You Cannot Start Without Me: Valery Gergiev---Maestro (2009)

You Cannot Start Without Me: Valery Gergiev---Maestro

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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.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Musical & Performing Arts, Special Interest
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In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 26, 2010
Runtime:
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All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

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.

Full Review… | October 27, 2009
Village Voice
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The movie, though conventional in form, brings us close to an elemental ferocity just barely held in check.

Full Review… | October 26, 2009
New Yorker
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 10, 2009
Monsters and Critics

The year's most electrifying documentary to date features a charismatic composer who conducts segments from Europe's great classical, operatic and ballet composers.

Full Review… | October 26, 2009
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