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|The Hidden Heart A Life of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears|
Director: Teresa Griffiths
Genres: Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
This fascinating documentary tells the story of leading British composer Benjamin Britten, focusing on his passionate relationship both to music and to his lifelong partner Peter Pears. DVD Tracklist — 1. Love Letters — 2. ... more »
Misleading title, but great documentary
Kevin Carnahan | Minneapolis, MN | 02/19/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"My wife and I have a special fondness for the works of composer Benjamin Britten and the career of tenor Peter Pears. We had thought this documentary would focus primarily on the great love and working relationship of these amazing gay men, and while it certainly remembers to go there on occasion (mainly at the beginning and at the end), REALLY it's a documentary about Britten creating three of his greatest works (and by extension, Peter Pears' role in these three works as the featured singer): "Peter Grimes," the "War Requiem," and "Death in Venice." Pears' importance as the primary voice of Britten's music and the great love of Britten's life is mentioned, but it is not really the focus of the film.
I would highly recommend this documentary for any serious fan of Britten's music, and of English music history. But it's only peripherally about their great partnership, their great marriage. Perhaps a fully-fleshed, respectful biographical film of Britten's life will come along at some point.