MUSIC AND IMAGE
Saturday 12th November 11.00am
MARK KIDEL is an award-winning film-maker and writer whose work focuses mainly on the arts. A founding producer at BBC’s Arena, he has since made films for many European broadcasters, especially in France, with subjects as diverse as melancholia; an exploration of death, loss and memory; Paris’s brothels; and five ground-breaking films on architecture and symbolism. He has a close association with Dartington College and the Dartington Conference, and has co-edited three books, The Meaning of Illness, Learning by Doing and Dartington. He has written extensively about rock music in the national press.
Many of his films explore the lives of musicians and the transformative power of music in people’s lives, from classical to rock, world music to hip hop. Today he will show LEON FLEISHER: LESSONS OF A MASTER, the extraordinary life of Artur Schnabel’s star piano pupil, and how he has overcome the 30-year paralysis of his right hand. It won the top classical music film award in France, and Mark will use it as a foundation from which to discuss the subtle interrelationships between music and image.
‘I am always aware that music can be enhanced by images just as images may become more meaningful when accompanied by music. Much of it depends on listening and watching attentively while filming, but above all on being re-enchanted by the rushes, stolen from real life, during the process of editing. Both deeply imbued with poetry, film and music making are very similar forms of expression.’ Mark Kidel
RAVI SHANKAR: BETWEEN TWO WORLDS
a portrait of the century’s most important
Indian classical musician.
Mark’s third film with Alfred Brendel,
SET THE PIANO STOOL ON FIRE (2010) will play at the cinema at 7.30pm on Wednesday 9th November
as part of a double bill.