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Poet and Peasant Overture (1955)

 -  Short | Music  -  1955 (USA)
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Alfred Wallenstein conducts the MGM Symphony Orchestra in a performance of the title work.

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In the MGM concert hall, The MGM Symphony Orchestra is getting ready to perform one of the most popular pieces of orchestral music, namely 'Franz von Suppé (I)''s "Peasant and Poet" overture. The orchestra's guest conductor is Alfred Wallenstein, the musical director of 'The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra'. This film was photographed by Robert H. Planck and edited by John McSweeney Jr., with the sound recording supervised by Douglas Shearer. Written by Huggo

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Overture
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Written by Franz von Suppé
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CinemaScope musical short big on color and composition

This one reel short is sort of a primer for using the new widescreen process, CinemaScope. A full orchestra is photographed from many angles and distances as it performs this popular musical overture. Reds, blues and lavenders are richly photographed and the performance is competent. Included as a special feature on the SILK STOCKINGS DVD. The purpose no doubt was not only to entertain between features, but to instruct cinematographers how they could successfully utilize the new widescreen process, as well as instructing production designers how to select and blend color pallets, considering the clarity one could obtain in the all-encompassing long shots that were then possible.


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