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In Search of Mozart (PG*)

Afternoon Arts

A portrait of Mozart

Produced with the world’s leading orchestras, this documentary takes you on a 25,000-mile journey along every route Mozart followed.

This is a detective story that takes us to the heart of genius, without resorting to docu-drama or re-enactment, tracing Mozart’s life through his music and correspondence.

Over 80 works are featured in chronological order, revealing striking parallels between the music and Mozart’s own experiences. The music takes centre stage, with the jigsaw of Mozart’s life fitting around it. Through musicologists and experts such as Jonathan Miller, Cliff Eisen, and the late Stanley Sadie, a new, vivid impression of the composer emerges.

It dispels the many common myths about Mozart’s genius, health, relationships, death and character to present a new image very different from Milos Forman’s Amadeus.

On its first release the film played in some cinemas for 6 months and remains many people’s – including classical musicians’ – favourite film on Mozart.

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UK 2006 Dir Phil Grabsky 129 min

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