Le concert

Le concert

DVD - 2016 | French
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Andrei Filipov was the greatest conductor of the famous Bolshoi Orchestra. He was fired as a conductor for not abandoning his Jewish musicians. Thirty years later, he still works at the Bolshoi; but as a janitor. One day he happens upon an invitation for the orchestra to play in Paris. He has a crazy idea. Rather than letting the director of the orchestra know about this, he will get his old musician friends together and they will go perform in Paris.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], [2016]
Edition: Widescreen.
Branch Call Number: DVD-AD FOREIGN CONC
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (123 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Le concert

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dprodrig
Feb 08, 2018

This is a ridiculous movie and yet so moving. The janitor used to be the conductor of the orchestra and he catches a fax inviting the current one to play in France. Off go the hijinks to fill an orchestra and connect with a young woman, now a famous violinist, to try and link her to her past. Full of stereotypes, somewhat predictable yet moving nevertheless.

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akirakato
Dec 14, 2017

Directed by Radu Mihăileanu in 2009, this French dramedy cuminates in the concert, which has a wobbly beginning due to the lack of rehearsals then manages to reach the conductor's ideal of spontaneous harmony once the solo violinist mesmerizes everyone with her magnificent interpretation of the solo part, which she had studied on her mother's annotated score.
The musical work has a central role in the film.
Played during the final scene is the Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 by Tchaikovsky.
Also included on the soundtrack are classical selections by Mahler, Mendelssohn, Mozart and Khachaturian.
If you're a music lover---Tchaikovsky in particular, this is a must-see.

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sakanataka
Nov 04, 2016

Bravo!!!

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imagenel
Oct 05, 2016

A musical mission impossible full of delightful suspense.
Survivors/Rocky elevated by sharp satire of ex-USSR and French bureaucracy/politics.
For those who enjoy this film, watch Marguerite, a French take on the life/career of Florence Foster Jenkins.

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Mafalda
Sep 23, 2013

Great movie! The story is good,uses humor wisely and conects wonderfully with music. I loved the final scene.

yhgeisler Jul 02, 2012

This is a gem. Hilarious, tragic, and uplifting. Insight into life in pre- and post-communist Russia as well as an antic behind the scenes glimpse of the music world.

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AndrewTerMarsch
Mar 04, 2012

Such a wonderful movie!! I laughed, I cried. Although I didn't believe the first half of the movie was outstanding, the last half more than makes up for it. The final concert fulfills all one's hopes. I can't recommend this highly enough.

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GHN
Nov 23, 2011

The indiscipline members of the orchestra cause a few suspend moments. They are successful to prove their worth at the end. It could not happen in reality. It's for dreamers!

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