Search - Tony Palmer's Film About The Salzburg Festival on DVD

Tony Palmer's Film About The Salzburg Festival
Tony Palmer's Film About The Salzburg Festival
Director: Tony Palmer
Genres: Documentary
NR     2006     3hr 15min

The Salzburg Festival has hosted every great star of the opera and concert hall, from Toscanini to Anne-Sophie Mutter, from Fischer-Dieskau to Barenboim, from Pollini to Mitsuko Uchida. In this film, the first to tell the ...  more »


Larger Image

Movie Details

Director: Tony Palmer
Genres: Documentary
Sub-Genres: Documentary
Studio: Kultur Video
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 06/27/2006
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 3hr 15min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

Similar Movies


Movie Reviews

An Extensive History Of The Salzburg Festival.
J. M WILINSKY | teaneck, NJ United States | 07/04/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This very long(193 minutes) movie covers the entire history and politics of the Salzburg Festival(and to a lessor extent, the history of Austria, itself). It covers in great detail the war years involving the Nazi occupation and the influence of anti-Semitism and the Holocaust on the conduct of the festival then and since, and the efforts to reverse the mistakes that had been made as a result. There are many interviews and clips of the performances that have taken place throughout its history. A great deal of time is spent showing and discussing the enormous influence and investment made by Herbert von Karajan, both architectually and artistically, to the festival. Many other contributors are also covered, some quite controversial. Toward the end of the movie, the future plans and aesthetic direction of the festival is dealt with in interviews with those currently at the helm. Those interviewed include politicians, administrators, and performers, both retired and active, so if you are expecting a movie that deals mostly with performance, you will be disappointed. I was somewhat suprised by the emphasis on politics chosen by Mr. Palmer, but was pleased with the overall product."
Tony Palmer's gold
J. Anderson | Monterey, CA USA | 02/01/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Another superb film by this master, and first rate in every way. Palmer spends ample time on the war years, with valuable contributions from artists, patrons, and bundles of magnificent footage, among which is auspicious footage of the building of the Grosse Festspielhaus, after Karajan forced the Salzburg government to cut loose with the funds to achieve a hall large enough for the big works. The film naturally converges on Karajan's incontestable influence on the Festival, and presents a wonderful, multi-faceted look at the courageous and controversial conductor. Some of the comments from various historians I found to be off the mark, especially one who snidely insists that Karajan was simply a Nazi. Well... that is hardly a viewpoint able to stand on its own, as a reality unto itself and separate from many contributing factors. Bohm and Furtwangler are not treated in the same way by historians, though the three conductors are generally understood to have suffered in the same way throughout the Nazi period. But Palmer should be lauded for his completeness in surveying Karajan. Christa Ludwig's remarks are funny and pungent throughout, as might be expected from this great singer. I'm always struck by the remarks of viewers who criticize films like this because they are not simply films of performances. Ignore that kind of criticism. Tony Palmer goes deep with every effort he makes, and I think this examination of one of the great music festivals in the world is one of his finest films. The length of the film is but one indicator of the depth of his presentation. It's refreshing to watch something not expected to be fathomed and disposed of in 60 minutes. If you want to really understand the Salzburg Festival, this film is the perfect place to start. Unqualified recommendation."
Palmer's movie stirs controversy in Salzburg......
Michael | 08/23/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Having visited the Salzburg Festival for the past 20 years, I'm pleased to recommend this DVD.
Although, the festival management have openly denounced the movie as inaccurate and misguided, etc., it is an excellent account of the political and artistic history of the most famous music festival in the world."
Jesse Knight | woburn ma usa | 04/14/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It is not easy to find even handed commentary on subjects such as Furtwangler and von Karajan. This DVD presents both men in a new light that is much more understanding and less judgmental. The viewer is allowed to draw his or her own conclusions. This is not to say that the NAZI legacy in Salzburg has been understated, quite the contrary.

Directors and retired singers are allowed to state their views on regietheater productions in a constructive way.

A very thoughtful summary of the festival, and where it might be headed."