Lovely and effective short capturing Wieder-Atherton's art
The first of Chantal Akerman's wonderful on screen collaborations with cellist Sonia Wieder- Atherton. This short film of Wieder-Atherton playing the title piece by Henri Dutilleux is simply, but very well shot. Akerman does a great job of capturing Wieder-Atherton's expressive playing, not just in close-ups, but in wider shots that let us watch the musician's body language as she interacts with the music and her instrument. While not flamboyant, the passion that Wieder-Atherton brings to her playing is exciting to watch, and brings a deeper level of connection to the music or at least it did to me. Available on home video from Europe as part of a terrific 2 DVD, 1 CD set of the Akerman/Wieder Atherton collaborations. (2 longer documentaries, this short, and a CD of pieces from the soundtrack of Akerman's film "A Couch in New York")
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