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The first part of this Academy Award-winning short consists of a behind-the-scenes look at the Los Angeles... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Zubin Mehta ... Himself - Conductor

Directed by
William Fertik 
Allan Miller 
Produced by
William Fertik .... producer
Allan Miller .... producer
Cinematography by
Michael A. Jones 
Film Editing by
Sarah Stein 
Sound Department
Ronald G. Cogswell .... sound mixer

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26 min

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Zubin Mehta conducts his orchestra playing "Bolero", 20 March 2004
Author: james a derrick ( from Alexandria, Virginia

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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