The Revival of George Antheil's 1924 Ballet Méchanique. A film by Ron Frank and Paul D. Lehrman.
"In the Roaring '20s, George Antheil's raucous piano recitals and futuristic compositions were creating scandals and riots all over Europe. Ten years later, Antheil was back home, broke and forgotten. His magnum opus, the 'Ballet Méchanique,' so technologically ahead of its time that it could never be performed the way we conceived it, was lost. Forty years after the composer's death, as the 20th century ended, it could finally be heard. This film by Ron Frank and Paul D. Lehrman is about George Antheil and his famous controversial piece 'Ballet Mécanique.' This 2 DVD set includes the award-winning documentary shown on PBS plus extended interviews with friends of Antheil featured in the film, the complete premiere concert performance of the original orchestration of 'Ballet Mécanique,' and the 1925 Léger/Murphy film 'Ballet Mécanique' with the newly-realized 16-player-piano version of Antheil's score."
Narrated by Tony Kahn, Music by George Antheil, Paul Lehrman, Erik Satie, and Igor Stravinsky.
Feature length: 72 minutes. Extras length: 101 minutes. NTSC format.