Maurizio Pollini, de main de maître (A Musical Profile)
France | 2014 | 55min | DCP | Documentary
There were a host of excellent reasons for making a film portrait of Maurizio Pollini: the great of the pianist, his extraordinary rarity - he is unknown inaccessible, apart from the odd concert and very rare interviews, little exists about him. He has affable nature, intelligence, the rich complexity of the topics addressed, not to mention the desire he himself expressed to submit to the exercise for the very first time. He is over 70, and he felt that it is time to allow himself to be filmed. Mainly based on an extended interview, the film includes archive footage and work sessions filmed with the artist.
Bruno Monsaingeon is a Paris-based violinist who, while still active in the field of performance, in the last 40 years, devoted a large part of his time making musical films. He has directed films about major musicians of our time: Nadia Boulanger, Yehudi Menuhin, Glenn Gould, Sviatoslav Richter, David Oïstrakh, amongst many others. He is also an author of eight books.