Music From the Inside Out (2005)
The intersection of art and life are at the core of 'Music From the Inside Out,' a provocative 90-minute musical journey through the lives of the 105 musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra. It is the Orchestra's first film appearance since Disney's 'Fantasia' in 1940. While 'Music From the Inside Out' is about the many people within the ensemble, it is ultimately an intimate musical journey. Each musician's story reveals a struggle to maintain individuality, to test musical boundaries, and to choose the path of an artist. Told without host or narrator, the stories of these musicians are interwoven and build upon each other to ultimately reveal the diversity of personalities that make up a symphony orchestra. … More
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A couple of moments worth watching with some insightful thoughts on what makes musicians tick. But, the overwhelming majority of the film does't inspire or entertain. Paul Chambers, CNN.
...it's the musical journey more than the final destination that pulls us along.
...undramatic and exceedingly pleasant, like eavesdropping at a dinner of intelligent craftspeople trading their best anecdotes.
These obviously very talented musicians haven't been chosen for their charisma, but their experience and perspective reveals much about the passion and technique of performance.
The result is 90 minutes in the company of some of the nicest and most boring people you can imagine ever having a movie made about them.
We hear all kinds of comments -- about personal satisfactions, dissatisfactions, rewards.
It doesn't attempt to neatly summarize the musical experience. Anker gives the players free rein to express their wonderment.
Those who prefer a little meat on their documentary bones may come away hungry.
Music from the Inside Out is not so much about the people, but about what they create, and it's at its most effective when the talking stops.
The film is especially valuable to people with limited knowledge of a major orchestra because it breaks the culture apart and gives its many voices individuality and intimacy.
The composite picture it offers of the performing life is still unforgettable.
Among the dull passages there are moving stories, and a very loving sympathy for the people it profiles.
It's nice to know that these one-time band nerds now have such a warm and rewarding, if challenging, community.
Provides no real answers but plenty of thoughtful ideas and enriching music along the way.
With a soundtrack that ranges from classical to jazz to bluegrass, this is not only an obvious choice for music lovers, but required viewing for anyone interested in the mysteries of creative inspiration.
Daniel Anker's profound and moving documentary captures the power of the creative process in an uncommonly perceptive and inspiring way.
The problem with a film that relies heavily on letting musicians talk is that musicians are not often very good talkers. They are eloquent on their instruments but, without them, often resort to inarticulate platitudes.
Doesn't quite answer the 'why' of music, but delights by allowing us to get to know the individuals of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
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