As the 100 members of the MGM Symphony Orchestra take their seats, an off-screen narrator introduces the music and provides the credits to the cinematographer, editor, and sound supervisor. The music is Otto Nicolai's "Overature to the Merry Wives of Windsor," conducted by Johnny Green in the MGM Concert Hall. Green and the other men are in white tie and tails, the four women are in black. Most of the film consists of long takes, slow pans, some camera movement including crane shots, as well as zooming slowly out and in. Green conducts, the orchestra plays, and the film ends. Written by
CinemaScope is great for filming orchestral works.
MGM was heralding the CinemaScope process with this short Oscar-winning film. It is ideal for filming symphony orchestras, since a low angle shot can capture the entire orchestra. One impressive shot showed all 8 bass violins lined up in a row, in a relative closeup. The music was good too, but secondary to the purpose of the film.
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