Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Breaking Glass

Posted By on Wed, Jan 10, 2007 at 11:02 AM

This in from Scene classical critic John Pitcher, the guy who's going to teach me next week to appreciate Mahler. Next month's Nashville Symphony event in honor of composer Philip Glass—including a commissioned work Feb. 15-17 as well as a performance by the Philip Glass Ensemble Feb. 18—will also feature a three-film festival of Glass-scored films at the Belcourt. Godfrey Reggio's mystical documentary Koyaanisqatsi, which features Glass' most famous score, kicks off the screenings Feb. 12, followed by Errol Morris' landmark documentary The Thin Blue Line Feb. 13. Closing the series is a movie I was just thinking I'd really like to see again: Martin Scorsese's Kundun, on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14.

By that time, the Judi Dench-Cate Blanchett psychological drama Notes on a Scandal will have reached Nashville theaters: it contains what may be Glass' wittiest score since his underrated Candyman. (Yes, Philip Glass did the score for the shocker about the hook-handed bogeyman, and it's one reason the movie is so effectively unsettling. Too bad they're not showing that one.)

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