Journey To Jerusalem

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Released 1968

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Journey To Jerusalem

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Director:
David Maysles
Released:
1968
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Journey to Jerusalem features Leonard Bernstein in a provocative documentary showcasing his 1967 orchestral concert on Mount Scopus. Bernstein ventures to Jerusalem, just three weeks after the Six Day War, and through his eyes we experience a moving depiction of the now unified Jerusalem. Violinist Isaac Stern also makes an appearance, and visits the Wailing Wall, and other national landmarks, amidst the concert rehearsals. Documentarian Richard Leacock takes the viewer through a fascinating landscape, a shattered nation juxtaposed with beautiful musical selections from Mendelssohn and Mahler. Through the musical swells and dips we are painted an intriguing portrait of concert preparation. All emotions are left bare as we watch Bernstein experience frustration, elation, and deep provocative thoughts about his surroundings and the people of Jerusalem. In between the rehearsals, Stern visits wounded soldiers who are trying to keep their spirits high, a musical child prodigy and the former Jordanian section of Jerusalem.
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    Documentary, Music

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    Religion & Spirituality, Culture