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Tuesday, November 7, 2006

"Mozart" debut in West Newton


The new documentary film “In Search of Mozart” makes its Boston area debut on Tuesday at the West Newton Cinema as part of a benefit for the Newton Symphony Orchestra.

In the film, award-winning British filmmaker Phil Grabsky tours with his camera along Mozart’s path through Europe, interviewing dozens of experts and musicians and recording samples of nearly 100 works performed by leading artists including diva Renée Fleming and pianist Imogene Cooper.

The film also explores Mozart’s bawdy, passionate, humorous, and sometimes pain-filled letters, which are read by actor Sam West.

The screening will be preceded by a quartet performance. If it’s a success, Stevens hopes to present a music film series that would range from Wagner-filled Bugs Bunny cartoons and Disney's “Fantasia” to documentaries.

“In Search of Mozart” screens Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. at West Newton Cinema, 1296 Washington St. in West Newton. Tickets are $12 and can be obtained by calling 617-965-2555 or visiting

-- Ralph Ranalli

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