Skip to main content

RICHTER THE ENIGMA

France, 1998 (MIFF 1999, High Voltage)

Director: Bruno Monsaingeon

With the death of Sviatoslav Richter in 1997—shortly after the completion of this award-winning film—the great age of Russian pianistic classicism in many ways came to an end. Shunning convention, publicity and glamour, Richter devoted his life to music. With a great deal of dignity and self-effacing wit. he narrates the events of his life with an unprecedented degree of can­dour and humour. Filmmaker Bruno Monsaingeon gives Richter the space to tell his own story, using the visual canvas to insert an abundance of well-chosen archival and performance footage. This documentary serves as a rare, impossibly detailed and enthralling glimpse into musical life in the Soviet era.

See also...

BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB

Ry Cooder and Win Wenders have known each other for 20 years. Cooder wrote the haunting music for Wenders projects Paris, Texas (1984) and The End of Violence (1997). In 1996 he brought a band to ... More »

BOB MARLEY: LIVE IN CONCERT

Along with Peter Tosh, Bob Marley is virtually the only reggae superstar to find fame on the international stage. Born in Jamaica in 1945, Marley was singing and play­ing homemade instruments by ... More »

LUCKY PEOPLE CENTER INTERNATIONAL

Lucky People Center was originally an illegal Swedish nightclub in the late 1980s. The collective involved moved into film and music production, and eventually live performance. As a culmination of ... More »

HANG THE DJ

Taking its title from the chorus of the biting three minute pop song Panic by 80s Brit band The Smiths, Hang the DJ is an examination of Ihe world of the turntabulist. Only in the 90s could a ... More »

VOYAGE TO CYTHERA

Director Frank Scheffer was the recipient ot the 1997 Dutch Film Critics Award for his entire body of work, a back catalogue numbering over 25 films made during the past 17 years. Scheffer has a ... More »

SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW: HAROLD ARLEN

The name may be unfamiliar but the tunes of Harolc Arlen have stayed with generations. Over the Rainbow, Stormy Weather, Accentuate the Positive, That Old Black Magic, Let's Fall in Love, Come Rain ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director