Herbert von Karajan, Beauty As I See It

Portrait of the great Austrian conductor

Herbert von Karajan, a mysterious maestro who for many was the epitome of classical music and for others the embodiment of the music market. This documentary is the first to truly penetrate behind Karajan's regal façade.

The program is structured along the personal recollections and interviews, and the archive footage of rehearsals and concerts of the maestro. This footage is supplemented by many candid and revealing comments by some of the men and women who accompanied him on his path to legendary status. The result is a multi-faceted, multi-layered portrait of the artist – a portrait that ultimately deepens the mystery of one of the greatest conductors of the 20th century.

Directed by Robert Dornhelm (War and Peace), the film includes statements by Karajan's wife and daughters, by professionals of the music industry, and by such great artists as Gundula Janowitz, Evgeni Kissin, Rene Kollo, Mariss Jansons, Christa Ludwig, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Seiji Ozawa, Sir Simon Rattle, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Sir Georg Solti and Christian Thielemann. From the tears Karajan shed upon listening to Yevgeni Kissin's piano playing to statements such as: "If there is still so much within me that must be expressed and my body refuses to comply, then nature must provide me with another body" – the film sheds light on the full spectrum of a profoundly mesmerizing and contradictory personality.

Movie directors : Robert Dornhelm, Christoph Engel
Playlists : The Legends of the 20th century, Your Favorite Documentaries and Artist Portraits of 2016

Duration : 01 h 30 min
Production date : 2007
Production : © Unitel
Available version(s) : VOST EN, VOST FR, VOST DE, VOST ES, VOST ZH

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