Orchestra of Exiles (2012)


“The violin was very appropriate for the Jews because it was handy, easy to schlep around from place to place unlike a piano and it also has a special characteristic – it’s very difficult to hide one’s emotions behind the violin. – Amnon Valk

Number of Times Seen – 1 (28 Mar 2018)

Brief Synopsis – During the early days of the rise of Nazism in Germany, a young conductor decided to create a symphony orchestra in order to save as many Jews as possible from the clutches of the Germans.

My Take on it – This is a film that I heard about not long ago and due to its unique storyline, I was quite interested in finally getting a chance to see it.

The story is told in a very interesting and fascinating way and makes a strong impact  on the audience through that.

As the story progresses, it gets more and more emotional as we get to see interviews with some of the children and grandchildren who were saved by Bronislaw Huberman as he sped across Europe in order to gather as many of the talented men and women who instead of extinction, we led to Palestine in order to be a part of an orchestral family.

His effect is clearly seen even today based on the number of descendants that came from these men and women who were saved by Huberman.

The one thing that slightly bothered me here was the overuse of dramatizing scenes, which actually take away from the impact instead of adding to it.

Bottom Line – Great film that tells such an interesting and fascinating story. Very emotional to see how many descendants are interviewed here which shows the effect Huberman had remains strong even today.  The way that parts of the story are told with dramatized acting is a bit off setting and takes away sightly from the impact of those particular scenes. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Orchestra of Exiles depicts the grueling story of the birth of the Palestine Symphony Orchestra. But at its core, the film is a deeply human story of Huberman’s personal transformation from a career-driven eccentric into a politically aware humanist who dedicated himself to his political and humanist goals. (From PBS)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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