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Holst: Ken Russell's View of The Planets

Holst: Ken Russell's View of The Planets

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The Planets by Gustav Holst is one of the best-loved twentieth century pieces by a British composer. Ken Russell has taken a brilliant performance of this work, with Eugene Ormandy conducting The Philadelphia Orchestra, and illustrated The Planets with passages from a mass of documentary material. Russell’s work in fi lm and television has been dazzling and controversial, though often full of charm and insights. His feature fi lm credits include The Music Lovers, Women in Love, Mahler, The Devils, Savage Messiah, Liztomania, Valentino and Tommy. In this fi lm from 1983 he presents his visual interpretation of Holst’s music. Written in seven movements, each describes the character of a planet: Mars – forceful and assertive; Venus – love of all things beautiful; Mercury – eloquent; Jupiter – buoyant and hopeful; Saturn – enduring; Uranus – eccentric and unexpected; and Neptune – subtle and mysterious. Russell’s view of The Planets is provocative, stimulating, inventive, entertaining and wonderfully watch-able, with “images that are beautiful, frightful and imaginative”.

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Official Release Date Mar 25, 2016
Starring Ken Russel, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy
Director Ken Russell
Screen Format Widescreen
Video Format 1.37:1
Audio PCM Stereo
Language English
Subtitles English
Year 1983
Running Time 53 minutes
Genre Documentary
Version  US
PAX-Code PAX0007908434
Item Code  4058407091691


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