

The story of the lives and artistic endeavors of Leonard Bernstein and Herbert von Karajan is also the story of two stylistic traditions that oppose each other in almost every professional or aesthetic aspect. 

Le combat des chefs – Karajan/Bernstein

Dir.: Emanuelle Franc
| 52 minutes

The parallel and diverging destinies of conductors Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) and Herbert von Karajan (1908-1989). These two titans dominated the classical music world of the 20th century, reflecting the dissensions of their time

The Renaissance Nature Reserve of the Romantic Period - From Palestrina to Bruckner

Lecture, concert and film

Sacred Music - Brahms and Bruckner

Dir.: Andy King-Dabbs
| 60 minutes

A journey through the history of western sacred music and look at how religious music has continued to thrive despite the increasingly secular nature of society. Simon Russell Beale travels to Germany and Austria to explore the work Brahms and Bruckner. 

"Where Have All the Flowers Gone?"

The "Banjo Protest" of the sixties in America

Pete Seeger: The Power of Song

Dir.: Jim Brown
| 93 minutes

The life of one of the greatest American singer/songwriters of the last century. Pete Seeger was the architect of the folk revival. Musicians including Dylan,  Baez and Springsteen discuss Seeger’s lasting influence on the fabric of American music.


Juliette Gréco - La Dame au noir

Lecture + concert + film

Juliette Gréco l’insoumise

Dir.: Yves Riou, Philippe Pouchain
| 72 minutes

 Juliette Gréco, almost 85, the great lady of French chanson, Saint-Germaindes-Prés's emblem and icon of existentialism, delivers with astonishing frankness, revealing herself both funny, pertinent and incisive. 

Why the Jota?

From folklore to stylized Spanish dance and on the unique cinematic-dance language of Carlos Saura

J: Beyond Flamenco

Dir.: Carlos Saura
| 88 minutes

Carlos Saura continues the exploration of his country’s unique culture with this mesmerizing film about the Jota, the song and dance that originated in Spain’s Aragon region. 

Luciano Pavarotti, the Keeper of the Italian Bel Canto Tradition at Its Best

The stormy and emotional life of the Italian tenor who became a legend in his life

Pavarotti – A Voice for the Ages

Dir.: John Walker
| 59 minutes

Luciano Pavarotti extended his presence far beyond the limits of Italian opera. Quickly establishing his trademark rich sound as the great male operatic voice of the 20th century, he expanded his reach to stadium concerts and pop collaborations which brought him fame beyond measure. 

The Cuban Revolution on Jazz

Lecture + concert + film

Chico & Rita

Dir.: Fernando Trueba, Javier Mariscal, Tono Errando
| 94 minutes

Cuba, 1948. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them. From Havana to Paris, two passionate individuals battle impossible odds to unite in music.