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Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven's Final Symphony (2013)

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At Tiananmen Square in 1989, students played Beethoven's Ninth Symphony over loudspeakers as the army came in to crush them. In Chile, women living under Pinochet's dictatorship sang the Ninth at torture prisons, as men inside took hope when they heard their voices. When the Berlin Wall, symbol of division and oppression, came down in December 1989, Leonard Bernstein performed Beethoven's Ninth as an "Ode To Freedom". And In Japan, each December, the Symphony is performed hundreds of times,

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The film is badly overconceived, especially when Candaele divides her subjects' stories into five chapters based on the symphony's respective movements, but the personal reminiscences are stirring and occasionally heartbreaking.

December 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Writer-director Kerry Candaele incisively documents the ideological legacy of opus 125 in Chile, China and Germany.

December 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Despite the good intentions, structurally it's all over the place with an excess of montages, archival footage, interviews and information practically drowning out any chance to appreciate the richness of the German composer's beloved achievement.

November 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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All the film's segments are smartly assembled and gracefully paced. Oh, and the score's pretty good, too.

November 1, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Each anecdote builds upon the next to create that rarest of films: a documentary as ineffable and transformative in its reach as it sets out to be.

October 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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A perceptive look at how the "Ode to Joy" served as an anthem for liberation struggles, something Beethoven clearly intended as a partisan of the French Revolution.

November 2, 2013 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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