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  • Summary: This documentary is the result of a unique five-year collaboration between filmmaker Daniel Anker and the 105 musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra. In an exhilarating 90-minute journey, the film explores the mystery and magic of the musical experience, weaving together an eclectic mix ofThis documentary is the result of a unique five-year collaboration between filmmaker Daniel Anker and the 105 musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra. In an exhilarating 90-minute journey, the film explores the mystery and magic of the musical experience, weaving together an eclectic mix of musical performance with the personal stories of some of the finest musicians in the world. (Emerging Pictures)
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  1. Reviewed by: Joshua Kosman
    100
    Beautiful and utterly entrancing documentary.
  2. But Anker's real success here is himself. He was obviously able to get these men and women to open up to him. And thus, quite obliquely, they remind us of a threat. As everyone knows, American symphony orchestras are in trouble. Attendance is dropping, and managements are trying various maneuvers, even stunts, to attract people.
  3. Reviewed by: Laura Kern
    80
    Daniel Anker's profound and moving documentary Music from the Inside Out reflects upon such abstractions, capturing the power of the creative process in an uncommonly perceptive and inspiring way.
  4. 70
    Anker evocatively captures the joys (and sometime frustrations) experienced by high-level artists working within an institution. The ardor they bring to their music is both enviable and inspiring.
  5. Well-meaning and enlightening documentary.
  6. Reviewed by: Philip Kennicott
    70
    Is it a great film? Not quite. It flits from idea to idea too promiscuously and relies too much on the visually deadening use of people talking on camera. But among the dull passages there are moving stories, and a very loving sympathy for the people it profiles.
  7. Reviewed by: Toddy Burton
    50
    Presents itself as a musical essay, but would certainly fall more under the category of a love letter. And ultimately, what would you rather experience anyway?

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  1. SteveT.
    Sep 4, 2006
    10
    An enchanting look inside a great cultural institution allows us to see the real people inside the black suits and dresses. And the street An enchanting look inside a great cultural institution allows us to see the real people inside the black suits and dresses. And the street accordian player is just as amazing as the PSO. Expand
  2. MartinM.
    Sep 10, 2005
    10
    I've played and taught music all my adult life, and have never seen a finer music documentary than this one. Bravissimo!
  3. DonnD.
    Mar 27, 2006
    7
    Stunning music, but suffers from lack of coherence and no discernible theme. Random pieces of interviews thrown together. Hints at some Stunning music, but suffers from lack of coherence and no discernible theme. Random pieces of interviews thrown together. Hints at some fascinating topics -- e.g., individual musicians' degree of latitude to deviate from the conductor's idea of what a piece should sound like -- but never develops any of them. Divided into three parts, but again no defining structure and the parts are virtually indistinguishable. Unfortunate failure to capitalize on a great opportunity to show the inner workings of a great orchestra. Go see it for the music anyway. Collapse

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