The Hidden Heart - A Life Of Benjamin Britten And Peter Pears

24/11/2008
  |  Buy to Own: 24/11/2008
  |  60 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC

Synopsis

Documentary about the life of leading 20th century British composer Benjamin Britten and his partner, tenor Peter Pears. Although his life was marked with many 'establishment' honours, Britten remained at heart an outsider, alienated by his homosexuality, his pacifism, his genius, his uncompromising commitment to his own judgement and even his extraordinary success. The film, which focuses primarily on three of Britten's major works: 'Peter Grimes', the 'War Requiem' and 'Death in Venice', draws on performance extracts, clips from productions recorded in Britten's day (including several featuring Pears), archive material and newsreel footage.