Directed by Philo Bregstein
Otto Klemperer was one of the morst prominent conductors of the Twentieth Century and was active for a large part og the century, from its early years as a friend of Mahler's, up until the time of his death in 1973. Klemperer, as a Jew, had to leave Germany in 1933 and spent much of the rest of his life between the United States and Europe. He was known as a champion of contemporary music and supported composers such as Schoenberg and Strauss, and even composed a few works himself. This film tells his story through audio and video interviews over the backgrounds of his performances, pictures and press articles.
*Picture features Klemperer (second from right) standing alongside Bruno Walter, Arturo Toscanini, Erich Kleiber to his left and Wilhelm Furtwängler to his right in Berlin, 1929. Taken from Societe Wilhelm Furtwangler website