DVD Release: Orchestra of Exiles

DVD Release Date: April 9, 2013
Price: DVD $27.95
Studio: First Run Features


Orchestra of Exiles movie scene

Arturo Toscanini (l.) and Bronislaw Huberman in 1936 in Orchestra of Exiles.

The Orchestra of Exiles is 2012 documentary directed by Josh Aronson, who previously helmed the Academy Award-nominated 2000 doc Sound and Fury.

In the early 1930’s Hitler began firing Jewish musicians across Europe. Overcoming extraordinary obstacles, violinist Bronislaw Huberman moved these great musicians to Palestine and formed a symphony that would become the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. With courage, resourcefulness and an entourage of allies including Arturo Toscanini and Albert Einstein, Huberman saved nearly 1000 Jews – and guaranteed the survival of Europe’s musical heritage.

Featuring commentary by musical greats including Itzhak Perlman, Zubin Mehta and Joshua Bell, Orchestra of Exiles is a timeless tale of a brilliant young man coming of age, and the suspenseful chronicle of how his efforts impacted
cultural history.

Bonus features on the DVD include the following

  • Filmmaker interview
  • Bonus shorts: The Power of Music, Music Education: The Legacy of the IPO, Huberman’s Dream & Why Jews Stayed in Europe

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.