Documentary

Karajan, or Beauty As I See It

A film by Robert Dornhelm

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Cast

Eliette von Karajan
Arabel von Karajan
Isabel Karajan
Helmut Schmidt — Ex-Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany
Brigitte Fassbaender — Mezzo-soprano
Ioan Holender — Baritone
Gundula Janowitz — Soprano
René Kollo — Tenor
Christa Ludwig — Mezzo-soprano
Clemens Hellsberg — Violinist
Werner Resel — Cellist
Peter Brem — Violinist
Fritz Kaiser — Double bassist
Yehudi Menuhin — Violinist
Evgeny Kissin — Pianist
Anne-Sophie Mutter — Violinist

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Filmmaker Robert Dornheilm’s Karajan, or Beauty As I See It brings together the classical music world’s elite soloists and conductors to reflect about the legendary maestro and his legacy. The documentary film includes interviews in which former musical prodigies (Anne-Sophie Mutter, Evgeny Kissin), legendary voices of the 20th century (René Kollo, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Christa Ludwig) and the great conductors of our time (Seiji Ozawa, Sir Simon Rattle, Christian Thielemann) share their personal experiences of the Austrian maestro. Karajan’s daughters Arabel and Isabel shed a more personal light on their father and his career. Extraordinary archival footage and interviews with Karajan himself finish off this thought-provoking documentary portrait!

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Directed by:
Robert Dornhelm,
Christoph Engel
Production date: 2007
Duration: 1 h 30 min
Production: © Unitel
Available subtitle(s): EN, ES
Resolution: Full HD