Poorhouse International: Programme News

hard-rule Leaving Home, Coming Home - Portrait of Robert Frank

The first ever feature-length documentary about the legendary photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank, whose work reflects his life in an unflinchingly honest way.

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hard-rule Carmina Burana

These medieval songs around the wheel of fortune have been staged and danced many a time to Carl Orff´s gripping music. The latest attempt is by Claude Brumachon for the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève and was filmed in December at the Festival de Danse in Cannes. In this version men who seem to hav

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hard-rule Franco Zeffirelli - Directing from Life

Chris Hunt´s biography will explore how Zeffirelli´s sense of drama was born out of his own experience and how his life inspired his productions. His mother was rejected by his father and young Zeffirelli witnessed huge and violent rows between them including her stabbing him. This is reflected in his legendary sta

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hard-rule Lessons from Joan

Joan Littlewood gained world fame with her musical „Oh, What a Lovely War!“ which played Broadway an amazing eight months. Walter Macintosh uses a Melbourne revival of the musical in order to revisit Joan Littlewood´s life and career assembling an astonishing number of survivors from those days in the 1960s. Her gre

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hard-rule Through Lotte's Lens

 

Tony Britten has for some years been fascinated by the profound influence that the immigrants fleeing from Nazi Germany and latterly Austria in the thirties had on the arts, sciences and business in the Unite

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hard-rule Double Take: The Art of Elizabeth King

Elizabeth King combines figurative sculpture with stop-frame animation in works that blur the boundary between actual and virtual object. Intimate in scale and made to solicit close looking her work reflects her interest in the history of the puppet, the automation, the medical model and literature´s host of legends in w

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hard-rule I, Douglas Fairbanks

 

With unlimited access to his legacy on film Clara and Julia Kuperberg will tell the life story of Douglas Fairbanks in a first person narration, drawing on film clips and newsreel footage to show tha

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hard-rule Fire and Ashes - Making the Ballet RAkU

Raku pottery prizes spontaneity in the interaction of fire and falling ashes. Raku is the title Yuri Possokhov has given his new ballet to music by Shinji Eshima. Choreographed on Yuan Yuan Tan, Damian Smith and Pascal Molat, principal dancers of the San Francisco ballet, it tells the story of a mad monk´s burning the Golden Temple in Kyoto due to Jealousy. The program contains about 30 minutes of rehearsals and intelligent explanations

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hard-rule 1984

Jonathan Watkins based his new full length choreography for Northern Ballet on George Orwell´s world famous novel “1984”, which is even more relevant today when Big Brothers watches you, whether you like it or not. 1984 brilliantly combines all the elements of music by Alex Baranowski, design, technology and dance to create an exciting new work. We invite you to on this journey with Winston Smith, Orwell´s main characte

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hard-rule Preljocaj in New York

Angelin Preljocaj´s favourite subjects are love, war and labour, perennial human themes, enriched by his careful observed details from everyday life, with a dance vocabulary strongly oriented towards physicality and sensuality. For the New York City Ballet he created “Spectral Evidence” and “La Stravaganza”, revived in 2016 for his own company and brilliantly performed at the Montpellier Dance Festival last year.

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hard-rule An Evening with Hans van Manen

Van Manen´s ballets are being performed by some 50 companies around the world. He choreographs formally, is concerned with clarity of shape, motif and development and is specially interested in gender and sexuality, role play, conflict and arousal rather than in the ideal of heterosexual romance. For a celebration at last year´s Montpellier Dance Festival he chose work from three different periods, an early “Metaforen”,

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hard-rule An Evening with Hans van Manen

Van Manen´s ballets are being performed by some 50 companies around the world. He choreographs formally, is concerned with clarity of shape, motif and development and is specially interested in gender and sexuality, role play, conflict and arousal rather than in the ideal of heterosexual romance. For a celebration at last year´s Montpellier Dance Festival he chose work from three different periods, an early “Metaforen”,

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hard-rule Pierre Boulez - A Life for Music

The suggestion of “blowing up the opera houses” in order to do away with terrible routine brought Pierre Boulez into the headlines in the 1960s. As a composer, conductor and astute cultural politician he has left his mark on our time. Without Boulez there would be no Ensemble Intercontemporain, certainly no Cité de la Musique and probably no Philharmonie de Paris. He revolutionized programming by systematically including con

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hard-rule Who has stolen the Bolero by Maurice Ravel

One of the world´s most popular classical pieces of music, Ravel´s Boléro, finally came out of copyright on May 1st, 2016. Having been played somewhere in the world every 15 minutes, Ravel´s music meant big business. But where did all the money go? Filmmaker Fabien Caux-Lahalle pieces together evidence from the creation of the piece, through the Vichy Régime, the post-war lobbying to obtain extensions of the cop

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hard-rule Bill Viola - The Road to St Paul's

Bill Viola is most likely the best known and most popular video artist of our time. Indeed, as Nicholas Serota reminds us, his work is equal or replaces the paintings of an earlier age. Filmmaker Gerald Fox is delivering here the most intimate look at an artist and his way of creating. Viola was commissioned in 2004 by St. Paul´s Cathedral in London two permanent installations: “Mary” and “Martyrs”. John Moses, th

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hard-rule Hearing is Believing

When Lorenzo DeStefano saw Rachel Flowers perform at a local jazz club, he knew he had found another interesting subject for a documentary. She is a multi-talented instrumentalist and composer born in 1993, fifteen weeks prematurely, losing her eyesight as an infant due to Retinopathy of Prematurity. Rachel has perfect pitch, plays piano, organ, flute, sings and has mastered the Braille Music Code. She is best known for her YouTube videos feat

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hard-rule Iconic Couples

A mini-series of six of Hollywood´s most attractive “Iconic Couples” with lots of never before seen footage and plenty of film clips featuring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, Jean Harlow and William Powell, Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, Barbara Stanwyck and Robert Taylor, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. This series should be attractive for any scheduler. It was commissioned over

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hard-rule Hollywood, No Sex Please!

Deep rooted religious beliefs seemingly going back to the Pilgrim Fathers’ Puritanism dominate a society which is entertained by violence no end on a daily basis. If it is true that American movies reflect American society the United States have yet another severe problem: a lack of open sexuality and eroticism. After the Hayes Code had faded away Hollywood exploited the newly found freedom in films like “Basic Instinct” and

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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 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 Escaping the Temple (Tea, Zen, Dance)

This documentary will take the audience on a search for meaning in modern China, guided by our joyful and charismatic main character Zhao Liang, one of the foremost choreographers of modern dance in China today. We follow the evolution of his new work “Escape from the Temple” with which he hopes for a break through on the international scene. But amidst public ambivalence, artistic feuds, greedy investors and international financia

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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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Poorhouse International: Highlight Programmes

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In the Tracks of...Alexandre Desplat

Alexandre Desplat won his second Oscar in 2018 for the film score of The Shape of Water (the first one being in 2015 for Grand Budapest Hotel). In this documentary we see him at work in recording sessions with George Clooney, Jacques Audiard, Roman Polanski, Peter Webber; conducting; at home with his wife and collaborator Dominique Lemonnier... Interviews with many well known directors and clips from all his big films such as Harry Potter 1 &a

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hard-rule Leaving Home, Coming Home - Portrait of Robert Frank

The first ever feature-length documentary about the legendary photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank, whose work reflects his life in an unflinchingly honest way.

This film, shot in New York and Nova Scotia where he now lives, seaml

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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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