Tony Palmer

  • Tony Palmer – Omnibus: Benjamin Britten and His Festival (1967)

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    Tony Palmer’s classic behind the scenes look at the Aldeburgh Festival and the opening by the Queen of the new concert hall at Snape.

    This was the first film made by the BBC ever to be networked in the USA, and the first of Tony Palmer’s three portraits of the great composer, the others being the Italia Prize-winning ‘A Time There Was’, and the multi-award winning ‘Nocturne’, made for the 100th anniversary of Britten’s birth.

    “A superb film (which) may well achieve the status of a classic, repeated again and again over the years… the brilliant editing (was) of the highest quality, making a natural partnership of music and picture.” – Sean Day-Lewis, The Daily TelegraphRead More »

  • Tony Palmer – Vangelis and the Journey to Ithaka (2013)

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    “The two-hour documentary includes interviews with Vangelis and many of his friends and colleagues, including Sean Connery, Hugh Hudson, Jessye Norman, Oliver Stone, Akiko Ebi, Julian Rachlin and many others. It also includes rare historical footage, most of which has never been seen before. Another highlight includes recent footage of Vangelis improvising new music!
    Vangelis, a composer of electronic, ambient, jazz, pop/rock and orchestral music, is best known for his Academy-Award-winning (Best Original Music Score) score for the film Chariots Of Fire, and composing scores for the films Antartica, Blade Runner, 1492: Conquest Of Paradise and Alexander, as well as the use of his music in the PBS documentary Cosmos: A Personal Voyage by Carl Sagan.Read More »

  • Tony Palmer – Wagner (1983)

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    Wagner is a giant, unwieldy beast. Eight hours devoted to the German composer, from the age of 35 to his death. Its sheer length allows the screen to play house to his politics, his person and his loves all within the frame of his music. Yet is enacts a precarious balance between the epic and the personal, between reverence and irreverence and between high art and high camp. Indeed, at its centre is not Wagner, nor Richard Burton who portrays the composer, but director Tony Palmer who grapples with the material throughout, sometimes succeeding and sometimes falling flat on his face.Read More »

  • Tony Palmer – All My Loving (1968)

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    Tony Palmer’s landmark 1968 BBC documentary on the icons of the era’s rock orbit is finally receiving its DVD premiere. Nearly four decades after its first broadcast, “All My Loving” still resonates with the wonderful and inane excesses of that loud, vibrant world.

    The focus here is primarily on British rock legends (the genre is called “pop music” throughout the film). Slices of classic performance and eccentric interviews are combined to create a trippy, psychedelic experience.Read More »

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