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Cinematic Variations on Live Classical Music 2023/2024

The 30th Season * November 2023 – June 2024

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.








*The multi-ticket is personal and is valid for the 2023/2024 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.


Box Office Hours: Sun. – Thu. 13:00 p.m. to 20:00 p.m.


The Maestro

Zvika Pick, the Artist and the Myth

Days of Pick

Dir.: Shai Lahav, Ron Omer
| 100 minutes

Tsvika Pick, Israel's first pop star, never let his downfalls diminish his place as king - at least in his opinion. Composed of rare archival footage and interviews, including ones with Pick himself shortly before his death.

Stylistic and Personal

Like many other first-rate performers, violinist Yehudi Menuhin left his mark on interpretations that made well-known works identified with him. Where does the composer end and the performer begin?

Magic Moments of Music: Menuhin & Karajan Play Mozart

Dir.: Grete Liffers
| 52 minutes

International stars from the music scene tell of their captivation with the unique recording of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 with the Wiener Symphoniker from 1966, the sole collaboration between the two music legends, Herbert von Karajan and Yehudi Menuhin.

Arnie Lawrence – The Way of the Dream

I Hear a Rainbow

Dir.: Eli Tal-El
| 59 minutes

This film follows the last days of iconic American jazz musician Arnie Lawrence, who fell from fame to homelessness in Israel where he created a bridge between people through music.

Manifesto for the Adult Body

Ladies & Gentlemen Over 65

Dir.: Lilo Mangelsdorff
| 70 minutes

Aa sensitive, humorous and touching documentary film that follows a group of nonprofessional men and women, over 65, who were selected to perform for a new production of Pina Bausch's Kontakthof. 

A Tribute to the Backstage People

The legacy of film director Christopher Nupen in the creation of music films, in a variety of genres and statements.

Listening through the Lens – The Christopher Nupen Films

Dir.: Matthew Percival
| 90 minutes

A film about the pioneering career of Christopher Nupen, who founded one of the first independent production companies in the 1960s. His unique access to a golden generation of artists, he made more than 80 films on classical music in a completely new and intimate way.  

The Artists Who Survived the Inferno

Cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch and other artists of her generation, those who perished and those who survived on both sides of the barricade.

Music under the Swastika: The Maestro and the Cellist of Auschwitz

Dir.: Christian Berger
| 86 minutes

Anita Lasker-Wallfisch was 17 when she arrived at Auschwitz. Her life was saved thanks to her musical talents. Wilhelm Furtwängler was a star conductor who was the "pet musician" of Hitler and Goebbels. Their story demonstrates the central role that music played for the leaders of Nazi Germany

Ballet in a Storm of Emotions

The movement of happiness and sorrow in the work of Maurice Béjart

Queen and Béjart: Ballet for Life

Dir.: Lynne Wake
| 60 minutes

This film tells the story of the creation and subsequent success of Ballet for Life, a unique collaboration between three huge cultural brands: Queen, Versace and the visionary choreographer Maurice Béjart. The ultimate fusion of Queen’s sweeping emotional melodies and the timeless ethereal grace and movement of ballet.

The Soul of the Violin

The violin is one of the oldest musical instruments, and each violin in itself, regardless of the music played on it, is a work of art.

Falling for Stradivari

Dir.: MGerald Fox
| 81 minutes

Dutch violinist Janine Jansen got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – to play on 12 of the world’s greatest Stradivari violins. Throughout his life, Antonio Stradivari, the famous luthier from Cremona, sought to create the perfect instrument and sound. Director Gerald Fox succeeds in documenting this fascinating experiment.

Carnival of Shades and Qualities

Camille Saint-Saëns, the wonderful composer whose work is worth listening to.

Saint-Saëns l’insaisissable

Dir.: David Unger
| 52 minutes

Camille Saint-Saëns fascinated as much as intrigued his contemporaries and above all the unpredictable composer of more than 600 works, successfully tackling all genres. This documentary lifts the veil on the life and personality of this free and elusive spirit.

Series subscribers exclusive

Yves Montand – C'est une chanson qui nous ressemble

Montand Est À Nous

Dir.: Yves Jeuland
| 100 minutes

Yves Montand is still an integral part of French culture even today, more than 30 years after his death. His unique voice made every chanson a hit, while his stage presence transformed him into a movie star. This is a portrait of his meteoric rise.

André Previn – Composer, Pianist, Conductor, Improviser and More...

André Previn's fascinating personality in various fields of music as an international composer, performer and artist who spent most of his time in airplanes and hotels and had a unique and addictive sense of humor

André Previn – The Kindness of Strangers

Dir.: Tony Palmer
| 90 minutes

The story of the making of the André Previn opera adaptation of A Streetcar Named Desire and the story of his life. The film’s inside look at the rehearsal room, combined with extensive parts of the opera, result in pure delight for both eyes and ears.

The Skill of Art

The performing musician is no less a circus performer than an artist. Throughout history, many artists have earned a reputation as wizards with their instruments, captivating audiences with awe-inspiring musical juggling performances.

Maurizio Pollini, De main du maître – A Musical Profile

Dir.: Bruno Monsaingeon
| 55 minutes

The film covers the great pianist Maurizio Pollini musical experience, the people he has frequented (Luigi Nono, Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, etc), his repertoire (from Bach to Verdi, Chopin, Schönberg, Nono, Boulez, Stockhausen), and his political commitment.

Saturday 04.05.24 04.05.24
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2024-05-04 11:00:00 2024-05-04 14:00:00 Asia/Jerusalem Blues Is All About Feeling – If I Can't Feel It, I Can't Play It <p>Lecture (in Heb.) by: <strong>Julia Feldman Katz</strong></p><p>Concert performed by: <strong>Julia Feldman Katz</strong> singer, <strong>Ariel Bart</strong> harmonica, <strong>Ilya Siltsoff</strong> guitar,<strong> Michael Edwards</strong> double bass, <strong>Yaaki Levy</strong> drums</p><p>In the program: <strong>Lead Belly – </strong><em>Everyday I have the blues</em>, <em>Wade in the Water – </em>work song, <strong>James Cotton – </strong><em>The blues keep falling</em>, and more</p> Cinematheque Jerusalem Cinematheque

Blues Is All About Feeling – If I Can't Feel It, I Can't Play It

Bonnie Blue: James Cotton’s Life in the Blues

Dir.: Bestor Cram
| 86 minutes

James Cotton was one of the most influential blues musicians of all time yet remains relatively unknown. As a harmonica player and virtuoso musician, Cotton contributed greatly to the blues genre and helped inspire its modern sound.

Saturday 18.05.24 18.05.24
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2024-05-18 11:00:00 2024-05-18 14:00:00 Asia/Jerusalem Prokofiev and Russian Music – Tradition Meets Innovation <p>Lecture (in Heb.) by: Dr. <strong>Tal Zilber</strong></p><p>Concert performed by: <strong>Tal Zilber</strong> piano, <strong>Ori Wissner-Levy </strong>violin</p><p>In the program: <strong>Prokofiev</strong> <em>Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano</em></p> Cinematheque Jerusalem Cinematheque

Prokofiev and Russian Music – Tradition Meets Innovation

Prokofiev: The Unfinished Diary

Dir.: Yosif Feyginberg
| 82 minutes

One thing is certain about Sergei Prokofiev: he was a musical genius and one of the greatest composers of the 20th Century. The film investigates Prokofiev’s life and art through his own words and the prism of some of his most extraordinary musical creations.

Saturday 08.06.24 08.06.24
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2024-06-08 11:00:00 2024-06-08 14:00:00 Asia/Jerusalem Nina Simone – Classical Priestess of Black Music <p>Lecture (in Heb.) by: Dr. <strong>Roee ben Sira</strong></p><p>Concert performed by: <strong>Julia Feldman Katz</strong> singer, <strong>Roee ben Sira</strong> piano, <strong>Michael Edwards</strong> contrabass, <strong>Yaaki Levy </strong>drums</p><p>In the program from the repertoire of <strong>Nina Simone</strong>: <em>My baby Just cares for me, Feeling good<span>, </span>I Loves You Porgy </em>and more</p> Cinematheque Jerusalem Cinematheque

Nina Simone – Classical Priestess of Black Music

The Amazing Nina Simone

Dir.: Jeff L. Liebermann
| 105 minutes

The documentary uncovers Nina’s rise to fame, her education among Harlem’s intelligentsia, the creation of over 30 albums, navigating the many factions of the Civil Rights Movement, proclaiming her own unique identity through her style, fashion, and sexuality, and rebuilding her career.