Monthly Screenings

Cinematic Variations on Live Classical Music 2021/2022

A program for cinema and music lovers

This season, Cinematic Variations on Live Classical Music will include 15 events on Saturday mornings at 11:00.

Each event includes a short concert, lecture in Hebrew and screening of a full-length film.

Unless otherwise indicated, each event lasts 2-3 hours.

Participants include teachers and students from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, as well as guest artists and lecturers

Ticket Orders:

Ticket price: 90 NIS / Senior citizens and soldiers: 75 NIS / Cinematheque members: 60 NIS per event

Cinematheque subscribers may purchase a multi ticket that includes free admission to ten of the Cinematic Variations events, at an additional price of 310 NIS.

The multi-ticket is personal and is valid for the 2021/2022 season only.

Tickets (for both subscription holders and for single tickets) may be ordered for the next event in advance, beginning Friday before each event.

There will be no refunds, and it will not be possible to replace tickets for orders that were not used or were canceled less than 24 hours before the event.

There will be no entry into the hall during the concert section of the program.

The organizers reserve the right to change the order of the programs, and in exceptional cases, for technical reasons, may change the film on a certain date.

Changes will be published in the monthly program and website of the Jerusalem Cinematheque.

Events are subject to the guidelines of the Ministry of Health.

From Moshe Wilensky to Idan Raichel: A Study of the Creative Life Project of Shoshana Damari

Lecture by: Prof. Michael Wolpe, Concert performed by singers of the Israeli Song workshop of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, In the program a selection of Shoshana Damari’s repertoire

Queen Shoshana

Dir.: Kobi Farag, Morris Ben-Mayor
| 110 minutes

Shoshana Damari was the first Israeli diva. She graced local and international stages, stirring millions with her voice. Hers was the life of a Hollywood legend and she paid the price for it. The woman behind the crown will come to light.

From Fanny Brice to Barbara Streisand – The Yiddishe Momme’s Of Broadway

Lecture: Nir Cohen-Shalit, Concert: Guy Frati, Anna Spitz singer, Ofer Shapira, Gil Goldin, Program: Papa Can You Hear Me, My Man and more. This program will be longer than usual

Funny Girl

Dir.: William Wyler
| 150 minutes

New York City, the early 1900s. From the slums of the Lower East Side, we follow the young Fanny Brice who is determined to succeed in show business despite her unglamorous looks. William Wyler’s lavish bio-pic features the one and only Barbra Streisand.

Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli - The Advantages of Being an Eccentric

Lecture and performance by: Dr. Ron Regev, In the program: Bach Preludes and Fugues, Beethoven Sonata op.110, Chopin Waltzes, Debussy Reflets dans l’eau

Beyond Perfection: The pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli

Dir.: Dag Freyer, Syrthos J. Dreher
| 79 minutes

This film is a bold attempt to delve into the personality of renowned pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, who avoided the spotlight throughout his life. He was eccentric, unexpected, and not always nice, yet he exhibited compassion and consideration, also in unexpected ways.

The Magic of Brazilian Music: From a Historic Point of View

Lecture by: Dr. Roee Ben Sira, Concert: Roee Ben Sira, Oded Aloni, Feu Marinho, Uri Sharlin, Daniel Ring, Music from Samba and Bossa Nova to instrumental Choro music and North Eastern Brazil genres. This program will be longer than usual

A Trip to Brazil

Dir.: Thorsten Schütte, Dominique Dreyfus
| 112 minutes

A Trip to Brazil carries us forward on a musical journey through the history of the Música Popular Brasileira. A discussion with the big predecessors of Samba, Bossa and Tropicalismo enables the viewers to look back on the popular music history of Brazil. Screened in two parts.

Kathleen Ferrier - The World of a Rare Singer

Lecture by: Shimrit Carmi, Concert performed by: Katya Semenisty soprano, Nika Yankelevich soprano, Shimrit Carmi piano, Program: Works by Bach, Handel, Brahms, Mahler and more

Kathleen Ferrier

Dir.: Diane Perelsztejn
| 54 minutes

For music lovers, Kathleen Ferrier is truly unique. Her international career spanned just eight years, thanks to an exceptional voice of contralto – the rarest tessitura for a woman, but it was enough to place her among the greatest singers of all time.

Piatigorsky - The Special Voice of the Cello

Lecture by: Dr. Ron Regev, Concert performed by: Michal Korman cello, Ron Regev piano, In the program: Stravinsky Pulcinella Suite, few works by Korngold, Brahms Sonata no.1 for violin, Chopin Polonaise

Cellist - The Legacy of Gregor Piatigorsky

Dir.: Murray Grigor
| 103 minutes

This is the story of one of the greatest cellists of the 20th century, Ukraine-born Gregor Piatigorsky. His Jewish family experienced pogroms and poverty, but emerged from that darkness through the perfect sounds of a child who knew from a young age that the cello was his destiny.

George Balanchine

American ballet between Mariinsky and Broadway. Speaker (in Heb.): Tama Kessel, Concert: Ron Regev and Yaron Rosenthal piano 4 hands, Program:  Rimsky - Korsakov, 2 and 3 movements from Scheherazade for piano 4 hands


Dir.: Merril Brockway
| 115 minutes

Often regarded as the 'Father of American ballet', George Balanchine's legacy lives on in his prolific body of choreographic work. Through rare archival audio and video footage, interviews, film, and photographs, this film traces Balanchine's life and work. A fascinating documentary about this great choreographer.

Bill Evans - The Claude Monet of Jazz

Lecture by: Dr. Roee Ben Sira, Concert performed by: Roee Ben Sira piano, Matan Vardi saxofone tenor, Yaaki Levy drums, Michael Edwards contrabass, In the program: Beautiful Love, Time Remembered and more

Bill Evans: Time Remembered

Dir.: Bruce Spiegel
| 84 minutes

Bill Evans was a tremendously talented musician with an almost unnatural connection to his piano, but also a tortured introvert who lived and breathed music. This film traces his fascinating career and unique musical genius as musicians and family members recount Evans life story.

Dalida, une Egyptienne a Paris

Lecture by: Emmanuel Halperin, Concert performed by: Guy Frati piano, arrangements and musical director, Eden Holan singer, Ran David clarinet, In the program: Je suis malade, Avec le temps and more

Dalida, la femme qui rêvait d’une autre scène

Dir.: Gérard Miller, Anaïs Feuillette
| 100 minutes

A magnificent tribute, nourished by superb photographs and embellished with intimate and often moving testimonies from relatives of the singer Dalida. Focusing on the exceptional destiny of the artist, this film allows us to understand the woman who never gave up on the path of her desire.

Montserrat Caballé - The Beauty of the Voice

Lecture and concert, Program Puccini Suor Angelica Senza mamma, Manon Lescaut In quelle trine morbide, Offenbach Les Contes d’Hoffmann Barcarolle, Mozart Le nozze di Figaro Sull’aria

Caballé – Beyond Music

Dir.: Antonio A. Farré
| 98 minutes

A documentary about one of the most important voices in history - Montserrat Caballé. The film makes us re-live, through an intimate story told in first person by the artist, the most important musical, personal and emotional moments of such a long and passionate life.

Bernard Haitink - Artist, Researcher and Conductor

Lecture by: Prof. Michael Wolpe, Concert performed by: Tami Kanazawa and Yuval Admony Piano Duo, In the program: Liszt Symphonic poem No.3 "Les Préludes", Mendelssohn Midsummer Night's Dream Overture and Scherzo

Bernard Haitink: The Enigmatic Maestro

Dir.: John Bridcut
| 90 minutes

In this film, which follows conductor Bernard Haitink as he prepares for his final concert, we see the humble, serious, and hesitant Dutchman carefully formulate his thoughts. His job, he says, is to embrace the orchestra without stifling it.

Between Tradition and Innovation, Between Russia and America: Sergei Rachmaninoff's Music

Lecture by: Prof. Michael Wolpe, Concert performed by: Katya Semenisty soprano, Stas Davidov tenor, Omer Yaari piano, Program: Romances by Sergei Rachmaninoff

Rachmaninoff Revisited

Dir.: Peter Rosen
| 50 minutes

This film is the first to explore performance styles and interpretation of the Rachmaninoff piano repertoire. Featuring commentary and performances by today's most respected pianists – like Bronfman, Matsuev, and Fedorova - this is a story of the power of music.

Fashion and Music

On the development of various fiddle fashions in the 20th century. Lecture: Dr. Ron Regev, Concert: Eyal Kless violin, Ron Regev piano, Program: Beethoven Kreutzer Sonata, Bach Sonata in C Minor, Ravel Tzigane and works by Sarasate and Kreisle

God’s Fiddler - Jascha Heifetz

Dir.: Peter Rosen
| 88 minutes

In this revealing documentary about legendary musician, Jascha Heifetz, we see vintage filmed performance clips of Heifetz and learn that he was the first truly modern violin virtuoso. This insightful film portrays an artist for whom only perfection would do.

American Music Entangled in the Identity Dilemma

What are Blues, Folk, Country, Gospel and Spiritual in musical terms. Lecture: Prof. Michael Wolpe, Concert: Luce Sextet, Program: Oh, Freedom, Swing low sweet Chariot and more

Say Amen, Somebody

Dir.: George T. Nierenberg
| 100 minutes

A legendary film that explores the lives and music of the pioneers of modern Gospel music. One of the most acclaimed music documentaries of all time that features the father of Gospel, Thomas A. Dorsey and its matron, Mother Willie Mae Ford Smith.

Paco de Lucía - Portrait of a Cross-Border Musical Genius

Lecture by: Ornili Azulay, Performance by: Ornili Azulay, Yoram Zerbib, Program: Original dance pieces for music by Paco de Lucía, a selection of classical guitar pieces by Francisco Tárrega, Isaac Albeniz and more

Paco de Lucía - La búsqueda

Dir.: Curro Sánchez
| 90 minutes

A remarkably intimate look into the life of the legendary Andalusian guitarist Francisco Gustavo Sánchez Gómez known as Paco de Lucía. This film - made by his son Curro Sánchez - covers 60 years of musical exploration and personal development.