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The London Philharmonic Orchestra's fall and rise during the Second World War.For Blu-ray players only. Will not play on DVD players. Also available: DVD Edition.
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A Panamint Cinema high-definition restoration from original 35 mm film materials, exclusively available direct from Panamint Cinema.
Blu-ray Region FREE. DVD Edition also available. Battle for Music is the story of the London Philharmonic Orchestra beginning in 1939. Following the liquidation of the orchestra, the players form a new company and arrange bookings themselves. Features new 2K HD transfers commissioned by Panamint Cinema from 35 mm master material.
Struggling with costs after their first series of concerts, they meet the writer J. B. Priestley who arranges a "Musical Manifesto" fund-raiser at the Queen's Hall. Then their real break comes when band leader Jack Hylton books the orchestra for a season of music hall concerts. The orchestra plays music by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Greig, Beethoven, Wagner and Rachmaninov closing with Elgar's Land of Hope and Glory.
DIRECTORS: Donald Taylor, Len Lye, Ralph Keene, Ralph Bond, John Banting, Dylan ThomasACTORS: Thomas Russell, Joss Ambler, Malcolm Sargent, Sir Adrian Boult, J.B. Priestley, Jack HyltonSPECIAL FEATURES: Musical Poster No 1 (1940, colour). "Be careful - the enemy is listening!"; Adeste Fideles (1941, b/w). Christians celebrate their faith during the Blitz; C.E.M.A. (1942, b/w). R. A. Butler, M.P. explains the activities of the Council for the Encouragement of Music and the Arts; Unreleased cut of Battle for Music, with unique footage; 16 page illustrated booklet; subtitles in English for the hard of hearingBBFC CERTIFICATE: E - ExemptFEATURE RUNNING TIME: 79 minsFORMAT: Blu-ray All Regions | Aspect ratio 1.37:1 | b/wENCODING: Video: 1080p AVC MPEG4 | Audio: Dolby Digital Mono 2.0THEATRICAL RELEASE DATE: 1943TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 186 mins
A fascinating piece of British WW2 propaganda illustrating how the London Philharmonic Orchestra re-invented itself to survive the war.
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