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Larry Weinstein

Burnt Toast

Burnt Toast

2005 - CANADA
A FILM BY LARRY WEINSTEIN

Eight comedic mini-operas, each depicting a different stage of a romantic relationship.

"The entire process of love, pain and the whole damn thing is uniquely played out in the mock-opera, Burnt Toast... TV is rarely this good... Weinstein's established visual style... is applied here... with striking effect." - The Globe and Mail

The Radical Romantic: John Weinzweig

The Radical Romantic: John Weinzweig

CANADA - COLOUR - 1990
A FILM BY LARRY WEINSTEIN

John Weinzweig – the most vociferous advocate for new music Canada has ever seen, is given a “soapbox” for his powerful ideas and wide-ranging and often beautiful music.

Solidarity Song: The Hanns Eisler Story

Solidarity Song: The Hanns Eisler Story

CANADA - COLOUR - 1995
A FILM BY LARRY WEINSTEIN

A full length original tragic-comic opera with sends up a great political leader whose downfall was his colossal ego.

Ravel's Brain

Ravel's Brain

52 MINUTES - CANADA - COLOUR - 2001
A FILM BY LARRY WEINSTEIN

A loving musical tone poem at once tragic and celebratory that evokes and explores Ravel's illness-plagued final years, when he was able to produce music but couldn't write it down.

Ravel

Ravel

103 MINUTES - CANADA - COLOUR - 1987
A FILM BY LARRY WEINSTEIN

A brilliant portrait of the composer's elusive life with a huge array of his greatest works.

Mozartballs

Mozartballs

55 MINUTES - CANADA - COLOUR - 2006
A FILM BY LARRY WEINSTEIN

MOZARTBALLS is a light-hearted tribute to Mozart and explores what he symbolizes in our age. The film features curious characters that embody the spirit of Mozart - from a retired Swiss school teacher obsessed by all things Mozart, to an ex-pop musician in Oklahoma who believes that her body is actually inhabited by Mozart's spirit; from a computer genius in California whose software has created a new Mozart cello concerto, to an Austrian astronaut who carried a score of "The Magic Flute" and delicious chocolate 'Mozartkugeln' into space. These are the individuals who inhabit MOZARTBALLS and through their strange and, at times, very moving stories, the viewer will be exposed to the liveliness, the magic and the obsession that Mozart has become to so many music fans today. For them, Mozart defines the very essence of beauty in music, but he has become something more than that. Mozart is an icon, and for many he is still very much alive!

Making Overtures: The Story of a Community Orchestra

Making Overtures: The Story of a Community Orchestra

CANADA - COLOUR - 1997
A FILM BY LARRY WEINSTEIN

Larry Weinstein’s first musical documentary is a wry and endearing portrait of the many people that make up Cobourg, Ontarios community orchestra. From hog farmers and school teachers to real estate agents and senior citizens, amateur musicians from all walks of life in this small town bring their widely varying instrumental skills together under the endlessly enthusiastic and slightly crazed leadership of their conductor. Deservedly nominated for an Oscar, Making Overtures is brimming with the joys of human diversity and the pleasures of making music together. And, with this collective portrait of ordinary people making beautiful music, Weinstein established a key theme that runs through his entire body of work - the dynamic relationship between music and everyday life. David McIntosh

For the Whales

For the Whales

58 MINUTES - CANADA - COLOUR - 1989
A FILM BY LARRY WEINSTEIN

Writers, artists, and musicians celebrate the whale.

Beethoven's Hair

Beethoven's Hair

90 MINUTES - CANADA - COLOUR - 2005
A FILM BY LARRY WEINSTEIN

Beethoven's Hair traces the unlikely journey of a lock of hair cut from Beethoven's corpse and unravels the mystery of his tortured life and death. The film begins in modern times, when a pair of Beethoven enthusiasts purchase the hair at a Sotheby's auction. The story then looks at the lock's previous owners and culminates in the science that reveals Beethoven's "medical secret". Set to a lush score of some of Beethoven's most glorious music, the film explores the world of forensic testing in sharp relief against the romance of 19th-century Vienna and the horrors of 20th-century Nazi Germany.

All that Bach

All that Bach

52 MINUTES - CANADA - COLOUR - 1985
A FILM BY LARRY WEINSTEIN

Filmed in Canada during the Bach 300 Festival the film demonstrates the stunning universality of Bach's music from a graceful cantata duet to a rousing fugue performed by a tap dance ensemble