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Margot - Story of Margot Fonteyn

Margot - Story of Margot Fonteyn
ID: TPDVD124
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Collection: Documentary
Subcollection: Ballet

This is the story of how the most famous dancer that England has ever produced was deceived and betrayed by those closest to her; of how a little girl called Peggy Hookham, brought up in Shanghai, told her mother she would one day become the greatest dancer in the world; and of how, in spite of being almost unable to walk, she was still performing when she was 67.
It is a story of courage and tenacity, of unbelievable devotion - to her art and to those whom she loved who, in the end, left her penniless and alone, even to the extent that she was buried at first in a pauper’s grave. It is the stuff of fiction - except that it is true.

Among the ballets featured are: “Romeo & Juliet,” “Swan Lake,” “Giselle,” “The Sleeping Beauty,” “Marguerite & Armand,” and “The Nutcracker” with Rudolf Nureyev, Frederick Ashton, Robert Helpmann, Ninette De Valois, Roland Petit, Monica Mason, Lynn Seymour, Antoinette Sibley, Anthony Dowell & Beryl Grey.

Actors: Frederick Ashton, Robert Helpmann, Lynn Seymour, Rudolf Nureyev, Roland Petit
Directors: Tony Palmer

Format: Color, DVD, Widescreen, NTSC
Language: English (Stereo)
Region: All Regions
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Tony Palmer Films
DVD Release Date: October 28, 2008
Run Time: 163 minutes
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Tony Palmer's Film About The Fantastic World of Michael Crawford

Tony Palmer's Film About The Fantastic World of Michael Crawford
ID: TPDVD123
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Collection: Documentary
Subcollection: Biography Movie

Michael Crawford has starred in some of the biggest box-office hits of all time. From Frank Spencer in Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, to the original Phantom in Phantom of the Opera, both in London's West End and on Broadway; from circus showman in Barnum to EFX, the multi-million extravaganza at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the biggest hotel in the world, which he dominated for over two years, playing Merlin, Houdini and H.G.Wells, and which broke all existing box office records. He is the only actor to have won an Olivier Award as 'Best Actor' at the same time as 'Best Actor in a Musical'. And then there was Hello Dolly with Barbra Streisand, The Knack, How I Won the War with John Lennon… And all this for a man whose first stage role was in an opera by Benjamin Britten!
This is a behind-the-scenes intimate portrait of one of the funniest and most versatile of actors, whose popularity in the United States outshines any other British entertainer in the last 30 years, and whose television shows in Britain are just repeated and repeated in all English-speaking countries purely by public demand.

Actors: Michael Crawford
Directors: Tony Palmer

Format: Color, DVD, Widescreen, NTSC
Language: English
Screen (Picture) Format: 16:9
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Tony Palmer Films
DVD Release Date: November 11, 2008
Run Time: 91 minutes
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Tony Palmer’s Film About Holst - In The Bleak Midwinter

Tony Palmer’s Film About Holst - In The Bleak Midwinter
ID: TPDVD173
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Collection: Documentary
Subcollection: Biography Movie

Tony Palmer - Director, Editor
Region Code: 0, All regions, NTSC
Screen (Picture) Format: 16:9
Presentation: Wide Screen
Language: English
Time: 2:17:00
This new DVD from director Tony Palmer telling the story of Gustav Holst is the first ever film about this extraordinary composer.


The first ever film about this extraordinary man - who taught himself Sanskrit, lived on a street of brothels in Algiers, cycled into the Sahara Desert, allied himself during the First World War with a "red priest"who pinned on the door of his church "prayers at noon for the victims of Imperial Aggression," who hated the words used to his most famous tune "I Vow to Thee My Country" because it was the opposite of what he believed, who distributed a newspaper called The Socialist Worker, whose music - especially The Planets - owed little or nothing to anyone, least of all the English folk song tradition, but was a very great composer who died of cancer, broken, and disillusioned, before he was 60.
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Tony Palmer’s Film of Hail Bop! - A Portrait of John Adams

Tony Palmer’s Film of Hail Bop! - A Portrait of John Adams
ID: TPDVD158
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Subcollection: Opera

Directors: Tony Palmer
Format: Color, DVD, Widescreen, NTSC
Language: English
Subtitles: English, Dutch, Spanish, French, Italian
Region: 0, All Regions
Screen (Picture) Format: 16:9
Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Voiceprint Records
DVD Release Date: February 9, 2010
Run Time: 98 minutes

He is the most performed composer of his generation. His operas "Nixon in China" and "The Death of the Klinghoffer" have been international hits. This is an intimate portrait of a great composer at work in his High Sierra log cabin and features rehearsals with soloists Emanuel Ax and Michael Collins.

This is an intimate portrait filmed over 12 months, of a great composer at work in his High Sierra log cabin and in rehearsal with soloists Emanuel Ax and Michael Collins.
The dramatic landscapes of America, which Adams brings to life so vividly in his music, provide the visual backdrop. Contributors include stage director Peter Sellars and librettist Alice Goodman. The music has been specially recorded for the film by Edo de Waart and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic.
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Tony Palmer's Classic Film of John Osborne and the Gift of Friendship

Tony Palmer's Classic Film of John Osborne and the Gift of Friendship
ID: TPDVD150
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Collection: Popular Music

Format: Color, DVD, Widescreen, NTSC
Language: English
Region: 0, All Regions
Screen (Picture) Format: 16:9
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Tony Palmer Films
DVD Release Date: September 15, 2009
Run Time: 128 minutes

On May 8th 1956, Look Back in Anger changed theatrical history. It’s a fact. But why? And in what ways? And could it possibly be true that Osborne wrote very little else of consequence, as some of his harshest critics maintain? And what exactly did his outbursts against the world in which he found himself really represent?
Osborne believed in an England which he saw successive governments destroying, and saw himself as almost a lone voice screaming protest - it was as simple as that. But this protest was maintained at a terrible cost, to his wives, to his professional standing, to his health, to his pocket, and eventually to his own self-confidence. He made an epic journey from the most successful playwright of his generation, to a forlorn and almost forgotten figure, railing at those who preferred to ignore him. But what was really extraordinary was that throughout that journey, he never lost the fiery power of tongues.
A unique aspect of this two-hour film is the recent discovery of extracts from some of the original stage performances of Osborne’s most famous plays, material of great historical importance not seen for almost 40 years. - Laurence Olivier in The Entertainer; Albert Finney in Luther; Nicol Williamson in Inadmissable Evidence; Robert Stephens in Epitaph for George Dillon; Jill Bennett in A Patriot for Me, with a very young John Osborne as Reidl. Apart from a behind-the-scenes look at Osborne’s Oscar-winning film, Tom Jones, other contributions are from David Hare, Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, John Heilpern (Osborne’s authorized biographer), Peter Nichols, Christopher Hampton, Jocelyn Herbert, Claire Bloom, Charles Wood, Kenneth Tynan, Tony Richardson, Natasha Richardson, Lindsay Anderson, Peter Bowles, Ben Walden, Terence Frisby, Bill Bryden, Sylvia Syms, Anthony Page and the late Helen Osborne, with extracts from other plays performed by Peter Egan and Tom Hollander.

Performance Credits
Laurence Olivier -(Films)(Music) - Participant
Albert Finney -(Films)(Biography)(Music) - Participant
Nicol Williamson -(Films)(Biography)(Music) - Participant
Robert Stephens -(Films)(Biography)(Music) - Participant
Jill Bennett - Actor
John Osbourne - Actor
Richard Burton - Actor
David Hare - Participant
Kenneth Tynan - Participant
Tony Richardson - Participant
Claire Bloom - Participant
John Heilpern - Participant
Peter Nichols - Participant
Christopher Hampton - Participant
Jocelyn Herbert - Participant
Charels Wood - Participant
Natasha Richardson - Actor
Lindsay Anderson - Actor
Peter Bowles - Actor
Ben Walden - Participant
Terence Frisby - Participant
Bill Bryden - Participant
Sylvia Syms - Participant
Ben Kenwright - Participant
Robert Fox - Participant
Anthony Page - Participant
Helen Osbourne - Participant

Technical Credits
Tony Palmer - Director
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Tony Palmer's Film About Stravinsky - Once, at a Border...

Tony Palmer's Film About Stravinsky - Once, at a Border...
ID: TPDVD126
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Collection: Documentary
Subcollection: Biography Movie

Made at the request of the Stravinsky Estate to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Stravinsky’s birth, this highly-praised and award-winning film celebrates one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century. As Paul Griffiths said in The Times, “this is a wholly wonderful film…much of this portrait is a like a miraculous image, filled with the sense of Stravinsky as man and musician, above all as Russian and believer”.R ’ S a b o u tThis autobiographical film includes documents, photographs and film neverseen publicly before. Stravinsky’s three surviving children talk about their father, and there are contributions from the late Madam Vera Stravinsky, his musical associates Robert Craft, Marie Rambert, Balanchine, Benny Goodman, Serge Lifar, Jean Cocteau, Diaghilev’s secretary, Nijinsky’s daughter, Rimsky Korsakov’s granddaughter, Nadia Boulanger, Georges Auric and many friends and colleagues. Also included in the film are important performances: Les Noces, heard here for the first time in its original scoring, Petrushka, specially recreated for the film by the Bolshoi ballet in its 1911 choreography, The Rite of Spring, the Symphonies, the Violin Concerto, The Rake’s Progress, The Symphony of Psalms…and much else.

Filmed in communist Russia, France, Switzerland, Latvia, New York and Los Angeles, with the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta, Westminster Abbey Choir, the State Choir of Latvia, the National Radio Orchestra of the U.S.S.R., the Royal Ballet…… Finally, there is priceless film of Stravinsky himself, talking, remembering, conducting, at work and at home and in the room in which he actually composed The Rite of Spring, in this altogether unique portrait.

Directors: Tony Palmer
Format: Color, DVD, Widescreen, NTSC
Language: English
Region: All Regions
Screen (Picture) Format: 16:9
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Tony Palmer Films
DVD Release Date: November 18, 2008
Run Time: 166 minutes
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Tony Palmer's Film About - The Salzburg Festival

Tony Palmer's Film About - The Salzburg Festival
ID: TPDVD128
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Collection: Documentary
Subcollection: Opera

Directors: Tony Palmer
Format: Classical, Color, DVD, NTSC
Language: English
Subtitles: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Region: All Regions
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Tony Palmer Films
DVD Release Date: September 15, 2009
Run Time: 195 minutes

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 story of this remarkable Festival, set in the birthplace of Mozart, director Tony Palmer has been granted unprecedented access to Austria’s film archives. Highlights include performances of Jedermann from 1920 to the present day featuring actors such as Maximilian Schell and Klaus Maria Brandauer; Don Giovanni (with Furtwängler in 1954 and a controversial performance directed by Peter Sellars in the 90s); a wealth of footage of Herbert von Karajan, including performances and never-seen-before home movies; and film of the Nazi hierarchy at the Festival during the Second World War. Alongside this historical footage, the film interviews contemporary stars such as Placido Domingo, Valery Gergiev, Lang Lang, James Levine, Anna Netrebko, Riccardo Muti and Simon Rattle, who tell their stories and open their hearts about this unique Festival.

Technical Credits
Tony Palmer - Director, Editor
Sabine Bauer - Producer
Felix Bauer - Cinematographer
Renate Bienert - Producer
Peter Lusk Executive - Producer
Arthur Reynolds - Associate Producer
David Sigall - Associate Producer
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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.
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Tony Palmer’s Classic Film -Bird on a Wire - Leonard Cohen

Tony Palmer’s Classic Film -Bird on a Wire - Leonard Cohen
ID: TPDVD166
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Collection: Documentary
Subcollection: Rock, Pop

Actors: Leonard Cohen, Ron Cornelius, Bob Johnston, Peter Marshal, David O'Connor
Directors: Tony Palmer
Studio: Umbrella Entertainment

Region Code: DVD; NTSC; 0 all regions
Screen (Picture) Format: 16:9
Color mode: Colour, B&W, Wide Screen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
Language: English
Subtitles: Français, English
Language Note: With optional English and French subtitles.
Number of discs: 1
Run Time: 106 minutes

Leonard Norman Cohen Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, poet and novelist.

First time on DVD for this classic concert film. Originally released in 1972 and directed by celebrated British filmmaker Tony Palmer, Bird On A Wire follows Cohen on his 1972 European tour and contains 17 classic performances, four poems and tour footage. After several edits it was re-released in 1974. Like many films from the era, it was thought that the original print had been lost, but in 2009 more than 290 rolls of film in rusted cans were discovered containing much of the original rushes and soundtrack of the 1972 film. Tony Palmer was able to restore much of this footage and it is now available on DVD for the first time. Also includes a limited edition reproduction of the iconic 1972 film poster and is in deluxe digipak packaging.
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Tony Palmer’s Film About The Wagner Family

Tony Palmer’s Film About  The Wagner Family
ID: TPDVD172
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Collection: Movies

Tony Palmer - Director, Editor
Rob Ayling - Executive Producer
Region: 0 (All Regions)
Rating: E (Exempt from Certification)
Picture Format: NTSC (all)
Language: English
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Tony Palmer Films
DVD Release Date: May 17, 2011
Duration: 106 minutes


New DVD from director Tony Palmer telling the story of the Wagner family.

This brand new DVD from the acclaimed director Tony Palmer tells the controversial story of the Wagner family. It was originally broadcast in September 2009 on ITV1 as one of the final programmes of The South Bank Show and is now being made available in an extended version.
This is a film about a family, a family which has ruled the theatre in Bayreuth in southern Germany for the last 140 years, some say still the greatest theatre in the world. There's no doubt that Richard Wagner who built it was the most influential composer in the whole of the 19th Century. But his family has survived a mixture of lies, deception, fraud and dangerous political alliances. The story of this family is a soap opera that makes Coronation Street look like Noddy-in-Toyland. It’s a family - in many ways the Royal family of Germany - at war with itself.
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