Benjamin Britten: A Time There Was... (1980)

Genres - Music, Theater  |   Sub-Genres - Biography  |   Run Time - 103 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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This musical documentary profiles British composer/conductor Benjamin Britten. Directed by filmmaker Tony Palmer, who also documented opera legend Maria Callas, it mixes biography with excerpts from such famed operas as Death in Venice and Peter Grimes. A special segment shows archival footage of the maestro working his magic behind the scenes in rehearsal. Interviews include a moment with Leonard Bernstein, who touches on the genius and the pain of "a man at odds with the world." With a running time of 102 minutes, this award-winning video hits all the right notes for the classical aficionado.

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classical-music, behind-the-scenes, composer, conductor [music], film-clips, rehearsal