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Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey

  • PG
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Theatrical Release: September 8, 1995 (NYC) Leon Theremin (born Lev Sergeivich Termen) was born in 1896 and died in Moscow November 3, 1993 at the age of 97. Shown at the 1994 New York Film Festival. A Kaga Bay Production in association with Channel 4. The Los Angeles Film Critics Association voted the film runner-up for its best documentary prize for 1995. Winner of the Filmmakers Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival and the Golden Gate Award at the 37th San Francisco Film Festival. The following people also appeared in the film: Clara Rockmore (Theremin Virtuoso); Nicolas Slonimsky (Composer/Historian); Paul Shure (Musician); Henry Solomonoff (Theremin Studio Member); Suki Bader and Beryl Campbell (Theremin Dancers); Lydia Kavina (Theremin's Great Niece). Additional credits: Andy Green & Kim Aubry (sound mixers) and Gary Becker (rostrum photography). Additional associate producers: Kate Carty, Loretta Farb, Brian Kelly, and Amy Smith. The following films used a Theremin in their scores and extracts were used in the film: SPELLBOUND (1945) THE LOST WEEKEND (1945) THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (1951) THE DELICATE DELINQUENT (1956) IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE (1959)
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    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): M1002214

  • Critic Reviews
    "...You can't make stuff like this up..." - Recommended
    Premiere

    "...[A] don't miss documentary.[Theremin's life] is a thriller in itself..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...A series of unforgettably emotive images..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...A fascinating, offbeat documentary that stands as a fine job of detective work as well....A fond, engrossing portrait of an astonishing man..."
    New York Times

    "I found myself giggling with pleasure, as if on a helium jag....Marvelously weird..." -- Rating: A
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...Brilliant..."
    Variety

    "...Director Steven M. Martin makes a good case for the theremin as granddaddy of all electronic music....What a wonderful piece of detective work, and of reinstating a fascinating character to the world stage..."
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