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Benjamin Britten - Nocturne (DVD)

Genre: Classical/Docu
Release Date: 7th September 2013

Label: Tony Palmer
Catalogue Number: FFDVD8100
Price: £10.99
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Benjamin Britten - Nocturne

Nocturne: Tony Palmer's 100th Anniversary Film about Britten

The centenary of Benjamin Britten is marked with a new study by the multi-award-winning director 
Tony Palmer. It is a dark coda to Palmer's four other Italia-Prize-winning films with and about 
Britten, whom many now regard as one of the greatest composers of the 20th century.
This extraordinary new film explores Britten's uneasy relationship to the wider world. The 
bloodiest century in history profoundly affected Britten, not just because he was a committed 
pacifist, but on a much deeper level. What is the role of the artist in such a troubled world? What 
are his responsibilities? What is the nature of creativity itself? What is its function? Does it have a 
Man's inhumanity to Man now, and always. This is the subject matter which preoccupied Britten 
and that is the subject of this film.
'I have rarely seen such a profoundly troubling film. Palmer is a master, and this is his 
masterpiece.' Simon Heffer
'The film is deeply powerful, if harrowing. I'll be haunted by its images and the potent use of 
Britten's music for quite some time, and my depth of understanding of Britten has considerably 
deepened. It's a work of art in itself.' Victoria Bevan, Albion Media
'Nothing quite prepares us for the ferocity and daring, and the intensely subjective rapture, of 
Palmer's work that still has to be classified as 'documentary'.' David Thomson, The Biographical 
Dictionary of Film


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