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Music For the Movies-Toru Takemitsu

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This is an in-depth look into the works of Japanese film composer Toru Takemitsu, who is recognized as one of the most important and groundbreaking composers in the history of Japanese music. He has been honored around the world for his contributions to the music of Japanese cinema by organizations such as the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the Flanders International Film Festival in Belgium. This program contains interviews with Takemitsu and many noted Japanese film directors, plus clips from many of the films that Takemitsu scored over his 40 year film career.


Studio Kultur
SKU 204969815
UPC 032031417991
UPC 14 00032031417991
Format DVD
Release Date 9/25/2007
Name Takemitsu,Toru
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Cast & Crew
Bernardine Colish - Editor
Charlotte Zwerin - Director
Charlotte Zwerin - Editor
Christine Le Goff, et. al. - Producer
Hiroshi Teshigahara - Featuring
Masahiro Shinoda - Featuring
Mike Kobayashi - Featuring
Toru Takemitsu - Original Music By
Toru Takemitsu - Featuring
Toyomichi Kurita - Cinematographer
ReviewSource Variety
Review Upscale movie buffs as well as film-music aficionados will get a charge out of this second installment in the ongoing "Music for the Movies" portraits of celluloid composers. Hourlong item is as much a reflection on '60s-'70s Japanese new wave cinema as a slice 'n' dice job on musician Toru Takemitsu himself...Cleanly shot on Hi-Vision (with a 35mm transfer in the works), pic is from the opposite end of the spectrum to Joshua Waletzky's series opener, "Bernard Herrmann." Where the latter was an exhilarating, head-to-toe portrait of a late icon, propelled by Herrmann's motor-rhythmic music, director Charlotte Zwerin, who made the first-rate 1988 jazz docu "Thelonious Monk: Straight No Chaser," takes her stylistic cue from the still-living Takemitsu's spare sonorities and authentic Nipponese responses...Takemitsu comes over as a friendly but withdrawn aesthete, with a love of movie composing equaled only by the extraordinary latitude granted by his employers.
Reviewer Derek Elley
ReviewRating 8
Product Attributes
Actor Takemitsu,Toru
Label Kultur
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Derek Elley, Variety Upscale movie buffs as well as film-music aficionados will get a charge out of this...
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