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Video from West Germany: Director Percy Adlon in Person

Thursday, January 29, 1987
Herschel and the Music of the Stars (Herschel und die Musik der Sterne)

"During Joseph Haydn's first visit to England in 1792, he went to see the giant telescope built by the astronomer Friedrich Wilhelm Herschel, his brother Alexander and sister Caroline. In Percy Adlon's delightful new video, it was this visit-and Haydn's first look at the cosmos-that inspired the composer to write The Creation. These two giants of music and science are wonderfully portrayed by Adlon regular Rolf Illig as Herschel and the great Austrian actor Josef Meinrad as Haydn. The superb nuances and timing of all the performances, together with Haydn's music (in both orchestral and electronic forms) and Adlon's inventive use of video combine to make this 'chamber piece' a treat for the eye, ear and mind. This is the latest work by [the director of] Celeste, Five Last Days, The Swing and Sugarbaby." Anneliese Goldman, San Francisco International Film Festival '86

• Directed and Written by Percy Adlon. Photographed by Raimund Maxsein. Art Direction by Eduardo Paolozzi. Music by Joseph Haydn. With Josef Meinrad, Rolf Illig, Karin Anselm, Edgar Selge. (1985, 96 mins, In German with English subtitles, Color Video (projected), Tape from Percy Adlon)