Artists on Screen: “Leonardo Live” and “In Search of Beethoven” Double Feature!


Leonardo Live
“A breathtaking and truly remarkable exhibition … the greatest of the century!” – Daily Telegraph

In Leonardo Live, audiences are afforded the unique opportunity to experience the U.K. National Gallery’s sold-out exhibition Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan on the big screen in astonishing HD footage. The largest ever exhibit of da Vinci’s works, including many rarely seen, and one newly discovered painting, this once-in-a-lifetime event has been called the “best art exhibit in history” by the BBC. With Leonardo Live, this amazing collection can be seen in a cinematic setting, as art historian Tim Marlow and presenter Mariella Frostrup explore the exhibition and feature exquisitely detailed close-up examinations of the paintings. (Dir. by Phil Grabsky, 2012, 90 mins., Not Rated, Seventh Art Productions) Digital

In Search of Beethoven
“With In Search of Beethoven, documentarian Phil Grabsky has created a splendid work that will be a revelation to the uninitiated and a joy to music lovers.” – Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

In Search of Beethoven takes a comprehensive look at the famed composer’s life through historical research and Beethoven’s biography and letters, but with the emphasis always on the performance — and interpretation — of Beethoven’s music. From his early piano concertos through the “Moonlight Sonata,” “Für Elise,” and the immortal notes of the Fifth and Ninth Symphonies, Beethoven’s music remains as beloved, popular, and relevant as any work of art has ever been. In Search of Beethoven brings together the world’s leading performers and experts on Beethoven to reveal new insights into this celebrated composer. Above all, In Search of Beethoven addresses the central myth of Beethoven’s life and work — that of the heroic, tormented figure battling to overcome the tragic fate of being struck down by deafness in his prime; a man who searched for his elusive, eternal ‘immortal beloved,’ yet was never to attain lasting happiness. Narrated by Juliet Stevenson (Truly, Madly, Deeply). (Dir. by Phil Grabsky, 138 mins., Not Rated, Seventh Art Productions) Digital