Ken Russell's ELGAR has attained classic status in the realm of television
documentaries since it was first shown on November 11th, 1962 as the 100th
programme in the BBC's Monitor series.
Made at a time when much that is now known about Elgar had yet to be published, Russell's film is remarkable for its sensitive portrait of the rise of a young musician from a relatively poor background to international fame. The film was also groundbreaking in that for the first time the BBC relaxed its taboo on using actors in factual films, although Russell was only allowed to use actors if they appeared in long shot and spoke no dialogue. As Russell's tribute to music he loved, the film is evocative, visually superb and true to the elegiac nobility of Elgar's music.
Theatrical Release: 1962 - UK
DVD Review: BFI Video - Region 1- NTSC
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|Distribution||BFI Video - Region 1- NTSC|
Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.26 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s
NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.
|Audio||English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby)|
Commentary with Ken Russell and Michael Kennedy
• Director’s Biography
notes by Michael Kennedy
A wonderful DVD from BFI. Tight black and white image with strong contrast, valuable extras including director commentary - good subtitles, original clean audio. I can't imagine you wanting much more. There is some damage in the archival footage, but regardless this has one of the best quality images I have seen in years from a TV broadcast. out of