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Year: 1965
Language: English
Format: 16mm Black & White
Runtime: 49 min
Director: Wolf Koenig, Roman Kroitor
Producer: Roman Kroitor
Executive Producer: Tom Daly
Writer: Donald Brittain
Cinematographer: Wolf Koenig
Editor: Wolf Koenig
Sound: Marcel Carrière, Ron Alexander, Jean-Pierre Joutel
Narration: Donald Brittain
Production Company: National Film Board of Canada, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

This informal portrait of Igor Stravinsky was filmed over a lengthy period in Europe and Canada and captures the great dean of modern composers conducting the CBC Symphony Orchestra in a recording of his “Symphony of Psalms.” Eighty-three at the time, Stravinsky is shown here full of joy and life, travelling by ship to Hamburg with his wife and reminiscing with his old friend, Nicholas Nabokov. Though proudly American, Stravinsky reveals himself to be still very much an old-world figure with a long and alert memory for people and events in art, literature and music.

The last film from the Wolf Koenig-Roman Kroitor partnership, and also the last example of the Candid Eye style, Stravinsky was nominated for a BAFTA Award and won a Canadian Film Award for TV Information in 1966.