In Search of Mozart

No more important, or beautifully filmed documentary about Mozart’s life and music has emerged than Phil Grabsky’s ‘In Search of Mozart’


In Search of Mozart

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IN SEARCH OF MOZART is the first major feature length documentary about the composer's life. Spanning 25,000 miles, 10 countries and over 80 compositions, it is the most comprehensive account ever produced about the musical genius. Hailed by Mozartian scholars as the definitive film for Mozart Year 2006, it is a creation that will serve as one of our best references for years to come.

"It is a splendid documentary, beautifully filmed, well researched and stirring. The combination of historically-aware performers and performances with their modern counterparts offers a fair and honest retrospective of Mozart's genius and humanity." Richard Rosenberg, Artistic Director, Hot Springs Music Festival

This allure of IN SEARCH OF MOZART has garnered much attention and success on the global stage. It created cinematic history in New Zealand and Australia in 2006, breaking box office records and achieving status

“The hoopla surrounding Mozart's 250th birthday anniversary may have waned, but the celebration of the composer's genius is eternal. No more important, or more beautifully filmed, documentary about Mozart's life and music has emerged from the Mozart Year 2006 than writer-director Phil Grabsky's "In Search of Mozart."

“Seamlessly melding music and biography, the award-winning film takes us through a 25,000-mile journey along the routes Mozart followed through Europe in search of fame (which he finally achieved) and a lucrative court appointment (which he didn't). His short but eventful life is traced through narration (by Juliet Stevenson), excerpts from letters and commentary from a host of scholars and musicians ranging from period specialists such as Roger Norrington to the late musicologist Stanley Sadie.

“We meet a singularly ordinary man--given to bathroom humor and constantly putting the bite on friends for years--who wrote singularly extraordinary music. That timeless music rightly is made the central focus: We are treated to a constant wash of excerpts, from the child Wolfgang's first keyboard fancy to his unfinished Requiem--more than 70 works in all, performed by such artists as Leif Ove Andsnes, Rene Jacobs and Frans Brueggen, many of whom share their insights.” (John von Rhein, Chicago

“Mozart's music still speaks to us, but the ingenuity and effortless grace that stood out to his contemporaries don't strike us as forcefully. The best thing about this doc is hearing musicians explain in straightforward English exactly why a teasing minuet is so revelatory. That, and the chance to see and hear many of the greatest musicians of our time playing both Mozart's greatest hits and lesser-known works.” (Marc Geelhoed,
Time Out Chicago)
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Documentary, Music, Culture Vulture
Phil Grabsky
Jonathan Miller (II), Juliet Stevenson
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