Fascinating portraits, just £12.99 each with free delivery, or buy all four for £40
"Nothing quite prepares the Palmer novice for the ferocity and daring and the intense subjective raptures of work that still have to be classified as 'documentary'." - David Thomson
Enjoy essential portrait films and documentaries of key composers, musicians and singers from the multi-award winning director of All You Need is Love and over 100 films and documentaries.
The tragic story of Doria Manfredi and her relationship with Giacomo Puccini was suppressed for almost 80 years by either Puccini’s publisher, Ricordi, or his family (or both). Here, Palmer’s Puccini juxtaposes a dramatization of this tragic story with footage from his controversial 1984 production of Turandot for the Scottish National Opera. Written by Charles Wood (Wagner), the film features a superb cast, including actress Virginia McKenna as Elvira Puccini, and the late Sir Robert Stephens in the title role.
Maria Callas: La Divina
The definitive portrait of the operatic diva Maria Callas. Although she died 30 years ago at just 53, her records today outsell every other recorded classical artist. She admitted that hers was not the most beautiful voice, but she sang from the heart, without artifice and with astonishing power.
Hail Bop! - A Portrait of John Adams
An intimate portrait of the legendary composer John Adams. Filmed over 12 months, the film captures John Adams at work in his High Sierra log cabin and in rehearsal with soloists Emanuel Ax and Michael Collins. The dramatic landscapes of America, which Adams brings to life so vividly in his music, provide the visual backdrop.
Mitsuko Uchida: Mozart in Japan
Tony Palmer's film of the triumphant return of the Japanese pianist Mitsuko Uchida to her homeland in 1986, following her ecstatically received European performances of all 27 Mozart Piano Concertos. Tony Palmer went with her on her triumphant return to her homeland. East met West on a truly memorable occasion to make a prize-winning film.
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