Notes & Reviews:
"First of all, there was the interview - which is not an interview at all, as I do not believe I asked her a single question. Let us, rather, call it a conversation that took place at dead of night, without a spotlight or make-up - a single ‘night-time conversation’ recorded as if by miracle on the magnetic tape of a comer that would then become the very heart of this film." -Georges Gachot
It took the French film director Georges Gachot 20 years to convince the very private and elusive Martha Argerich to agree to appear on camera for this intimate portrait. The resulting film pays tribute to this great pianist's 40-year career with a blend of informal conversations and superb performance footage. It also contains rare archival material from across the globe including footage from her 1957 First Prize win at the Geneva Competition when she was just 16.
BBC Music Magazine
... any lover of great pianism will find enormous pleasure here. The longest sequence is a rehearsal of the Schumann Piano Concerto, which she plays with ecstatic involvement, bringing the orchestra to glowing life with her absorption and dedication.
The resulting 63-minute film-portrait offers valuable insight into her musical intuition and charisma. The one-time Latin beauty has turned into a sexagenarian of dignity, warmth and wisdom, qualities she now gladly imparts to a younger generation.
Run Time: 101 min.
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DD 5.1 Surround
Subtitles: Dutch, English, French, Spanish
Country of Origin: USA
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