Sunday, October 11, 2009

Prokofiev: The Unfinished Diary: Canadian Debut on Bravo! Tonight

The Unfinished Diary

The latest music documentary by award-winning filmmaker Yosif Feyginberg
Channel Bravo!
Canadian Premiere
Sunday, October 11 at 8 pm ET / 5 pm PT
Repeats: October 16 at 8 am and 7 pm ET

Credit: The Serge Prokofiev Foundation website

Play Web Exclusives from Prokofiev: The Unfinished Diary (Trailer)

Sunday, October 11 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT
Produced by Up Front Entertainment in association with Bravo!, PROKOFIEV: THE UNFINISHED DIARY is the latest feature documentary by award-winning filmmaker Yosif Feyginberg. Based on one of the greatest musical geniuses of the 20th Century Sergei Prokofiev, the film investigates the mystery of Prokofiev's life and the magnificence of his art. Reconstructing the enigma of the conductor’s life through his diaries (which were finally released on the 50th anniversary of his death in 2003), and the prism of some of his most extraordinary musical creations, Prokofiev's enigmatic story is told. Most recently, PROKOFIEV: THE UNFINISHED DIARY garnered an award at the 46th Golden Prague International Television Festival.

All that is known for certain about Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) is that he was a musical genius, and one of the greatest composers of the 20th century. The rest-from his music to his private life-remains shrouded in mystery. With the discovery of his personal diaries, part the Prokofiev enigma can finally come to light. The Unfinished Diary examines the complex interaction between the works of this period, considered among the most important of his career, and the bewildering choices Prokofiev made at this time. television

links: Prokofiev: the unfinished diary Prokofiev: le journal inachevé
Canada, France/2008/Betacam/colour, b&w/52 min/english The Prokofiev Page
Bard Music Festival 2008: Prokofiev and His World Sound Mind: A Classical Music Blog: Two snippets of Prokofiev's own mastery of the keyboard
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1 comment:

olga said...

"RECONSTRUCTING PROKOFIEV" Film Premiere and Discussion with Filmmaker Yosif Feyginberg

Sunday January 10
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2 Sussex Avenue at St.George

Admission is free and open to the public.

Contact Info
Larysa Iarovenko

CERES presents the first full screening of a major new documentary, exploring the complex mind and troubled career of composer Sergei Prokofiev. Its prizewinning Canadian director, Yosif Feyginberg, will introduce the film and lead a discussion after the screening.

The complete English version, entitled "Prokofiev: The Unfinished Diary", represented Canada successfully at a recent Moscow festival, and has already won several international awards for outstanding films on the arts. It includes footage not previously seen here from the recent Princeton University production of Prokofiev's 1925-27 ballet "Stal'noy Skok/Pas d'acier/Leap of Steel", as reconstructed by Canadian musicologist Prof. Simon Morrison, who also figures prominently in the new documentary.

Mr. Feyginberg will explain the lengthy research process on which the film was based, and shed new light on the technical, financial, and personal issues that were encountered during its production. He looks forward to fielding audience questions raised by this stimulating film. Time permitting, additional scenes from the ballet's revival may also be shown.

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