Poorhouse International: Programme News

hard-rule Adam Ant - The Blueblack Hussar

Adam Ant was one of the quintessential icons of the 80s with three no. 1 hits in the UK alone and as Prince Charming voted by an MTV poll “the sexiest man in America”, until his demons struck and he had to undergo psychiatric treatment for manic depression.
Director Jack Bond, in an extraordinary fly on the wall documentary, captures Adam Ant's brave come-back after years of mental health problems. In Adam's new persona, &ldqu

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hard-rule Les Amants Magnifiques

This collaboration of two 17th century geniuses, Molière and Jean-Baptiste Lully, was brought about by Louis XIV, who commissioned this royal entertainment for the carnival season of 1670. It was only performed once at Saint-Germain-en-Laye and has not been seen ever since. The piece is a typical mixture of words, music and dance. The performance lasts for about 150 minutes of which 90 minutes is gorgeous music. The fairy tale story len

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hard-rule An Art that Nature Makes

Finding unexpected beauty in the discarded and decayed, photographer Rosamond Purcell has developed a body of work that has provoked international attention, graced the pages of National Geographic and more than twenty books. Molly Bernstein´s film details Purcell´s fascination with the natural world – from a mastodon tooth to a hydrocephalic skull – offering insights into Purcell´s unique way of re-contextualizin

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hard-rule Aquagranda

Venetian film director Giovanni Pellegrini seized the opportunity to make a documentary about La Fenice's commissioning of an opera by Filippo Perocco to commemorate fifty years after the flood, in which he explores the relations Venetians have with the water surrounding them. The new opera proves once again La Fenice's role as a cutting-edge institution premiering work by contemporary composers from Stravinsky to Kagel and Britten to Maderna

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hard-rule Meaningful Songs

We all know about colourful folklore from Latin America but few know about the life stories of Mercedes Sosa or Armando Tejada Gomez, two of the founding members of the „Nuevo Cançionero”, a movement for “meaningful songs” in the Argentinian atmosphere of increasing oppression. Mercedes Sosa, also called “La Negra” made it quite clear what she and her followers meant by “meaningful songs”:

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hard-rule Braille Music

Exploring the history of blind musicianship filmmaker Michael House travelled to visit L’institut national des jeunes aveugles and L´association Valentin Haüy in Paris where so much of the Braille legacy is alive and in practice, not only his system of writing but also his musical classroom and his organ teaching classes. Inspired by the visit Michael House decided to pay homage to Braille by finding out how the system called

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hard-rule Sound of Redemption - The Frank Morgan Story

In 2012 a special concert in honour of sax player Frank Morgan was held at the San Quentin State Prison. A band led by Delfeayo Marsalis, trombone, was performing music by Thelonius Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and McCoy Tyner for inmates and guests, all chosen from the many albums Frank Morgan recorded. Marsalis between numbers told the story of Frank Morgan´s life (1933 – 2007), who became a drug addict early on and was

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hard-rule Trent Parke: The Black Rose

Trent Parke was borne in 1971 and raised in Newcastle, New South Wales. Using his mother´s Pentax Spotmatic and the family laundry as darkroom, he began taking pictures when he was about 12 years old. Today, Parke, the only Australian photographer to be represented by Magnum, works primarily as a street photographer. He has won numerous national and international awards including four World Press Photo Awards. His “Minutes to Midni

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hard-rule Sydney Nolan: Mask and Memory

This is a painter who, according to the Times, “added Australian colour to British art”. Born in 1917 of Irish parents in Melbourne during the Great Depression in Australia, he was almost self-taught, studying design at college in Melbourne and sporadically attending night classes at art college. Having achieved some popularity with his series of paintings on the Australian outlaw and folk hero Ned Kelly, Nolan travelled the world

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hard-rule Hollywood Spies

Spymasters throughout the 20th century, and particularly during times of conflict, thought it advantageous to enlist the services of celebrities who had high level and powerful admirers in various industries, many with easy access to politicians and high ranking government officials. Cary Grant spied on Errol Flynn, who apparently had Nazi leanings, Greta Garbo, almost singlehandedly, saved most of the Jewish population of Denmark, while Marle

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hard-rule Harry Seidler - Modernist

Harry Seidler was born to Jewish parents in Austria. As a child he was sent to Canada where he studied architecture. Later he followed his parents to Australia where he made a career shaping Sydney's skyline. He was considered one of the leading Modernists and the first architect to fully follow the Bauhaus rules. 

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hard-rule Glenn Murcutt - Spirit of Place

This is not only a beautiful film about an inspiring architect who has won many prizes including the most prestigious one, the Pritzker, but also a topical film, as it accompanies Murcutt's first big public commission, a Mosque for the Moslem community of Newport, Melbourne. Despite  initial reservations against a modern building Murcutt establishes a very close personal relationship with the community and the project is entirely financed

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hard-rule Art:21 Season 8

For the first time in the show´s history, the episodes are not organized around an artistic theme. Instead the 16 featured artists are grouped by their unique and revealing relationship with the places they live in: Chicago, Los Angeles, Mexico City and Vancouver. The artists share universal experiences through their life stories and creative work: resistance, pleasure, mortality, and the hope for a better tomorrow. Each episode highligh

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hard-rule Hollywood Gossip

As the recently released movie „Trumbo“ amply proves, columnists like Louella Parsons and Hedda Hopper made or broke Hollywood talent and shamelessly exploited their power. Clara and Julia Kuperberg have dug up wonderful footage which does show both of these gossip mongers in action. Their power was such that Louella Parsons more or less singlehandedly destroyed Orson Welles´ masterpiece “Citizen Kane” while Hedda

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hard-rule Gene Tierney - A Forgotten Star

Gene Tierney´s life story would perfectly lend itself to a screenplay for a successful Hollywood movie with herself starring in it. She grew up in a well-to-do middle class family and began to write poetry at an early age. On a trip to Los Angeles she was taken on a tour through the Warner Studios. When Anatole Litvak spotted her, he said to her mother: “she ought to be in pictures”. A screen test was arranged and a contract

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hard-rule Billy Wilder - Nobody's Perfect

„Nobody is perfect“ is the closing line from „Some Like it Hot“ which many film buffs consider to be the best comedy of all time. Wilder with six Oscars to his credit once modestly remarked: “Eighty percent of a picture is writing, the other twenty percent is the execution, such as having the camera on the right spot and being able to afford to have good actors in all parts.” Clara and Julia Kuperberg draw i

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Poorhouse International: Highlight Programmes

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October 1917

Produced in 2007 for ARTE this two-parter on the Russian Revolution has been licensed again for broadcast and DVD release in several territories to celebrate the Centennary. Director Paul Jenkins unearthed new evidence to show involvement of members of the Aristocracy and the Tsarist Army in a coup that shook the world. He also interestingly found out that most artists did not promote the revolution but jumped the band wagon once Lenin was suc

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hard-rule Sydney Nolan: Mask and Memory

This is a painter who, according to the Times, “added Australian colour to British art”. Born in 1917 of Irish parents in Melbourne during the Great Depression in Australia, he was almost self-taught, studying design at college in Melbourne and sporadically attending night classes at art college. Having achieved some popularity with his series of paintings on the Australian outlaw and folk hero Ned Kelly, Nolan travelled the world

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hard-rule Claude Debussy

In 2018 the musical world will commemorate the 100th anniversary of French composer Claude Debussy, one of the towering figures in 20th century music whose influence stretches right up to Pierre Boulez. Metropolitan commissioned a very good film from Georges Gachot in 2000 which has lost none of its charm. We learn about the life of the composer through writings of contemporaries and friends. Archive footage from Paris around 1900 creates a fi

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Poorhouse International: New Releases

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Art:21 - now out on DVD

The successful long running PBS series Art:21 has now been released on DVD Europe wide by Arthaus Musik. The first episode Change hit the shelves in spring 2013 and was followed by 23 more episodes monthly featuring over 90 contemporary artists. For more information on this DVD or any other Poorhouse programmes released by Arthaus please go to www.arthaus-musik.com. 


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hard-rule Caravaggio - From Darkness into Light - out on DVD in Germany

Absolut Medien have released Jean-Michel Meurice's documentary on Caravaggio, which sheds new light on the life and work of the painter (1571-1610). We still know very little about "the first modern artist", Michelangelo Merisi from the Lombardian village Caravaggio. At the age of 20 he moved to Rome where he sooned gained a reputation painting for influentual patrons. After accidentally killing somebody in a brawl he was on the run. He fled t

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