Toscanini: The Maestro

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The Hendersonville Film Society will show Toscanini: The Maestro at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community, 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville. (From Asheville, take I-26 to U.S. 64 West, turn right at the third light onto Thompson Street. Follow to the Lake Point Landing entrance and park in the lot on the left.)
Genre: Music Documentary
Director: Peter Rosen
Starring: Edwin Bachmann, Frank Brieff, James Levine, Robert Merrill
Rated: NR

The Hendersonville Film Society concludes its annual Music in Movies month with this 1985 Bravo “biography” of legendary conductor Arturo Toscanini. In other words, expect a typical Bravo look at Toscanini—of the well-scrubbed, suitable-for-mass-consumption, wouldn’t-make-the-most-conservative-high-school-teacher-blush variety. An adequate introduction, but hardly much of a portrait of the maestro.

About Ken Hanke
Head film critic for Mountain Xpress from December 2000 until his death in June 2016. Author of books "Ken Russell's Films," "Charlie Chan at the Movies," "A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series," "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker."

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