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The Bolero (1973)

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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Written by Maurice Ravel
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Good teaching/experience
5 November 2008 | by See all my reviews

I've commented previously on "Bolero" and have tried to locate a DVD. Pyramid Media does have it, however the cost, hundreds of dollars, seemed a bit much. Well, I found "The Bolero" at a web site entitled, "first run features" for only $14. The print is good. It was good watching it again with two of my grandsons. A great teaching/learning experience. Even though the movie is dated (1973), it is still a wonderful tool to explain the workings of the orchestra and the preparation that goes into a polished performance. While teaching in New Jersey, I showed "The Bolero" many times to many classes of students grade 7 & 8.. The students were awed by the piece and the cinematography. I recommend this short movie, which won an academy award in 1973 for best short subject.


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