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THEREMIN AN ELECTRONIC ODYSSEY, 1993, DVD

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27.56 17015957 Inventory ID#: 40566 THEREMIN AN ELECTRONIC ODYSSEY /aka/ Avant Garde Cinema Series Year: 1993 Director: Steven M Martin Starring: Robert Moog, Clara Rockmore, Todd Rundgren, Nicolas Slonimsky, Leon T
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Inventory ID#: 40566

THEREMIN AN ELECTRONIC ODYSSEY /aka/ Avant Garde Cinema Series

Year:     1993
Director: Steven M Martin
Starring:  Robert Moog, Clara Rockmore, Todd Rundgren, Nicolas Slonimsky, Leon Theremin, Robert Moog, Brian Wilson
Category/Genre:  Documentary  Historic / Political / Government  Musical Film
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Running Time82 minsSubtitles
Movie SummaryA documentary about the amazing life of Leon Theremin, inventor of the theremin, the electronic musical instrument so beloved of 50s sci-fi movie music. Theremin amazed America with his instrument until his kidnapping by Soviet agents in the mid-30s. Upon his release from a labor camp, he worked on surveillance devices for the KGB. Almost 60 years later , he is brought back to America for a touching reunion with his friends and colleagues. "The stranger-than-fiction true story of the father of electronic music is captivatingly told in this highly acclaimed and endlessly surprising documentary (Leonard Maltin) that garnered the prestigious Filmmakers Trophy at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival. Set against the backdrop of the instrument's ethereal sound, Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey is nothing short of sensational! In the 1920s and 30s, Russian émigré Leonard Thereminthe inventor of the world's first electronic musical instrumenthad it all. His self-named theremins were in high demand from filmmakers and musicians around the globe; he was married to a beautiful American dancer; he lived among New York's socialelite. And then, in 1938, he mysteriously vanished, not to be seen again for over 50 years!" "Leon Theremin was the secret link between sci-fi films, the Beach Boys, and Carnegie Hall. His self-named electronic musical instrument--the first of its kind--took the world by storm in the 1920s and '30s. Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey, winner of Sundance's Filmmakers Trophy, explores the inventor's strange life and times, including his mysterious 50-year disappearance beginning in the 1940s. Interviews with theremin virtuoso Clara Rockmore, synthesizer pioneer Robert Moog, and Theremin's contemporaries, as well as clips from movies such as The Day the Earth Stood Still, featuring the unworldly sounds of his creation, show an eccentric genius working toward success until his sudden vanishing in the Soviet Union. Footage of Theremin at 94 years old, finally rediscovered and rewarded for his achievements, brings a celebratory ending to what could be a grim or at least uncertain story, but instead is a fascinating documentary." --Rob Lightner. VIEWER COMMENT: "Worth Every Penny! If you have ever had any interest in the theremin, you need to get this film. There is extensive footage of Clara Rockmore playing the instrument, and her technique is amazing. She has developed a way to play scales by moving her fingers. You have to see it to believe it. I play the theremin and this film helped me out tremendously. If you never heard of a theremin, the film is worth watching anyway, because you don't see too many documentary films with this much intrigue and depth. Plus, you get to see Brian Wilson's whacked out explanation of the 60s. Really funny. Leon Theremin had every reason in the world to give up and die, and instead, he kept living. He is a true giant among human beings. The last 10 minutes of the film are sublime. This is not an action movie. It's a documentary. But it's one of the best documentary films I've ever seen. Good ending. Buy it!" DVD FEATURES: NTSC Region 1; Close-Captioned; Full Frame Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1; Interactive Menus; Scene Access; Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo); Subtitles: Spanish, French

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