The lifeblood of this documentary is drawn from the maestro himself, weaving together archival rehearsal and concert footage with Karajan's personal recollections and interviews. Candid and revealing comments from some of the men and women who accompanied Karajan through his musical and professional life fill out this filmed portrait. The result is a multi-faceted, multi-layered study of the artist that nonetheless ends in deepening the confusion around this great 20th century conductor.
Directed by Robert Dornhelm (War and Peace), the film includes interviews with Karajan's wife and daughters, professionals of the music industry, and great artists like 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 Karajan's tears at Yevgeni Kissin's piano playing to his bold declarations like, "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", this fascinating documentary film explores to the fullest this profoundly mesmerizing and contradictory personality.
An exceptional documentary on one of the greatest artists of the 20th century