CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED, AWARD WINNING DOCUMENTARIES FROM FILMAMERICA Broadcast on PBS & available now on DVD
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This Special Edition DVD of “Virgil Thomson Composer” is made possible by a generous grant from the Virgil Thomson Foundation
“A Vanguard TV Documentary” San Francisco Examiner
“Mr. Thomson’s career is traced with nice touches of illumination.” The New York Times
“One of TV’s rare gems.” New York Daily News
“Displaying no false modesty – but considerable wit and charm,” wrote TV Guide, Pulitzer Prize winning composer, author, and music critic, Virgil Thomson, reflects on his long and distinguished career.
This classic documentary is a moving tribute to one of America’s foremost composers. It has been digitally remastered with restored picture and enhanced sound quality, featuring one hour of new material.
The program features Thomson at his witty and insightful best, with performances of his piano and orchestral works, including Thomson himself playing and singing a scene from his groundbreaking 1934 opera “Four Saints in Three Acts” with libretto by Gertrude Stein, its all black cast and cellophane sets, and features rare footage of the original 1934 production.
The film also includes a restored version of his irreverent and rousing “Filling Station” Ballet, recreated for this production by the San Francisco Ballet.
Friends and colleagues John Houseman, Maurice Grosser, Betty Allen, Nicolas Nabokov, and Jack Larson join Thomson as he looks back over his long and distinguished career.
The Premiere at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City introduced by
John Houseman. “Virgil Thomson At 90” new interview and performance
sequences recorded for Thomson’s 90th birthday in 1986, broadcast on
PBS. The Making of “Lord Byron.” Thomson and Librettist Jack Larson
recall the struggle to produce Thomson’s 1973 opera at Lincoln Center.
Thomson on Thomson and the State of Music.
Awards: 2 Cine Golden Eagles, Chris Statuette, Columbus Film Festival, American Film Festival