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Orchestra Rehearsal (1978)
"Prova d'orchestra" (original title)

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An orchestra assmbles for a rehearsal in an ancient chapel under the inquisive eyes of a TV documentary crew, but an uprising breaks out.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Balduin Baas ...
Conductor
Clara Colosimo ...
Harp player
Elizabeth Labi ...
Piano player
Ronaldo Bonacchi ...
Bassoon player
Ferdinando Villella ...
Cello player
Franco Iavarone ...
Bass tuba player (as Giovanni Javarone)
David Maunsell ...
First violin
Francesco Aluigi ...
Second violin
Andy Miller ...
Oboe player
Sibyl Mostert ...
Flute player
Franco Mazzieri ...
Trumpet player
Daniele Pagani ...
Trombone player
Luigi Uzzo ...
Violin player
Cesare Martignon ...
Clarinet player
Umberto Zuanelli ...
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In a Medieval Roman chapel, now an oratorio, an elderly factotum sets up for rehearsal. The musicians arrive, joking and teasing. A union shop steward explains that a TV crew is there, talking to them is optional, and there will be no extra compensation. Musicians talk about their instruments. The German conductor arrives and puts them through their paces. He yells, he insults. The shop steward calls a 20 minute break. The conductor retreats to his dressing room and talks about how the world of music has changed, moving away from respect for the conductor. He returns to the rehearsal to find the orchestra in full revolt. What can bring them back to the music? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The Decline of the West in C# Major

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22 February 1979 (Italy)  »

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When they are interviewing the first violinists, you can see that the harpist in the background is not playing but you can hear harp music playing. See more »

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Great depiction of power struggle with excellent music
26 May 2006 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This movie is one of my all-time favourites: through the "metaphor" of music, a universal picture of a power struggle is shown. Although this may appear 'thin', many layers of this struggle are peeled off. The German (looking) conductor appears to portray an easy comparison to Adolf Hitler, but another could be to Herbert von Karajan, the dictatorial conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker. And then there is the great music score, that still lingers in my head, although I have not been able to find a recording of it (CD/LP?)(after almost 30 years!). I saw this movie again some years ago and it does not look dated. While I am not a Fellini adept and this movie was seen as one of his minor ones, this is a real classic to me.


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