Elgar (1962)

Genres - Drama, Music  |   Sub-Genres - Biopic [feature]  |   Countries - UK  |  
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Elgar is a made-for-TV semi-documentary about English classical composer Sir Edward Elgar. Shot in black-and-white, the film was made as part of a series of composer biographies by Ken Russell and originally broadcast on the BBC in 1962. Elgar worked as a music teacher in the Malvern Hills before reaching his stardom as a composer with the famous "Pomp and Circumstance." Includes footage of the opening of Abbey Road Studios to the strains of Elgar's "Land of Hope and Glory," which was used as a national anthem for the British Empire during WWI. Huw Wheldon narrates, George McGrath appears as Elgar, and Peter Brett and Rowena Gregory play his parents.

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Britain, composer, horseback-riding, national-anthem