Movie: The Harpist

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    Saul Davis Zlatkovski on #185702

    I was utterly surprised to find this title in Netflix, and watched it, with pleasure. Not only was the main character a harpist, and the actress mimed playing quite well, but harps were also central to the storyline and the surprising climax! Well worth watching. And the music, of course, featured quite a bit of harp.

    catherine-rogers on #185715

    Is it available for purchase?

    sally morris on #240579

    Who played the harp in this movie?

    hearpe on #240624

    Sounds interesting. Could never sell my own script “The Hearpe” to Hollywood, and partly because I’d left the Arizona.

    hearpe on #240631

    Just saw it on youtube- coulda been more harping !

    hearpe on #240677

    Actually I’m disturbed by the film after a night of semi-sleeping on it

    Gratuitious male fist fighting
    disturbing sado-masochistic images
    and a violent ending

    A harpist (pissed) who doesn’t seem typical of many musicians- hopefully
    an insane brother who self destructs in his own violent passions
    and an unlikely suitor interested in the harpist less for her music than by his penchant for writing dark porn

    almost a sis-kill…

    Saul Davis Zlatkovski on #241561

    What might be funniest of all is that I have completely forgotten this movie, have no memory of it whatsoever.

    hearpe on #241984

    Saul- “The Stoner”

    Really? Five years after? Sha!

    Saul Davis Zlatkovski on #243532

    No, just not worth remembering.

    jsmoir on #253113

    This may be off-topic (but I don’t know where to ask the question).

    Are there many videos of great harpists playing? Are there any videos or cinematic records of Grandjanay, or Salzedo?

    I know of the old Mildred Dilling video, and of course there is Harpo Marx. It would be nice to have YT links to some of today’s harpists, etc. as well!

    Because in almost all other art forms, you learn so much by watching the ‘greats’ at their craft, and apart from videos made for that purpose, how does someone get to find visual records of these sorts of performers? Thanks in advance.

    Biagio on #253115

    Here are a few of my favorites:

    Anything by Yolanda Kondonassis and Catrin Finch
    Speaking of Ms. Finch, see also her BBC documentary on the harp’s history
    Anything by Frank Voltz

    jsmoir on #253118

    How about some links, Biagio. Or are these only purchasable DVD’s… that sort of thing?

    Biagio on #253121

    Hmmm…well I posted some Youtube links but it appears that that the HC spam filter did not allow them. Maybe they will later but for now the best I can di fir you is to suggest that you search for them on YT. I listed Yolanda at the tiny desk and a collection; Catrin playing the Goldberg variations and with Sekou Keita; Frank’s jazz version of Ode to Joy; The History of the Harp hosted by Catrin; and just for fun Harper Tasche playing Prelude in C on his cross strung.

    Sorry about the HC censure (grin). But just hop on over to YT and search – you’ll find others I’m sure that illustrate technique (as well as being great music).


    Saul Davis Zlatkovski on #253473

    Lucile Lawrence may be seen on YouTube. There is a short film of Carlos Salzedo playing, which is silent, yet utterly phenomenal. I believe he is playing an excerpt from (“Flight”) though others have said it is Whirlwind. It is top-secret who owns it, apparently, but it was on display at the 2004 AHS conference.

    cher on #256451

    Thank you Hearpe, for the review of the harpist movie. It would not be a movie I would watch.

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