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ITALIAN CHARACTER, THE - THE STORY OF A GREAT ITALIAN ORCHESTRA (ITALIENISCHE ART, DIE)

ITALIAN CHARACTER, THE - THE STORY OF A GREAT ITALIAN ORCHESTRA
photo © Antonio Guidi/Gianni Ferrara/Alpenway Media Production

THE ITALIAN CHARACTER is the story of one of the most renowned orchestras in the world, the Orchestra dell' Accademia Nazionale de Santa Cecilia, enriched by archive material about the great conductors who have been performing on the most famous rostrum in Rome.

How do you arrive at making classical music? Which efforts does this job require every day? What special relationship binds each artist to his instrument? How do you explain the transformation of extreme suspense during the concert into exuberant joy afterwards? The documentary answers these questions with a grand, stirring, polyphonic narrative.

Beside the main story line, the film calls forth the presence of some of the best soloists and orchestra conductors in the world, presenting material collected during their collaboration with the Orchestra di Santa Cecilia.


Angelo Bozzolini was born in Rome in 1973. After a number of years of on-set experience as an assistant director for various Italian and international productions, Bozzolini dedicated himself to working as an investigative documentary filmmaker, with films such as IN VIAGGIO CON JONATHAN NOSSITER (2004), IL CONGRESSO DEGLI ARGUTI (2011), and LA STORIA IN MOVIMENTO (2007). In the world of music he has directed ANNO ZERO (2001), THE PIANO IS THE WORLD (2006), MENDELSSOHN INEDITO (2009), FRYDERYK CHOPIN (2010) and FRANZ LISZT: IL GRANDE VIRTUOSO (2011). In 2005 DE LA FAMILLE ET D'UN AMOUR IMMODÉRE about Robert Guediguian and Ken Loach was selected for the Toronto Film Festival. From 2008-2010 Bozzolini contributed to the Italian current affairs program ANNO ZERO, coordinating the direction of the documentary sections. Bozzolini developed INVITO A CENA, an investigative series about immigration for Babel on SKY Italia (2011-2012) and BALLERINE, a reality format on classical dancers of the teatro San Carlo Napoli for MTV Italia (2012-2013).
Genre Art, Music
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2013
Director Angelo Bozzolini
Screenplay Angelo Bozzolini
Cinematography Lorenzo Scurati
Cast Antonio Pappano, Yuri Temirkanov, James Conlon, Valery Gergiev, Daniel Harding, Janine Jansen, Lisa Batiashvili, Evgeny Kissin, Denis Matsuev, Stefano Bollani, Lang Lang
Producer Alessandro Melazzini
Production Company Alpenway Media Production/Munich
Length 100 min
Format HD, color, 1:1.33
Original Version
 English, Italian, Russian
Subtitled Versions English, German, Italian
Festivals Vancouver 2013, Rome 2013, Palm Springs 2014, Worldfest Houston 2014
Awards Platinum Remi Award Houston 2014
With backing from RAI, eni

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