A French Impressionist Musical Docudrama. Written, produced and directed Thomas Mowrey. Widely acclaimed as the most brilliant duo on the contemporary scene, Katia and Marielle Labeque perform eighteen pieces by Bizet, Fauré and Debussy while appearing both as themselves and as actresses in Thomas Mowrey’s spellbinding impressionistic synthesis of fin de siècle French art and music.
Dreams and fantasies mingle with reality in a continuous interweaving of time present with times past and live action with paintings and photographs, as actors on-screen and off tell the dramatic story of Emma Bardac, - muse to Gabriel Fauré and Claude Debussy, and lover of both - and the daughters, Dolly and Chouchou, whom she bore to each of them.
Music for piano duet and solo from Claude Debussy's Petite Suite and Children s Corner Gabriel Faure's Dolly Georges Bizet's Jeux d'enfants Also featuring an excerpt from Claude Debussy's Prélude de l'après-midi d'un faune
Played by New Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Pierre Boulez
With 70 Paintings by:Renoir • Monet • Tissot • Cassatt • Vuillard • Morisot • Degas • Manet • Seurat • Toulouse-Lautrec
INTERNATIONAL ELECTRONIC CINEMA FESTIVAL TOKYO-MONTREUX Grand Prize "Astrolabium"
GOLDEN ROSE OF MONTREUX FESTIVAL "Honorable Mention"
VIDEO REVIEW MAGAZINE "Best Classical Music Video 1992"
"This is a film that practically melts on the tongue." -THE WURZBURG MAINPOST
"The Loves of Emma Bardac is a feast for the eyes, the ears and the mind." -THE WASHINGTON POST
"The most elaborate and successful concept album on High Definition Videodisc." -NEW YORK MAGAZINE
"Its use of multi-media techniques makes musical events come alive with stunning intensity." -THE LOS ANGELES "READER"
"An original, elaborately detailed, multidimensional melange in which live action, paintings, photos, biography, history and video intermingle in mesmerizing ways." -THE PERFECT VISION
"The most beautiful image I have ever seen on my video monitor." -VIDEO REVIEW MAGAZINE
"The film is a complete work of art." -BERLIN MORNING POST
Written, produced and directed by: Thomas Mowrey
New Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Pierre Boulez
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