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A Film by János Darvas

Igor Stravinsky

"His symphonies brought modernist sensibilities into classical music and caused riots at their premieres. Igor Stravinsky was one of the most significant figures of the 20-century artistic landscape, and his larger-than-life stature is both confirmed and rebuked in János Darvas's intimate portrait. Stringing together black-and-white archival footage like arias in a movement, Darvas captures Stravinsky laughing with his wife and hanging out with Nabokov, Giacometti, and George Ballanchine; returning to his native Russia some 50 years after he left the motherland; and, at 83, still yelling at musicians. By turns poignant and buoyant, it's a rare and fascinating look at the puckish man behind the legend and his discordant legacy."

The San Francisco Bay Guardian
October 2, 2002

Igor Stravinsky

"Janos Darvas offers an extraordinary look at one of the 20th century's most influential composers and cultural icons. From 1910 to 1913, Igor Stravinsky revitalized Western music with a troika of innovative ballets and orchestral suites (The Firebird Suite, Petrushka and The Rite of Spring) that ushered in the modern music period. Assembled entirely from black-and-white archival footage, Igor Stravinsky, Composer is an amazing work that allows us glimpses of the maestro's fascinating relationships with many of the century's other great artists and politicians (among them, Alberto Giacometti, Nabokov, Picasso, JFK). Darvas also charts Stravinsky's world travels and his return to Russia after an incredible 50-year absence, creating an unparalleled portrait of an unrivalled impresario and his social milieu."

G. Cahill
California Film Institute

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, 53 min
Digital Betacam
 4:3 stereo


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