The first part of this Academy Award-winning short consists of a behind-the-scenes look at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra as it prepares to perform Ravel's "Bolero." Individual ... See full summary »

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The first part of this Academy Award-winning short consists of a behind-the-scenes look at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra as it prepares to perform Ravel's "Bolero." Individual musicians offer their thoughts as workers set up chairs and music stands; there are also comments by conductor Zubin Mehta and scenes of Mehta and the orchestra rehearsing. The rest of the film features a complete performance of "Bolero" with striking images of the orchestra as the music relentlessly approaches its climax. Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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Boléro
Written by Maurice Ravel
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Zubin Mehta conducts his orchestra playing "Bolero"
20 March 2004 | by (Alexandria, Virginia) – See all my reviews

If you do not like classical music, avoid this film like the plague. If you do like this music, you should try and obtain a copy - it is available from Pyramid Media. I believe that it should be mandatory viewing for any high school or university student in an orchestra.

The first part of the film consists of short conversations with Maestro Zubin Mehta and members of his orchestra concerning Bolero. This gives insights into how various instruments and sections of the orchestra work together on Ravel's famous masterpiece. The second part consists of the orchestra performing the work. The close-ups of various members gives you a view that simply cannot be seen in a concert hall. This is absolutely one of the best short films I have ever seen, and it fully deserved the Oscar that it won.


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