Monday, September 20, 2010

Edgar G. Ulmer

Edgar G. Ulmer's hybrid film, Carnegie Hall (1947) combines performance footage with a rambling fiction plotline. The heart of the film is its documentation of several music legends of the last century. Artur Rubinstein at the piano and Jascha Heifetz playing violin, among others, are shot in a glamorously-lit Hollywood style. Musical selections are generally allowed to run from beginning to end while a decidedly un-diverse tuxedo-and-décolletage Carnegie Hall audience listens motionlessly.
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