Poorhouse International: Programme News

hard-rule Patinir - The Invention of Landscape

We know very little about Joachim Patinir who had so much influence on following generations of painters. His trade mark was high skylines and great spatial depth. Joachim Patinir worked in Antwerp from 1515 until his death in 1524. He arguably was the first European artist to specialize in painting landscapes. In this documentary filmmaker Miguel Angel Trujillo deals with the enigma of the painter Joachim Patinir of whom scant biographical de

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hard-rule EL Greco - Painter of the Invisible

For many people the name of El Greco conjures up visions of brightly coloured paintings dominated by strangely proportioned figures with elongated bodies. Why did he paint in such a peculiar way? And who would have wanted to purchase such bizarre compositions? This documentary shows El Greco in his historical context in order to understand him as the creator of a new artistic language. Building on his experience as painter of icons, his major

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hard-rule Rubens - The Spectacle of Life

Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) was the most admired painter of his time, an eminent humanist, courtier and diplomat. His overwhelming talent and refined personality earned him fame, fortune and happiness. Very few painter of the 17th century were as influential as he was among his peers, or had a similar degree of success.This holds neither true for Velázquez, Rembrandt or Vermeer. In spite of this, Rubens can seem distant to us today. M

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hard-rule John Russell - Australia's Lost Impressionist

John Russel was handsome, wealthy, debonair and, being Australian, quite exotic in 19th century France. Yet despite his own accomplishments and his pivotal role in the development of modern art, his name and his art have been largely gone unrecognized outside rarefied art circles. Catherine Hunter's documentary explores his legacy on 20th century art through his paintings and friendships. John Russel (1858 - 1930) painted in France alo

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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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hard-rule Les Heures Chaudes de Montparnasse

Between 1900 and the Second World War the Montparnasse quarter in Paris attracted a unique and widely influential community of creative talent – artists, writers, composers and actors. In the early 1960s filmmaker Jean-Marie Drot recorded more than 170 interviews with people who had contributed to – or witnessed – the heyday of Montparnasse. We meet Jean Cocteau, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Alberto Giacometti, Francis

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hard-rule Romanov: The Counter Investigation

During the night of July 16th, 1918, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his wife and five children were massacred by the Bolsheviks in Yekatarinburg, a town in the Urals. Their remains found long afterwards in a forest, were buried with pomp and ceremony in 1998. But is this what really happened? Newly declassified material led the filmmakers to believe that only the Tsar was executed. The Russian Orthodox Church keeps its distance and a d


hard-rule The Witches of Hollywood

Women with allegedly supernatural powers and not fitting into society were called witches in pre-enlightenment times, prosecuted and often burnt. Modern witches mostly play a divinatory or healing role or simply claim woman´s lib. Hollywood for a long time used a male concept of what a witch had to be but this has been changing lately and we now get a female look at extraordinary women. Filmmaker Sophie Peyrard – herself ve


hard-rule Claudia, La Misteriosa

In the world of movie stars, Claudia Cardinale is an exception. Not only did she last longer than most of her peers with nearly 150 films to her credit but she also appeared in iconic movies such as “The Leopard”, “8 ½” and “Once upon a time in the West”. In life however, the actress was restrained by an event that took years to overcome. Her biographer, Anna Maria Mori, actors and friends tal


hard-rule Tales from Offenbach

Celebrating Offenbach's 200th Anniversary. "Offenbach began something which later developed through Johann Strauss, Lehar, Kalman, Abraham into the Broadway musical of the 20th Century. All of this can be traced back to one man: Jacques Offenbach”, says Barrie Kosky, the stage director of this year’s highly acclaimed Salzburg “Orphée aux enfers”. He is joined by Dame Felicity Lott, Laurent Pelly and many


hard-rule Enrique Granados - Love & Death

Using beautifully presented archive and picture material from the 19th Century as well as performances by the likes of Evgeny Kissin, Carlos Alvarez and the Béjart Ballet this biopic tells the tragic life story of one of Spain’s great composers. 

His most lasting success was the piano suite “Goyescas” which he subsequently turned into an opera. Unfortunately the outbreak of WW1 thwarted the Paris premi&egr


hard-rule Gary Cooper - The Irresistable

The American hero and sex symbol for three or four decades won two Oscars for best actor in „Sergeant York“ and „High Noon“ and an honorary Oscar at the end of his life, received by his friend James Stewart on behalf of the dying actor. Filmmakers Julia and Clara Kuperberg had the good luck to have Gary Coopers daughter, Maria Cooper Janis , collaborate and talk about her father the actor. We find out that Coope


hard-rule American Tap

Mark Wilkinson's documentary provides a comprehensive history of Tap Dance complete with wonderful clips of many of its foremost practitioners past and present including the Nicholas Brothers, Ginger Rogers, Vera Ellen, Ann Miller and Eleanor Powell. Historical context is provided by a gallery of experts ranging from writers like Brian Siebert and Cornell West to notable dancers and choreographers thus revealing the roots of tap dance


hard-rule Descent into the Maelstrom

Edgar Allan Poe´s 1841 short story tells the adventure of two fishermen caught in torrents raging between the mountainous islands of Lofoten, inside the Arctic Circle of northern Norway. A treacherous whirlpool drags their boat down and only one of them survives. Based on this story Philip Glass composed music for the Australian Dance Theatre in 1986. With the blessings of the composer Beacon Isle Films has produced an arrangemen


hard-rule Iconic Couples: Monica Vitti & Michelangelo Antonioni

A new episode of Iconic Couples available from end 2018: Monica Vitti and Michelangelo Antonioni, the intellectual and the actress are a modern-times reincarnation of Pygmalion and his muse. Both had no success in the film industry before they met. Antonioni because he was neither a representative of post war neorealism nor did he direct comedies Italian style, Vitti didn´t have the looks of fashionable Sophia Loren or Gina Lollobrigida.


hard-rule The Tiki Craze of Hollywood

Hawaii joined the United States in 1959 and became its 50th state. Hollywood was quick to discover the fabulous location and the native art of the Pacific which turned into a synthetic exotic world to reflect the optimism of the times. Thor Heyerdahl´s book “Kon-Tiki” became a world best-seller, Tiki bars sprang up everywhere, the Mai Tai was the drink of the moment and interiors were decorated with rattan. The nudity of Hula


hard-rule The Max Factor

The man who created the faces of Hollywood was born in Poland and became the wigmaker and make-up artist to the Court of Tsar Nicolas II. Because of rampant antisemitism in the early 1900s, he and his family fled to America where relatives were living. An immigration officer inadvertently changed his name to Factor with a c instead of a k. Max Factor moved to Hollywood at the right moment. Theatre make-up did not work very well with projectors


hard-rule Hollywood and the Yellow Threat

The attack on Pearl Harbor on the 7th of December 1941 changed the world forever. The United States entered WW2. More than 110,000 citizens of Japanese origin were rounded up and dispatched to camps until the end of the war. Hollywood was quick to react with films from OBJECTIVE BURMA to THE BRIDGE ON RIVER KWAI and THE STORY OF GI JOE to KNOW YOUR ENEMY: JAPAN. Already in 1941 Warner, who were manipulating the public opinion in favour of ente


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

Robert Frank passed away on September 9th, 2019. This is the first ever feature-length documentary about the legendary photographer and filmmaker, whose work reflects his life in an unflinchingly honest way.

This film, shot in New York and Nova Scotia where he now lives, seamlessly interweaves between Frank, aged 80, reflecting on a l


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 have escaped Dante´s “Inferno” are submitted to the fickleness of fate as the wheel of fortune turns joy


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Poorhouse International: Highlight Programmes

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Franco Zeffirelli - Directing from Life

Franco Zefirelli passed away on 15th June 2019. 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 stagings of “La Traviata”, “La Bohème” or &

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

Robert Frank passed away on September 9th, 2019. This is the first ever feature-length documentary about the legendary photographer and filmmaker, whose work reflects his life in an unflinchingly honest way.

This film, shot in New York and Nova Scotia where he now lives, seamlessly interweaves between Frank, aged 80, reflecting on a l

hard-rule Tales from Offenbach

Celebrating Offenbach's 200th Anniversary. "Offenbach began something which later developed through Johann Strauss, Lehar, Kalman, Abraham into the Broadway musical of the 20th Century. All of this can be traced back to one man: Jacques Offenbach”, says Barrie Kosky, the stage director of this year’s highly acclaimed Salzburg “Orphée aux enfers”. He is joined by Dame Felicity Lott, Laurent Pelly and many

hard-rule Les Heures Chaudes de Montparnasse

Between 1900 and the Second World War the Montparnasse quarter in Paris attracted a unique and widely influential community of creative talent – artists, writers, composers and actors. In the early 1960s filmmaker Jean-Marie Drot recorded more than 170 interviews with people who had contributed to – or witnessed – the heyday of Montparnasse. We meet Jean Cocteau, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Alberto Giacometti, Francis

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Poorhouse International: New Releases

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Pierre Boulez - now out on DVD

Arthaus Musik has released Reiner Moritz' portrait of Pierre Boulez together with a concert from Alte Oper Frankfurt with Boulez conducting the London Symphony Orchestra with Strainsky's Sacre du Printemps and Symphonies of Wind Instruments.

Press: 

'A fitting tribute. A new DVD provides an in-depth look at the life of Pierre Boulez.' Classical Music Magazine, March 2018

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hard-rule Through Lotte's Lens - Out on DVD now

Tony Britten´s latest film “Through Lotte´s Lens” is out on DVD, a timely contribution to the migration discussion. Told through the portal of Austrian émigré, portrait photographer Lotte Meitner-Graf, the story unfolds through interviews with eminent commentators, dramatic reconstruction and musical performances. “A super film”, says Daniel Snowman, “which (as they say at the BBC) manage

hard-rule Now out on DVD: Bill Viola - The Road to St Paul's

Arthaus Musik released Gerald Fox' powerful documentary following the world’s most influential video artist Bill Viola and his wife and close collaborator Kira Perov over a twelve-year period as they undertake and complete the installation of two permanent video works, Mary and Martyrs (Earth, Air, Fire, Water) in St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. In documenting Viola’s approach, the award-winning arts documentary direc

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