Igor Stravinsky lived in the heart of Hollywood from 1939 until shortly before his death in 1971 - longer than in any other single place. He came expecting to find lucrative work composing for the movies. Although initially attracted to the cultural imprimatur of Stravinsky’s reputation, the Hollywood Studios soon discovered that what they couldn’t control, they couldn’t use. And as quickly as they sucked him in, they spat him out.
STRAVINSKY IN HOLLYWOOD explores the short-lived film career of this legendary composer, it is the story of his trials and tribulations with the Hollywood Studios, the story of an “old school” European artist knocking heads with the brash New World.
During the latter part of his life, he shared the property with his close friend Robert Craft. In Marco Capalbo’s documentary, the now ninety-year-old Craft emerges as a knowledgeable witness of contemporary events. Capalbo also uses original film material and recreated sequences to produce a vivid and highly personal picture of Stravinsky’s life from the 1940s till his death in 1971.
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