Orchestra Rehearsal

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Orchestra Rehearsal

#1 Post by Ribs » Tue Nov 28, 2017 1:12 pm

Made in 1978 for Italian television, Orchestra Rehearsal is possibly Fellini’s most satirical and overtly political film.

An allegorical pseudo-documentary, the film depicts an Italian television crew’s visit to a dilapidated auditorium (a converted 13th-century church) to meet an orchestra assembling to rehearse under the instruction of a tyrannical conductor. The TV crew interviews the various musicians who each speak lovingly about their chosen instruments. However, as petty squabbles break out amid the different factions of the ensemble, and the conductor berates his musicians, the meeting descends into anarchy and vandalism. A destructive crescendo ensues before the musicians regroup and play together once more in perfect harmony.

Abounding with its director’s trademark rich imagery and expressive style, Orchestra Rehearsal marks the last collaboration between Fellini and the legendary composer Nino Rota (due to the latter’s death in 1979) who provides one of his most beautiful themes in the film’s conclusion.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements, produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original 1.0 mono sound
Optional English subtitles
Richard Dyer on Nino Rota and Orchestra Rehearsal, the film scholar talks about the great composer and his last collaboration with Fellini
Orchestrating Discord, a visual essay on the film by Fellini biographer John Baxter
Gallery featuring rare poster and press material on the film from the Felliniana collection of Don Young
Reversible sleeve featuring two original artwork options
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Adrian Martin

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Re: Orchestra Rehearsal

#2 Post by TMDaines » Wed Nov 29, 2017 2:14 pm

Never seen this and glad the late Fellinis are finally getting the deluxe treatment.

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Re: Orchestra Rehearsal

#3 Post by Dr Amicus » Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:42 am

This must have one of the first - if not the first - Fellini I saw, it must have been on BBC2 or C4 back in about 1990. I made sure I saw it as I was about to start to a module on Rossellini and Italian Cinema at University. I remember really enjoying it, but that's about all, so it's definitely the stand out for me this time.

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#5 Post by Roscoe » Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:27 am

Most enjoyable, the transfer is most handsome. The extras are good. Someone should, however, have fact-checked Richard Dyer -- it's a picture of Toscanini, not von Karajan, visible in one shot, which rather contradicts his whole "conductor as fascist" theory, as Toscanini was apparently a particularly committed anti-fascist.

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#6 Post by tavernier » Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:57 pm

Roscoe wrote:Most enjoyable, the transfer is most handsome. The extras are good. Someone should, however, have fact-checked Richard Dyer -- it's a picture of Toscanini, not von Karajan, visible in one shot, which rather contradicts his whole "conductor as fascist" theory, as Toscanini was apparently a particularly committed anti-fascist.
Yes, that gaffe was worth a chuckle.

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Re: Orchestra Rehearsal

#7 Post by MichaelB » Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:05 pm

Although, to be fair, Toscanini was a fearsome autocrat, so it's not that far wrong.

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Re: Orchestra Rehearsal

#8 Post by Roscoe » Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:04 pm

Well, I don't think Toscanini had anyone sent to firing squads -- being a bully in a concert hall doesn't necessarily make one a mass murderer, or a supporter of one.

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#9 Post by MichaelB » Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:24 pm

Roscoe wrote:Well, I don't think Toscanini had anyone sent to firing squads -- being a bully in a concert hall doesn't necessarily make one a mass murderer, or a supporter of one.
I like the qualifying "necessarily".

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Re: Orchestra Rehearsal

#10 Post by Roscoe » Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:52 am

Well, it's interesting, isn't it, that Fellini adds that picture of the "autocrat but not fascist" Toscanini to his film -- if I remember right, it's the only photograph on display as art direction. There are those hanging banners of assorted composers, Mozart and Telemann among them, that get dragged down and spattered with shit.

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