Poorhouse International: Programme News

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To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan in 2013 its founder and choreographer Lin Hwai-min created this new ballet on a fusion of Asian and western classical music. The ballet reflects in sections titled Soil, Pollen, Sunlight, Grain, Fire and Water the life cycle of Rice, staple food in Asia. Pollen has the most sublime form of love making in which the bodies of the two dancers keep in touch all the way through

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hard-rule Hollywood, So French

Paris, sexy women, the French Lover, seduction and joie de vivre are a few of the clichés Hollywood perpetuates for a public somewhat jealous of the French way of life. Maurice Chevalier, one of the favourite actors of director Ernst Lubitsch, Charles Boyer, Jean Gabin and Louis Jourdan are imported to fulfil the role of French Lover. After WWII Hollywood also discovers Leslie Caron who makes Hollywood history with AN AMERICAN IN PARIS

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hard-rule Ida Lupino - Gentlemen & Miss Lupino

She was the first woman to star in a film she produced and directed. Having created her own independent production company, The Filmakers, she made low budget films with a strong social message such as NOT WANTED, NEVER FEAR, OUTRAGE and THE BIGAMIST. She also produced and directed a film noir with THE HITCH-HIKER. Another first for a woman who once said of herself to be “the poor man's Don Siegel”. Clips from her most important fi

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hard-rule Evgeny Nikitin - The Rocking Baritone

Known for his charisma and intensive performances Nikitin´s career was brutally interrupted when the Bayreuth Festival replaced him as Flying Dutchman after some of his old tattoos looking like Nazi symbols were disclosed on a video. The singer went through a deep crisis and was even considering giving up singing. Due to all the opera houses, who had contracted him for performances, none of which were cancelled, he regained confidence an

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hard-rule Ill-fated Masterpieces of European Cinema

This new four-part series by Claudia Collao is her follow-up on the successful four-parter THE DARK SIDE OF HOLLYWOOD. Who would have thought that Fritz Lang´s world famous METROPOLIS was a flop at its première, that Eisenstein´s QUE VIVA MEXICO! was never seen finished by its director, that Visconti´s OSSESSIONE only survived because the director hid a dupe negative, and that Carné´s LA FLEUR DE L’A

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hard-rule Aldwyth Assembled

Filmmaker Olympia Stone, whose recent ACTUALLY ICONIC, a film on hyperrealist Richard Estes we also distribute, has turned her eye and camera at Mary Aldwyth, the American queen of collages. We visit her extraordinary studio in a tree house on a South Carolina Island and watch her cutting out bits and pieces of printed material to create fascinating work entitled TWINKLE TWINKLE, SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK or CASABLANCA. True to her motto “

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hard-rule My Rembetika Blues

Rembetika music or Greek blues is a music born of exile and the streets. Developing its roots from the mass migration of people in the early 20th century, filmmaker M. Zournazi traces the journey of her forbearers from Smyrna in Turkey to Sidney in Australia, but discovering more than a family story, she finds out how music connects people during times of struggle and crisis. By weaving together different stories of music and migration, she do

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hard-rule Ablaze

Melbourne opera singer Tiriki Onus sets out to uncover the mystery surrounding the life of his grandfather, William Bill Onus, a charismatic Aboriginal cultural leader, entrepreneur, theatre impresario, television host and, possibly, the first indigenous filmmaker, who played a decisive part in his people´s fight for recognition. The chance discovery of an untitled 75-year-old silent film that could have been made by his grandfather sets

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hard-rule Lifeline - Clyfford Still

A new documentary, voted one of the best ten US art films in 2020, explores the complicated and uncompromising life and work of one of the great American abstract expressionists. Using home movies and more than thirty hours of recently discovered audio tape with Still reflecting on his art, the art industry, critics and contemporaries, director and art collector Dennis Scholl retraces the life of the enigmatic painter. To round off the documen

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hard-rule Les Nuits Révolutionnaires

This drama series is based on the life and works of the French writer Nicolas Restif de la Bretonne, nicknamed The Owl because of his costume and his custom to walk the streets of Paris at night during the Revolution. He recorded events but so embroidered with his imagination that they form only a background to his fantastic stories. His best known works are the sixteen volumes of Les Nuits de Paris or The Nocturnal Spectator,a picturesque and

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hard-rule Ludwig Trap Beethoven

Here is a light hearted but nonetheless profound view of the composer in ten 5- minute animated clips celebrating the genius in a different but highly entertaining way. The historical background is provided by the main conflict in Ludwig van Beethoven´s private life. He never had children of his own, but in 1815 adopted young Karl, his deceased brother's son, who turned out to be a restless young man looking for immediate gratification a

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hard-rule The Unknown Antonin Dvorak

A very private film by Vlastimil Šimůnek who takes us to the village Vysoká near Prague where Antonín Dvořák used to spend his summers in a villa, he had built and which after his death was named Rusalka after his famous opera. This house has never been opened to the public and is now being looked after by the grandson Antonín Dvořák III. He shows us around and tells us a lot things about his grandf

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hard-rule Leos Janacek - His Unique Soundscape

Leoš Janáček is one of the four great Czech composers who gained world-wide fame. His name will forever represent Czech music in the world, however there has never been a comprehensive documentary about this Moravian genius that would introduce him to contemporary international audiences. Using performance footage from the rich Czech Television and other archives we follow the development of the composer from his early adaptatio

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hard-rule Bernard Haitink - The Enigmatic Conductor

One of the best loved conductors, Bernard Haitink passed away on October 21st, 2021 at the age of 92. John Bridcut's 2020 documentary observes him at work as he prepares his final concerts. Some of the musicians he has worked with try to explain the secrets of his conducting technique, while Haitink himself talks about how his approach has changed during his 68 years in front of orchestras and gives advice to young musicians hoping to follow i

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hard-rule Sir Anthony and Hannibal Hopkins

The ARTE commissioned documentary Sir Anthony and Hannibal Hopkins” was completed just in time for Anthony Hopkins to receive his second Oscar for “The Father”. He had won his first Oscar in 1992 for “The Silence of the Lambs” and was nominated for his appearances in „Remains of the Day“ (1993), „Nixon“ (1995), „Amistad“ (1997) and „The Two Popes“ (2019) and in 2008

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hard-rule Janine Jansen - Falling for Stradivari

An unmissable, riveting documentary that follows superstar violinist Janine Jansen as she embarks on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play twelve of the greatest ever “Strads”. Directed by documentary maker Gerald Fox and accompanied in her quest by Sir Antonio Pappano, the documentary begins in Janine´s home town of Stockholm, where she is rehearsing Mendelssohn´s Violin Concerto, before moving for a hectic ten- day

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hard-rule The Last Waltz - A Portrait of Oleg Karavaichuk as an Old Man

Who is Oleg Nikolajevich Karavaichuk? Some personal data indicate that he began to compose as a child and played the piano for Stalin when he was seven. Fact is that he was born in 1927 and died in 2016. After attending the School of Music at the Leningrad Conservatory, mentored by Dmitri Shostakovich and Sviatoslav Richter, he went on to study piano with Samarii Savshinsky at the Leningrad Conservatory. Known for his provocative performances

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hard-rule Zurbaran and His Twelve Sons

Filmmaker Arantxa Aguirre with „Antonio Soler”, “Enrique Granados” and “Dancing Beethoven” to her credit, is exploring the life and work of one of the greatest painters of the Spanish Golden Age. Centrepiece of her film is Francisco de Zurbarán’s (1598-1684) “Jacob and his twelve sons”, a series of 13 paintings produced at the painter’s Seville studio during the 1630s or 1640s.

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hard-rule art21 Season 10

Season 10 of Art in the Twenty-first Century looks at art making in London, Beijing and the US-Mexico Borderlands, spotlighting artists’ unabashed engagement in the world around them. Responding to the places where they live and work, the twelve featured artists and one American artist collective create work that is both epic in scale and ambition, reflecting the artists’ belief in how art might change the world. All three document

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hard-rule Danser Casa (Dancing Casablanca)

This piece for eight dancers created in Casablanca in 2018 is the latest collaboration between Kader Attou and Mourad Merzouki, both coming from the circus school at Saint-Priest, a suburb of Lyon. The desire to take hip-hop beyond its street origins has been a driving force in their careers. In DANSER CASA they rose to the challenge of a joint creation together designed to showcase the talent of Moroccan dancers. DANSER CASA conveys the burni

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hard-rule The Dark Side of Hollywood

There are movies that make it to cult status. There are other movies that become famous box office flops and later also make it to cult status. There are movies that are never finished or mutilated and considered great by hindsight. Claudia Collao's four part series entitled "The Dark Side of Hollywood" looks at some films famous today but box office disasters at their first release or released in a form not at all corresponding to their creat

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hard-rule Ursula von Rydingsvard: Into Her Own

A very personal portrait of the American sculptor who spent parts of her childhood in German refugee camps for misplaced Polish people before she eventually settled ine the USA. Her work consists of sculpture and two-dimensional imagery and she has been exhibited throughout the world including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Art Institute of Chicago, Venice Biennale, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Storm King Art Center. Filmmaker

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hard-rule Actually Iconic - Richard Estes

This portrait gives an insight in the life and work of the photorealist painter Richard Estes, who has been admired by artists ranging from Salvador Dali to Chuck Close. Olympia Stone's documentary benefits from intimate knowledge of the artist who takes her through the various steps of his career with art work from his archive. We find out how Estes manages to create convincing three-dimensionality on a two-dimensional canvas. His m

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hard-rule Miguelito

Miguel Ángel Gonzáles Sánchez, “Miguelito”, was an eleven year old boy from Puerto Rico who helped to sustain his poor family by singing in the streets. There he was spotted by legendary American record producer Harvey Averne who took the boy under contract, produced an album entitled „Canto a Borinquen“ and arranged for a salsa concert at Madison Square Garden. Even though his songs eventually beca

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hard-rule Barbe-bleue - Bluebeard

Ludovic Halévy's and Henri Meilhac's brilliant libretto for Barbe-bleue rewrites Perrault's story as follows: Saphir and Fleurette are living as shepherds loving each other. In reality Fleurette is Hermia, the daughter of King Bobèche and Saphir a prince, who has disguised himself to be near his beloved Fleurette. Bluebeard who had recently poisoned his fifth wife sends his alchemist Popolani to the village to find a virg

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Poorhouse International: Highlight Programmes

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Iconic Couples: New episodes

Four new episodes of the successful Iconic Couples series (10 x 52') available: Ingrid Bergman & Roberto Rossellni, Monica Vitti & Michelangelo Antonioni, Steve McQueen & Ali MacGraw and Judy Garland & Vincente Minnelli


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hard-rule Bernard Haitink - The Enigmatic Conductor

One of the best loved conductors, Bernard Haitink passed away on October 21st, 2021 at the age of 92. John Bridcut's 2020 documentary observes him at work as he prepares his final concerts. Some of the musicians he has worked with try to explain the secrets of his conducting technique, while Haitink himself talks about how his approach has changed during his 68 years in front of orchestras and gives advice to young musicians hoping to follow i

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Poorhouse International: New Releases

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Now in the Cinemas: Anton Bruckner - The Making of a Giant

On the 23rd of July 2020 Arsenal Filmverleih releases Reiner E. Moritz' documentary on Anton Bruckner in cinemas Germany wide. The documentary draws on the recordings of all Bruckner symphonies by Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic at Sankt Florian. It is the first proper portrait of Bruckner in many years and features Valery Gergiev, Sir Simon Rattle, Philippe Jordan and Kent Nagano. 


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hard-rule Now out on DVD: The Anton Bruckner Box

Reiner E. Moritz' portrait of Anton Bruckner - The Making of a Giant - has been released world-wide as part of a Bruckner Box by Arthaus Musik:

745 min. on 6 DVDs including all Symphonies with Valery Gergiev conducting the Munich Philharmonic and "Anton Bruckner: The Making of a Giant".

 


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hard-rule Out now: Barbe-bleue by Jacques Offenbach

Opus Arte released the Opera de Lyon production of Jacques Offenbach's Bluebeard on DVD and Bluray together with Reiner Moritz' portrait of the composer "Tales of Offenbach", 58', which is also available from Poorhouse. 


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