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Music is a monster (DVD)

Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen

Music is a monster (DVD)

Kronos Quartet, Paul Hillier, Ars Nova Copenhagen, Jytte Rex

In this portrait film by Jytte Rex the composer Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen describes music – good-humouredly but also seriously – as an omnivorous monster, a demon that controls him. The film refers back to Gudmundsen-Holmgreen's first source of inspiration, the Irish-French dramatist Samuel Beckett, whose linguistic universe he has translated into music. The film culminates with a Hans Christian Andersen suite, Moving Still, which he has written for the world-famous string ensemble The Kronos Quartet, where Gudmundsen-Holmgreen for example gives Andersen's song In Denmark I was Born an Arabic adaptation as a tribute to our new fellow-citizens.

Of Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen the film-maker Jytte Rex says: “He has a formidable ability to put words to his obsession with a wordless art. There is both simple physicality and an unbridled wildness in his music.”

This film about the nature of music is the third part of an art trilogy that also includes the spoken-art film Inger Christensen - The Cicadas Exist and the visual-art film Palle Nielsen - I Shall Not Want.

Region Code: 2 (Europe)

"Et must for elskere af ikke blot Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, men også af dansk musik og det danske land i almindelighed."
Søren Schauser, Berlingske Tidende
"Ord, musik og billeder hænger inspirerende godt sammen.", "En film så musikalsk, at man bliver høj i hjernehatten af den. På 12-tone-måden."
Dorte Hygum Sørensen, Politiken
Release date: 
May 2007
Cat. No.: 
DVD/Blu-ray standard
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Director: Jytte Rex
Producer: Christian Braad Thomsen
Camera: Steen Møller Rasmussen, Jytte Rex, Jane Vorre
Editing: Grete Møldrup
Sound: Niels Arild

Region Code: 2 (Europe)
Subtitles: Danish and English

Production: Kollektiv Film ApS with support from the Danish Film Institute and Velux Fonden, Sonning Fonden, Augustinus Fonden, Danish Ministry of Education, Grosserer L. F. Foght's Fund, Queen Margrethe's and Prince Henrik's Fund.