Tony Palmer directs this documentary exploring the life and work of the celebrated English composer, conductor and pianist. Britten is particularly well known for his operas, which include 'Peter Grimes' and 'Death in Venice'. Palmer discusses the life experiences that influenced Britten's work, such as the turmoil of World War II, which horrified his pacifistic nature, and reflects on the role of an artist in such troubled times.
Music Includes: - The Nocturne - War Requiem - Ballad of Heroes - Cello Symphony - Owen Wingrave - Death in Venice - 3rd String Quartet - Phaedra - Our Hunting Fathers - The Turn of the Screw - Ceremony of Carols - Peter Crimes - Frank Bridge Variations - Simple Symphony - Noye's Fludde - Gloriana - St Nicolas. Symphony No.14 by Shostakovich
- Benjamin Britten: Nocturne review by Pete W
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If you've seen Tony Palmer's other films about Britten, you've probably already seen about 50% of this film. The message that Britten was a pacifist is hammered home relentlessly and 40 years after his death, Britten is deployed in anti-Iraq War mode. Not very subtle. Britten's relationships with boys are glossed over and recent conjecture about the underlying cause of his serious health issues is ignored. I don't feel that this rehash adds anything to Palmer's earlier films.