A partly dramatised account of the life of Sir Edward Elgar classical composer. Huw Wheldon narrates the life story over backdrops of beautiful mountain scenery, especially memorable is the... See full summary »

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Ken Russell

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Ken Russell, Huw Wheldon (commentary written by)
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Episode complete credited cast:
Huw Wheldon Huw Wheldon ... Himself - Commentator (voice)
Peter Brett Peter Brett ... Mr. Elgar
Rowena Gregory Rowena Gregory ... Mrs. Elgar
George McGrath George McGrath ... Sir Edward Elgar
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A partly dramatised account of the life of Sir Edward Elgar classical composer. Huw Wheldon narrates the life story over backdrops of beautiful mountain scenery, especially memorable is the image of young Elgar riding his horse around Malvern Hills. Written by Archie Moore <ar.moore@student.qut.edu.au>

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UK

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English

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11 November 1962 (UK) See more »

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Magnificent classic
10 June 2007 | by robert-temple-1See all my reviews

This is one of the greatest art documentaries ever made. The young Ken Russell was innovative in just about every aspect of this astonishing semi-documentary profile of the composer Elgar. The BBC would only let him use actors in long shots and they were not allowed to speak. However, Russell transcended those limitations with apparently effortless ease, and thereby created a new genre altogether. The final shot of the film is one of the most moving in any motion picture. Elgar's personality and vicissitudes come across powerfully, with pathos and sympathy, and an extensive and inspired use of his music. The shots of the Malvern Hills of Worcestershire as they were in 1961 are astonishing, a reminder of how irrevocably the English landscape has changed. Everyone with the slightest interest in music or in England should see this film. It is irresistible.


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