The Great Composer Series
IN SEARCH OF CHOPIN
Written and directed by Phil Grabsky
“A superb account providing an understanding of the creative impulse and how it is captured and expressed.” – The National Business Review
Chopin’s grave in Paris remains a place of pilgrimage and his music continues to sell out concert halls worldwide – but who exactly was this man who was terrified of public performance, who fled his Polish homeland for Paris never to return, took up with the most notorious transvestite in France, rarely gave public performances and, despite a life of ill-health, wrote some of the deepest and most powerful music ever written? How exactly did a young Polish boy rise to such heady heights?
For four years, award-winning Phil Grabsky travelled the globe in his quest to lay bare the life and music of Chopin. Some of the world’s best musicians provide the music, including Leif Ove Andsnes, Daniel Barenboim, Ronald Brautigam and the Orchestra of the 18th Century.
Funny, heart-breaking, inspirational – this film has been called the first to really illustrate the true nature of this remarkable and still widely-loved composer.
This film screens with the short film Concerto: The Odd Couple by Daniel Jernazian
E – Exempt from Classification
“A directorial coup – inventively filmed and coolly perceptive” – NZ Herald
“In Search of Chopin is a superb account of a driven artist, providing an understanding of the creative impulse and how it is captured and expressed” – The National Business Review
“A masterpiece” – Sydney Morning Herald
“A rich sense of detail and thrilling orchestral music… a fascinating film” – Sydney Arts Guide
“Here’s a film which can be recommended to the Chopin devotee and amateur alike” – Limelight Magazine
“Grabsky has astutely woven together an indelible portrait, offering us a rich and personal insight into Chopin the man and his music” – URBANCINEFILE