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RETURN TO SPIRIT

Chinese voices of extraordinary purity

In the 20th century, Daniel-Lesur was recognized as a genius of religious music by modernising the ageless sacred genre in his most popular creation: "Le Cantique des Cantiques".

The French Renaissance was a golden age for choral music. Songs by Dufray and Bouzignac provided the entertainment of choice for knights and nobles at the royal court and their beauty inspired Daniel-Lesur in his musical adaptation of the biblical Song of Songs.

This concert filmed in Hong Kong is an enchanting paradox when 25 singers pay tribute to the essence of sacred music. Their Chinese voices of extraordinary purity bring a new emotion to the most French of repertoires.

55mnHD
  • Format one-off
  • Available versions Non verbal
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MIYABORI

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SEARCH FOR MADE IN JAPAN

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12x30mn4K

ARTEMIS QUARTET AT THE KONZERTHAUS

Looks and talent
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98mnHD

ARTHUR MILLER: A MAN OF HIS CENTURY

One of the greatest dramatists
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ASIA EXPOSED

The camera never lies
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BELMONDO LE MAGNIFIQUE

Between arthouse films and popular movies
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52mnHD

BUILDING MODERN PARIS: AN ESOTERIC VISION

An innovative and unexpected policy of large public works
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52mnHD

CANNES 1968: WHEN THE FESTIVAL WAS CANCELLED

Suspense, revolt and stars
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55mnHD

CHHAU NACH, ON THE ROAD TO JHARKHAND

The modernizing of a tradition art
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52mnHD

CHRISTIAN DIOR DEL PARAISO PERDIDO A LA PERFECCION

The creator of the New Look
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DIOR, SECRETS OF A SHOW

Luxury the French way
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40mnHD

DON'T BLINK - ROBERT FRANK

A self-portrait
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DRIVE-IN STORIES

The return of the outdoor movie screen
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EMILIO VEDOVA - DALLA PARTE DEL NAUFRAGIO

With the exclusive participation of Toni Servillo
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68mnHD

FOR ART’S SAKE

Mixing the old with the new
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7x45mnHD

GUILLAUME DEPARDIEU, THE STORY OF AN ENFANT TERRIBLE

A shattered destiny
Guillaume Depardieu, who died at the age of 37, was famous French actor Géard Depardieu’s son. Through the testimony of those who met him, this film is a portrait of a complex personality. It is the story of a destiny that was shattered too soon, that of a wounded man,...
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52mnHD

HONG KONG PHILARMONIC ORCHESTRA AT THE MUSIKVEREIN

Beethoven and Prokofiev
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103mnHD

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF GEORGE CHINNERY

Painting China in the mid-19th century
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52mnHD

IREZUMI, THE JAPANESE ART OF TATTOO

The body as a canvas
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52mnHD

JAPAN BY GERARD DEPARDIEU

Explore Japan's treasures with Gérard Depardieu
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5x26mnHD

KARL LAGERFELD, A LONELY KING

Behind the dark glasses
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52mnHD

LA LA LA, A STORY OF MUSICALS

A playful panorama of an enchanting genre
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52mnHD

MAESTRO NAGANO

Music everywhere
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52mnHD

MARCO POLO

A creation mixing classical and Asian dance
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52mnHD

MARIANNE TRUDEL : A RISING STAR

The private concert
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61mnHD

MARILYN MONROE : UNCLAIMED BAGGAGE

Secrets from the old trunk
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60mnHD

NIGHT AT THE WAX MUSEUM

The French "Madame Tussaud"
The Grévin Museum opened in 1882, in Paris. It showcases some 250 characters from across the world, ranging from actors, writers, sports athletes and other well known personalities. More than 800,000 people are visiting each year. Thomas, a 12 years old kid, decides to lock himself...
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52mnHD

ON THE TIGHT ROPE

A gravity defying creation
Thai choreographer Jitti Chompee seeks a perfect balance in this gravity defying creation. ON THE TIGHTROPE is based on the life and achievements of Philippe Petit, the high-wire artist who, in 1994, walked the distance between the two towers of New York’s World Trade Center armed...
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54mnHD

ON THE WRITERS' TRAIL

A literary pilgrimage
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ONLY IN BOLLYWOOD

It makes Hollywood look dull
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ROCK N’ ROLL... OF CORSICA!

Police, The Clash, The Sex Pistols, The Who, The Pretenders, R.E.M., Zucchero
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90mnHD

RYTHMS AND FANTASIES

The rising star of classical violin
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60mnHD

SCHUMANN'S SPRING

Passionate romanticism
The Montreal Symphony Orchestra has invited Sir Roger Norrington, the British conductor famous for his recordings using 18th and 19th century instruments as well as the dazzling German virtuoso Arabella Steinbacher to perform Brahms violin concerto, a must from the classical repertoire....
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84mnHD

SEBASTIEN GINIAUX & DENIS CHANG LIVE AT MONTREAL

Gypsy jazz at its best
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61mnHD

SHOWRUNNERS

The best american TV shows in 12 snapshots
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SONG OF THE UNTOUCHABLE: A VIOLINIST IN INDIA

A musical journey
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52mnHD

THE EIGHT SEASONS

A dialogue between two masterpieces
Eight seasons: four from Vivaldi and four from Piazzolla. This concert takes us on a voyage spanning two centuries and two hemispheres. One of the best-loved works in the classical repertoire, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons stands in sharp contrast to the urban, stilted atmosphere of...
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73mnHD

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND...

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THE GREAT MASTERS OF PAINTING

The greatest art geniuses
These masters of painting have been piercing observers of their times, leaving their works for posterity. Often misunderstood, even harassed by the critics, they were trailblazers of new artistic movements which transformed art forever and still fascinate scholars today. This collection...
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15x52mnHD

THE IMMORTAL SHADOWS

When entertainment becomes art
Animation is one of today’s most popular forms of entertainment which makes great use of ever evolving technologies. However its origin goes way back, in a long forgotten traditional art that a Japanese shadow master wants to bring to a new audience. His quest takes him to a remote...
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52mnHD

TOO YOUNG TO DIE

Behind the myth
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13x52mnHD

VUITTON, BEHIND THE SCENES OF LUXURY’S MASTERMIND

For the first time, the most popular French luxury brand gave access to its workshops where its famous handbags are laser-cut, its flagship store on the Champs-Elysées, a historical monument dedicated to conspicuous consumption, the repair department, a kind of leather clinic, or...
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62mnHD

WHEN BEETHOVEN PLAYS WITH MOZART

A lasting fascination
Paths crossed. Patrons and clients were shared. A possible meeting in Vienna in the spring of 1787 took place. Music historians are consistently finding Beethoven in the wake of Mozart and vice versa. In this film, Kit Armstrong and Ukrainian violinist Andrej Bielow revive...
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13mnHD

WHEN FLUTE AND PIANO JOIN IN SONG

A daring recital
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61mnHD

WORKSHOPS’ SECRETS

Creativity, excellence and know-how
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52mnHD

PARAIBA MEU AMOR

The soul music of Northeast Brazil
Northeast Brazil moves to the beat of “forró”, a music that is an integral part of the life and culture of the region. PARAIBA MEU AMOR explores the history, presents interviews and covers live sessions to understand how this music came to represent the spirit of the...
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52mn

PARAIBA MEU AMOR (LONG VERSION)

The soul music of Northeast Brazil
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74mn