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Cinematic Variations on Live Classical Music 2019-2020

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 price: 90 NIS / Senior citizens and soldiers: 70 NIS / Jerusalem Card Holders: 80 NIS / Cinematheque members: 55 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 290 NIS*
• The multi-ticket is personal and is valid for the 2019/2020 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. 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Fri. 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


The Dance Idol of Hollywood – Always on Time

Tribute to Fred Astaire - 120 Years of his Birth

Fred Astaire: l'homme aux pieds d'or | Fred Astaire donne le «la»

Dir.: Yives Riou, Philippe Pouchain

How has the most aerial dancer on the planet ever seduced so many generations? The first film is a firework movie that pays tribute to him by tracing his artistic itinerary. The second film returns to his unique collaborations with three great artists: Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern and George Gershwin.

Janet Baker – The Woman and the Artist

The various hues and portrayals of the mezzosoprano in the world of opera. In the presence of the film director John Bridcut

Janet Baker – In Her Own Words

Dir.: John Bridcut
| 90 minutes

The great British classical singer Dame Janet Baker talks more openly and emotionally than ever before about her career and her life today. With excerpts of her greatest stage roles, as well as of her appearances in the concert hall and recording studio.

It Takes Two to Tango…?

Astor Piazzolla – His Complex, Colorful and Creative World and Innovations in Tango

Piazzolla, the Years of the Shark

Dir.: Daniel Rosenfeld
| 93 minutes

The Argentine bandoneon player and composer Astor Piazzolla revolutionized the tango. Unique footage of numerous performances and intimate family films combine with archive material to paint a vivid portrait of Piazzolla: self-assured, obstinate, passionate and a true virtuoso.

Cabaret – How are Decadence and Social Decay Expressed in Music?

Music in the 1930’s and 40’s in the interwar Weimar Republic. The music of Jewish composers John Kander and Kurt Weill, music which represented the decay of the cabaret period and remains decadent to present day.


Dir.: Bob Fosse
| 124 minutes

1931 pre-War Berlin, a haven of moral decadence and sexual ambiguity. American cabaret singer Sally Bowles meets British academic Brian Roberts. Despite Brian's confusion over his sexuality, the pair become lovers, but the arrival of wealthy playboy complicates matters for them both.

‘’Authentic‘’ Bach vs. ‘’Personal Bach‘’: On Style and Individualism in Music

The performing artist is an intermediary between composer and audience. How true to the composer’s intentions must he be, and how can he know them? Is there right and wrong in musical interpretation?

Joâo, O Maestro

Dir.: Mauro Lima
| 117 minutes

The true story of gifted musician Joדo Carlos Martins, whose health issues as a child did not deter him from becoming one of the biggest promises of classical music. A loving cinematic biography of one of the most famous Brazilian pianists of all time. 

Veni Creator Spiritus

European Jewish art in the fall of Western culture

Exit: Music

Dir.: James Murdoch
| 83 minutes

Before Hitler’s rise in 1933, Germany was the center of the musical world. Within five years, thousands of musicians had fled the country. The film explores the lives of five composers; the ways in which exile shaped their identities and careers

Art of the Aristocratic Voice: Tenor Singer Alfredo Kraus

The Art of Alfredo Kraus

Dir.: José Montes-Baquer
| 83 minutes

Alfredo Kraus was a distinguished Spanish tenor from the Canary Islands, internationally known as the great master of the “bel canto” style. More than just a portrait, the film takes a lively and not uncritical stand on today's operatic world

The First Female Troubadour - The Life’s Work of Joan Baez

Joan Baez: How Sweet the Sound

Dir.: Mary Wharton
| 84 minutes

The first comprehensive documentary to chronicle the private life and public career of Joan Baez examines her history as a recording artist and performer as well as her remarkable journey as the conscience of a generation. The film is rich with historical archival material.

Opera Singer Anna Netrebko: A Diva from a Personal Perspective

Anna the Great – A Life for the Opera Stage

Dir.: Dmitry Sapun
| 50 minutes

A documentary about the great soprano Anna Netrebko. The Russian filmmaker Dmitry Sapun follows her at home in Russia and New York and on the road as she prepares for her performances. The film also features interviews with Anna herself.

Jacques Brel - le poète du plat pays

Jacques Brel, Fou de Vivre

Dir.: Philippe Kohly
| 115 minutes

Philippe Kohly created a fascinating portrait of the legendary singer of Flemish descent who became a master of French chanson. The film presents archival material as well as interviews with those who were close to Brel.

Onsite screening
Music on Screen

The Courage, Passion and Innovation of Ray Charles


Dir.: Taylor Hackford
| 152 minutes

An intelligent and effective biopic based on the life and career of the legendary musician Ray Charles - from losing his eyesight in early childhood, to his rising career during the 1950s and 1960s, his ideas to change the music by combining rhythm and blues and gospel music.

Felix Mendelssohn: The Perfect Artist Online

Felix Mendelssohn was born with musical talent comparable to that of Bach and Mozart, to an effluent family. However, his creative process relied on harsh and uncompromising self-criticism.

Mendelssohn Unknown

Dir.: Angelo Pozzolini
| 54 minutes

This documentary about Felix Mendelssohn is based on the original letters of the composer and his sister Fanny, combined with numerous evocative period images. Through a blend of music and words, the most distinguished Mendelssohn specialists of today guide viewers through the composer’s fascinating life and career.

Onsite Screening

In the Footsteps of the Heroes of the Cello

The cello was the last of the strings to be canonized. In each period, it was promoted by exceptional composers and performers – from Bach to Buccherini to Casals and Rostropovich

Mstislav Rostropovich, The Indomitable Bow

Dir.: Bruno Monsaingeon
| 79 minutes

This is the life story of the cellist, pianist and composer Mstislav Rostropovich, a film that illustrates his love of humanity and his audiences’ love for him. The film paints a portrait of a musician who could find his place anywhere in the world.

Onsite Screening

Two Steps Before Everyone Else

The Endless Creativity of Jerome Robbins, the Choreograph-Director Who Changed Broadway

Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About

Dir.: Judy Kinberg
| 82 minutes

The film examines the life and career of dancer and choreographer Jerome Robbins who brought us the legendary performances in West Side Story, Gypsy, and Fiddler on the Roof. This meticulously-made film features fascinating excerpts from personal journals, archival footage, and rehearsal recordings.

Onsite Screening
End of the Season

Fado – Popular Song in an Artistic Attire

End of the 27th Season

Amália – The Voices of Fado

Dir.: Ruben Alves, Christophe Fonseca
| 84 minutes

Fado is destiny, hope, life and death. It’s not just music, but an integral part of the fabric of life in Lisbon, Portugal. Fado is practically the soundtrack to that city, and it is the main reason for the national pride expressed by the participants in this beautiful film.