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A RING FOR TELEVISION (Peter Weinberg, 1982)
This candid documentary gives account of the Chereau-Boulez production of ' 'The Ring of the Nibelung'' in Bayreuth. ... Chereau, the “enfant terrible'' of French theatre, insisted that the Wagner … Read more

ALICE: A FIGHT FOR LIFE (John Willis, 1982)
The most comprehensive investigation ... of the perils of asbestos ever made in a ... television programme caused national ... reverberations which continue months ... after transmission. The Health … Read more

CALLAS (Peter Weinberg, 1978)
Callas is a 90-minute documentary- ... performance film, which examines the ... artist as legend. A loving tribute in honour of her 55th birthday, the programme ... is the first full assessment of Ca… Read more

CHECKMATE (, 1963)
The ballet portrays a game of love and ... death, played according to the rules of ... the game of chess. it is finally won by ... the Black Queen, who captures the Red ... Knight and finally deliver… Read more

FIREBIRD (Thomas Grimm, 1982)
In Glen Tetley's newly choreographed version of the classical story, the Firebird, a beautiful girl, is kept in an enchanted garden and is guarded by a Victorian family. Gradually, she liberates hers… Read more

GESUALDO (Colin Nears, 1983)
The tragic story of Carlo Gesualdo, a composer and madrigalist, recognised as one of the great musical names of the late 16th century. Set in the year 1613, when Gesualdo discovers his wife and her l… Read more

LAURENCE OLIVIER - A LIFE (Bob Bee, 1982)
The first in-depth interview ever given ... by the greatest living English actor, Sir ... Laurence Olivier. ... Read more

MARY STUART (Peter Butler, 1982)
The story of the opera depicts the conflict between two Queens. Queen Elizabeth, who claimed the throne as daughter of Henry VIII, and Mary Stuart, who claimed it as daughter of James V of Scotland, … Read more

MISSA SANCTAE CAECILIAE (Hugo Kaech, 1982)
Recorded in the year of the 250th anniversary of the composer's birth, Haydn's Mass conducted by Rafael Kubelik at the Baroque Basilica at Ottobeuren, performed by the Bavarian Symphony Orchestra and… Read more

Out of Order (Arthur Ellis, 1981)
Freddy and Myra. a homicidal husband and wife team, go about despatching their latest yearly victim, an overworked graphic designer, who lives in a high-rise apartment. For Freddy and Myra, killing i… Read more

SAMSON AND DELILAH (John Vernon, 1981)
The opera tells the story of the Israelites and their oppression by the Philistines, and is set in ancient Gaza. Samson, the victorious hero of the Israelites, has killed the overseer, Abimelech, at … Read more

STANLEY KRAMER ON FILM (Gary Gibson, 1982)
A documentary about the remarkable career of the famous American film director, with excerpts from eleven of his best films: Inherit the Wind, On the Beach, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, The Defiant … Read more

STRATASPHERE (Harry Rasky, 1983)
Teresa Stratas is one of the great singing actresses of today, having appeared on all the great opera stages in all the great roles. ... Now, in her mid-forties, she is still the centre of attention … Read more

THE AUTHENTIC MESSIAH (Roy Tipping, 1982)
Handel specifically arranged his oratorio as a triptych of three major sections, Part One dealing with the Prophecy and Christ's Nativity , Part Two the Passion, culminating in the ‘Hallelujah Chor… Read more

THE CASE OF DASHIELL HAMMETT (Stephen Talbot, 1982)
This is the first television biography of ... San Francisco's most famous and enigmatic mystery writer. It combines ... original research, interviews, literary ... criticism, and dramatic readings of… Read more

THE RAKE'S PROGRESS (, )
The Rake's Progress is one of the first classics of the native English school of ballet. Ninette de Valois calls the ballet a "Homage to Hogarth''. In this production, we observe her rehearsing vario… Read more

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