Karajan - Die SchÖnheit wie ich sie sehe
Karajan, Or Beauty as I See It
Who was Herbert von Karajan? To some he was the epitome for classical music to others he was the embodiment of the music business. He was ahead of his time and he was the last of the dictators amongst the great conductors. Many like violin virtuoso Anne-Sophie Mutter, pianist Evgeny Kissin, Zubin Mehta, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Seiji Ozawa, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Prof. Joachim Kaiser, Gore Vidal, Franco Zeffirelli, Helmut Schmidt, Norman Lebrecht remember Karajan. Singers Christa Ludwig and Gundula Janowitz remember how Karajan pushed them in their art and to slow down and find expression in the music, even when the tempo he demanded was a technical impossibility for the performers. In interviews with Karajan's Daughters, Isabel Von Karajan and Arabel von Karajan, insight is given into how Karajan applied his rigorous conducting technique in other parts of his life. The film tries to look behind the public figure and find the private man, the true self of this great artist. Out of a great amount of archived footage, the portrait of a man is shaped, full of contradictions and surrounded by secrets.
Written and directed by: Robert Dornhelm
Commissioned by: ORF, ZDF
Produced by: MR-FILM, UNITEL