Zuzana: Music Is Life

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The life story of eminent Czech harpsichordist Zuzana Ruzickova, while deeply affecting, transcends the personal to comment on the redemptive power of art. This intensely personal encounter with Ruzickova convincingly demonstrates the existence of hope and perseverance throughout the Czech Republic’s turbulent 20th century. Can the beauty of Bach’s music provide healing from the atrocities of the Holocaust and the subsequent persecution of artists by Stalinist regimes? Some familiar archival footage is used judiciously in this context, but the film is mostly a paean to the music of Bach as well as the extraordinary talent of this influential harpsichordist. Directors Peter Getzels and Harriet Gordon Getzels provide us with a history lesson not to be forgotten, especially in times of totalitarian threats.  AM

Filmmaker Q&A following screening

Directors

Peter Getzels, Harriet Gordon Getzels

Producers

Peter Getzels, Harriet Gordon Getzels

Editor

Catherine Shields

Cinematographer

Tony Miller BSC

Release Year

2017

Festival Year

2017

Country

United States, Czech Republic

Run Time

83 minutes

Subtitled

No

Premiere

World Premiere