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documentary Seiji Ozawa Portrait of the Japanese conductor

Portrait of the Japanese conductor

Seiji Ozawa Portrait of the Japanese conductor


An intimate portrait of the legendary conductor Seiji Ozawa.

After over fifty years on the concert stage the japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa has worked with the most prestigious institutions such as the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New Yors Metropolitan Opera, the Berlin Philharmonic... This 1985 documentary focuses on the Japanese conductor and the behind-the-scenes world of the symphony orchestra. It communicates the intensity and passion Ozawa brings to his works as conductor and teacher, and shows him in the context of his relationship with former masters, current students and family. It also explores the cultural tensions that caused him to leave Japan and begin a career in the West.



  • Directed by:
    • Albert Maysles
    • David Maysles
    • Deborah Dickson
    • Susan Froemke
  • Production date: 1985
  • Duration: 56 min
  • Production: © CAMI VIDEO INC.
  • Available version(s): EN
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