You Cannot Start Without Me: Valery Gergiev, Maestro (2009)
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As artistic director of St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre, principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, and guest conductor of the Metropolitan Opera, Valery Gergiev is one of the world's best -- and busiest -- conductors. This documentary from filmmaker Allan Miller follows a year in the life of the Russian conductor as he juggles his demanding schedule and shares insight into the art of conducting. ~ Sandra Bencic, Rovi
Nov 2, 2009 Wide
Jan 26, 2010
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Footage from various rehearsals (Gergiev is imported to orchestras around the world, like a talisman) gives a strong sense of his struggle to locate and elicit the emotional effect he seeks from his musicians.
The movie, though conventional in form, brings us close to an elemental ferocity just barely held in check.
An unabashed sales job for symphonic Russian legend Valery Gergiev produces some of the most beautiful music in any video as well as some insight into the current maestro of maestros.
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