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Actor: Sergiu Celibidache
Director: Jan Schmidt-Garre
Genres: Indie & Art House, Documentary
UR     2002     1hr 40min


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Actor: Sergiu Celibidache
Director: Jan Schmidt-Garre
Creators: Diethard Prengel, Karl Walter Lindenlaub, Edith Eisenstecken, Nina Ergang
Genres: Indie & Art House, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Biography
Studio: Facets
Format: DVD - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 05/07/2002
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 40min
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: French
Subtitles: English
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Movie Reviews

From Newtonian to Yin and Yang nature of music
fCh | GMT-5, USA | 09/07/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"At a conceptual level, this DVD is about Celibidache's take on the relationships between master and apprentice, music and its enablers, tension and resolve. Such as approached by Celibidache, these are relationships of unity whose entities resemble Yin and Yang. Sviatoslav Richter, elsewhere, put it similarly when revealing what he considered to be an achievement in painting: to be able to draw a full circle. So, Celibidache's unities are equivalent to Richter's full circle! This DVD, with the book titled Celibidache!, offers a remarkable perspective into the iconic personality of the late Maestro Celibidache. The overall statement of the package (DVD+book) is rather remarkable--profound and honest. The English subtitles on the DVD are mostly accurate. Few errors of translation made it into e.g. Celibidache's particular opinion about the American interprets of classical music is translated as an opinion about interprets of classical music in general. The book is rather simple--alas misspelled. It contributes a lot less to the economy of the package compared to the DVD yet it is still worth having.Watching this DVD, I became aware of the source of some unjust characterizations of Celibidache--chief amongst being Lebrecht's in Maestro's Myth. But, not unlike most great personalities/works Celi/this DVD feeds detractors as well as the rest."
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A remarkable insight to one of the most gifted and inspiring 20th century maestros.
One can only hope that Sony or DG, will release the DVD of the whole Bruckner 9th symphony partially featured in the movie. Celibidache's reading of that enigmatic of symphonies is more than just masterful; it is revelatory on an altogether transcendental plain."
A treasure!
fCh | 02/15/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Beautiful documentary on the legendary philosopher/guru of music. A treasure to be sure."
Behind the curtains, into the soul...
Doru Culiac | Bellevue, WA United States | 02/09/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

Just as a prophet of his own religion, Celi taught those who wanted to absorb his teachings free of charge. This revelation goes to the heart of the character that was Celi: free to do as he saw it to be true, not as he should have because the rules said it. He wasn't an easy teacher. He wasn't out there to win a popularity contest. Clear on his mission, he was out there to share his vision. It wasn't easy being his student either. To those strong enough to stick with him, he opened the doors to a different experience. A life changing one, to their own admission.

The book and the DVD complement each other well. The misspellings don't detract from the richness in content.

Serge Ioan, Celibidache the Young, the director, did a well rounded job in presenting a slice of Celibidache the Old - the conductor, the teacher, the philosopher. And luckily, he did it in time.

Just in time.

His father's message wasn't for the music world alone. In a time when free thinking is rapidly and irrevocably disappearing, he made an appeal to upkeep that sharp spiritual torch alive and healthy.

For, in the process, it builds character in humans and might shatter a few walls between them."