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Tony Palmer’s Film of The Space Movie music by Mike Oldfield - 10th anniversary of moon landing

Tony Palmer’s Film of The Space Movie music by Mike Oldfield - 10th anniversary of moon landing
ID: VPDVD30
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Collection: Documentary
Subcollection: Education

Directors: Tony Palmer

Format: Color, DVD, Import, NTSC
Region: 0, All Regions
Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
Subtitles: Italian
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Screen (Picture) Format: 16:9
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Voiceprint UK
DVD Release Date: July 10, 2007

"This film was made in 1979 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the moon landing. NASA and The United States National Archive released all of this footage for the very first time including unseen film of the lunar landscape, life on the spacecraft, Mars, Venus and beyond. Included are the conversations between the astronauts and ground control in Houston. The films soundtrack was written, arranged and performed by Mike Oldfield. He used extracts from his ground-breaking symphonic tone-poems such as Tubular Bells and Hergest Ridge and wound these in and out of the NASA soundtracks together with new music. The result is a unique soundtrack for a unique film."

Courageous explorers and pioneers walk in our midst and we take them for granted. This thought occurred in the light of the January 2011 shooting of US congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Her husband Mark E. Kelly was described as "an astronaut".

There was a time in the living memory of many when that job simply didn't exist. Then it became a glamour profession and we knew the names of those who went into space . . . and, soon enough, simply took them for granted.

Men and women floated around in space -- they are right now -- and never even made the nightly news.

Sometimes they would appear in films as heroic but human figures (Apollo 11) and in others as the grumpy neighbourhood guy (Jack Nicholson's character in Terms of Endearment). The explorers of space, the pioneers who stepped into a world beyond our own, became normalised.

Of course they were always human, but in the Sixties -- especially with the Apollo 11 mission which put a man on the moon -- they were heroes.

Just before the 10th anniversary of the moon landing in '79, Nasa approached British doco maker Tony Palmer to make a film about that historic mission. One of the Nasa guys had seen Palmer's music series All You Need is Love and thought they could make a sort of space/moon doco with rock music.

When Palmer met with Nasa -- the recent interview footage here is the bonus, the affable Palmer with a bottle of Jacob's Creek red wine at his side -- he asked how much footage they had of the mission.

"About 40 miles" was the reply.

From this Palmer made his film which, at the time, was breathtaking for its previously unseen footage and the innovative use of music by Mike Oldfield, the last musician to appear in All You Need is Love and hot at the time as Palmer concedes.

Viewed today when we have seen more footage, watched a space shuttle explode, seen dozens of films set in the final frontier and CGI-ed into thrilling reality, and had the pioneers and explorers reduced to caricature or the partner of a congresswoman, The Space Movie doesn't have quite the same frisson.

The footage of Kennedy announcing the goal of putting a man (American) on the moon, the explosive early failures, the "space race", the dialogue between the USA and USSR, and finally the Apollo 11 mission is still interesting of course. As is the footage of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin clowning around on the lunar surface, and the joking between them and Houston space centre.

But the transfer to DVD isn't sharp and the use of Oldfield's music (new pieces but some from Tubular Bells and Hergest Ridge) is variable: sometimes it captures the excitement or reflective images, at other times it seems at odds and intrusive.
14.00 eur Buy

Mendelssohn, the Nazis and Me

Mendelssohn, the Nazis and Me
ID: CPVP020DVD
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Subcollection: Education

Format DVD
Region Code: All NTSC
Screen (Picture) Format: 16:9
Sound: Stereo
Language: English
Color mode: Colour / Combine a Color and Black and White
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Classification: E
Duration: 59 min
Release Date 5th October 2009


The extraordinary story of what happened to Felix Mendelssohn's music and reputation under the Nazis, told by Sheila Hayman, award winning director and descendant of Mendelssohn's sister Fanny.

'Writer-director Sheila Hayman's articulate, radiantly intelligent film' (Financial Times)
'This entrancing film succeeded as a personal and justifiably proud celebration' (Scotsman)
'A tangled tale...presented absolutely compellingly by Sheila Hayman' (Guardian)
'A fascinating film that tells how, despite its best efforts, the Third Reich could not extinguish Germany's love of Mendelssohn's work' (Observer)

Performance Credits:
Daniel Hope - (Films) Participant
Steven Isserlis - (Films) Participant
Asaf Levy - (Films) Participant
Larry Todd - (Films) Participant

Technical Credits
Sheila Hayman - Director, Screenwriter
16.00 eur Buy

Silent Wagner - Richard Wagner

Silent Wagner - Richard Wagner
ID: TPDVD171
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Subcollection: Education

Directors: Carl Frohlich
Commentary: Tony Palmer

Format: DVD, NTSC, Widescreen
Region: 0, All Regions, NTSC
Number of discs: 1
DVD Release Date: December 6, 2011
Run Time: 82 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Sound: Stereo
Classification: E (Exempt from Certification)
Release Date 17th October 2011

The film ‘The Life and Works of Richard Wagner’, directed by Carl Fröhlich, was first released on 20th November 1913. It was the first ever ‘bio-pic’, and as such about who else but Wagner? What is extraordinary, however, is that it predates D.W.Griffiths and ‘Birth of a Nation’, usually described as the first ‘long’ silent, at a time when the great majority of silents ran for 10 minutes at most. Fröhlich’s film runs for over 80 minutes! The DVD includes commentary from acclaimed director Tony Palmer.
Starring Giuseppe Becce as the composer (he later became a distinguished composer himself for almost 100 talkies), and made when Wagner’s widow Cosima was still omnipotent in Germany, it raises the question for instance of who exactly was Wagner’s father? Was it Ludwig Geyer, the Jew? Fröhlich went on to have a chequered career. A member of the Nazi party from 1933, he was eventually appointed President of the Reichsfilmkammer, the Nazi trade organisation which controlled access to all film activities. At the end of the war he was arrested and, although de-Nazified in 1948, his studio having been badly damaged during the war never resumed production. His films were then confiscated by the Federal Republic! This film has been fully restored from the original print and keeping the authentic tints to ensure it is as close to what Carl Fröhlich would have wanted.
16.00 eur Buy

 
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