A partly dramatised account of the life of Sir Edward Elgar classical composer. Huw Wheldon narrates the life story over backdrops of beautiful mountain scenery, especially memorable is the... See full summary »

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Huw Wheldon ...
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A partly dramatised account of the life of Sir Edward Elgar classical composer. Huw Wheldon narrates the life story over backdrops of beautiful mountain scenery, especially memorable is the image of young Elgar riding his horse around Malvern Hills. Written by Archie Moore <ar.moore@student.qut.edu.au>

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11 November 1962 (UK)  »

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A masterpiece that made director Ken Russell a household name back in the early 1960's.
26 April 2000 | by (Tuross Head) – See all my reviews

A wonderfully evocative film which remains vivid to this writer even though I have not seen this TV production for many years. At the time it set a standard for sympathetic dramatisation of the lives of musical icons. This work is light years away from Ken Russell's later excursions into cinematic pyrotechnics and excesses, but the roots of that curiosity about musical genius is clear in "Elgar".

If you have seen "Hilary and Jackie", you will want to see this moving film that tells the story of the composer of the piece of music that Jacqueline Du Pre will always be associated with: Elgar's Cello Concerto.


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