Dance of the Seven Veils

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Dance of the Seven Veils

Dance of the Seven Veils

Release Date: February 15, 1970

Year    :   1970
Slogan    :   «A comic strip in 7 episodes on the life of Richard Strauss 1864-1949»
Genres    :   TV Movie, Comedy, Music, Drama
Production Companies    :   BBC
Director    :   Ken Russell
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RunTime    :   59 mins.

Russell's composer biopics were usually labours of love. This was the opposite: he regarded Strauss's music as "bombastic, sham and hollow", and despised the composer for claiming to be apolitical while cosying up to the Nazi regime. The film depicts Strauss in a variety of grotesquely caricatured situations: attacked by nuns after adopting Nietzsche's philosophy, he fights duels with jealous husbands, literally batters his critics into submission with his music and glorifies the women in his life and fantasies. (BFI Screenonline)


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