|tony palmer's film of frank zappa's 200 motels
(2010, dvd, uk, tony palmer)
AKA: Anthony Palmer
Tony Palmer, The True Story of 200 Motels
"Well, um essentially what we do is to record the whole operation on color videotape. Uh, the color videotape has three priamry colors: red, green, and blue. And the old technicolor process had also three primary colors, red, green, and blue. So we put two pieces of the jigsaw puzzle together and said "a-ha". Well, if the two are the same in this way, it must be possible to transfer color tape to color film using the three primary colors red, green and blue. So we began to experiment with transferring color tape in the way. The initial problem was that the poor quality of the television picture didn't stand up to examination when you showed it on an enormous cinema screen. You saw, for example, you saw lines, and distortions. But now we've found a way around that, and in fact the color that we are able to make with color television is rather better, we think, than the equivalent of 35mm film."
"Well, I think Frank has had this dream for so long now, that I think that even he has become unsure as to what exactly the dream constitutes. It's a kind of mixture of childhood fantasies, adolescent fantasies, and now grown-up fantasies, all somehow strung together to make some sort of enormous nightmare that he may or may not have had at some point in his life. And one's problem as a director is trying to unfathom that dream and make some kind of coherent sense of it. "
Patrick Neve (email@example.com)
While the above on-camera interview is taking place, the following text is superimposed over Tony Palmer's image:
production, Mr. Palmer
demanded that his name
be removed from the
credits of "200 MOTELS"
out of concern for his career
the end of
Mr. Palmer, in a fit of
peek, threatened to
erase all of the master
video tapes of the movie.
Lewis Saul (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Aspects of Stravinsky
I just got this 2-tape VHS set on KULTUR 1157 -- directed by 200 Motels Co-Director Tony Palmer. There is no mention of this in the IMDb -- I was wondering if anyone had any more information on this? [I haven't watched it yet -- just got it a few minutes ago...]
R. Kane (email@example.com)
Once, at a Border - Aspects of Stravinsky
Musical & Performing Arts, English, 1987, B&W and Color, 166 min. NTSC, Rating: Not Rated
A film biography of the famed 20th century composer, Igor Stravinsky.
Includes commentary by Robert Craft, Marie Rambert, George Balanchine, Nadia Boulanger and others, plus footage of Stravinsky on stage at the Champs-Elysees Theatre in Paris. The original version of 'Les Noces,' is also presented on film.
ONCE AT A BORDER...ASPECTS OF STRAVINSKY, PART 1 (VHS format)
Features a biography of the legendary composer Igor
Stravinsky. Uses interviews with
the composer, friends, family, musical contemporaries, and footage of Stravinsky
and others performing his music. Includes
performances of LES NOCES and PETROUCHKA. STRAVINSKY, IGOR; MUSIC; BIOGRAPHY
ONCE AT A BORDER...ASPECTS OF STRAVINSKY, PART 2 (VHS format)
Continues Igor Stravinsky's biography beginning in 1939 and
focusing on his life in America. Uses
interviews with Stravinsky, friends, family, musical contemporaries and footage
of the composer and others performing his music.
STRAVINSKY, IGOR; MUSIC; BIOGRAPHY
Aspects of Strvinsky: Once, at a Border Pt. 1
VHS Color 60 mins 1989
The premiere of the Rite of Spring in May, 1913 was an
event in musical history which changed the course of Western art forever, but it
was not the most important, not even the most interesting aspect of Stravinsky's
life. Throughout the many styles and influences which permeate his music-from
jazz to Twelve Tone, From Fifteenth to the Eighteenth Century-one beacon shines
with unnerving consistency: Stravinsky was Russian. Apart from anything else, he
is the foremost Russian composer of our time, a family man with an acute sense
of tradition and rigorously, religiously orthodox. Stravinsky's long musical
journey is the subject of this program.
Aspects of Stravinsky: Once, at a Border Pt. 2
VHS Color 60 mins 1989
Part 2 of Aspects of Stravinsky
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1967 Twice a Fortnight (TV series) (director)
1971 Frank Zappa's 200 Motels (cinematographer, director, writer)
1976 All This and World War II (miscellaneous crew)
1979 The Space Movie (director, writer)
1983 Wagner (TV miniseries) (director, editor)
1988 Richard Burton: In From the Cold (TV series) (director)
1988 Testimony (director, writer, production designer, editor, producer)
1990 The Children (director, editor)
1991 The Trials of Oz (TV) (writer)
1995 Hotel Paradise (editor)
1995 England My England (director)
1998 Howard Goodall's Choir Works (TV mini-series)