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Michael Blackwood Productions

Overview
Works: 193 works in 796 publications in 2 languages and 10,784 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Nonfiction films  History  Interviews  Biography  Documentary television programs  Filmed performances  Television news programs  Biographical films  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Producer, prn, Distributor, Production personnel, Publisher
Classifications: ML419.M65, 781.656
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Michael Blackwood Productions
Thelonious Monk : straight no chaser by Charlotte Zwerin( Visual )

2 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in English and held by 483 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A wide-ranging documentary that aims to put Monk's status into context and perspective. It blends the history of Monk's early career in Harlem with archival black-and-white footage of the pianist performing his own compositions for Norwegian and French TV
A composer's notes : Philip Glass and the making of an opera( Visual )

12 editions published between 1985 and 2014 in English and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Details the background of Glass's opera Akhnaten as it was produced simultaneously in Germany and the United States. Glass provides ongoing commentary as the viewer is taken from background research in Egypt, to staging and preparation, including discussions with both directors and leads, and to opening nights in Stuttgart and Houston
Butoh : body on the edge of crisis by Michael Blackwood( Visual )

26 editions published between 1990 and 2016 in English and Japanese and held by 207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Butoh is a theatre of improvisation which places the personal experiences of the dancer on center stage. A Dionsyian dance of nudity, erotism and sexuality, Butoh's scale of expression ranges from meditative tenderness to excessive grotesqueness. Shot in Japan with the participation of eight Butoh companies. Contains interviews with dancers and choregraphers, namely Tatsumi Hijikata, founder of Butoh, on the genesis, the nature and the conditions of their art
Tadao Ando by Tadao Andō( Visual )

17 editions published between 1988 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Japanese architect Tadao Andō and others comment on his life, work, and philosophy while viewing architectural projects he designed. Discusses the influence of Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright on his works. Filmed in Japan
Japan: Three Generations of Avant-Garde Architects( Visual )

10 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Profiles some of Japan's most innovative architects. Documents some of the most convincing, modern architecture of our time
After modernism : the dilemma of influence( Visual )

5 editions published between 1992 and 2014 in English and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The artists discuss an issue of influence in their art work
Sally Gross : a life in dance( Visual )

4 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sally Gross demonstrates movement and improvisation techniques
Retracing steps : American dance since postmodernism by Michael Blackwood( Visual )

18 editions published between 1988 and 2017 in English and held by 176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores avant-garde dance in the 1980's through interviews with young choreographers and dance excerpts
Yoshiko Chuma : a page out of order( Visual )

3 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Features performance segments from "Not about Romanian Cinema : POONARC", a chapter from Chuma's on-going performance work "A Page Out of Order" which she started in 2001. Inspired by "A Page of Madness", a silent Japanese movie from 1926 by Teinosuke Kinugasa, Chuma sees a connection between the silent cinema and today's performance art. Movement, beautiful and strange images, sounds and verbal fragments are the trademarks of her performance work."--Based on summary from publisher's website
The American Ballet Company : Eliot Feld, artistic director( Visual )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A cinema verité account of Eliot Feld's early choreography and the founding of his first ensemble, The American Ballet Company. Its first performance took place in Italy at the 1968 Spoleto Festival. Filmed in New York and Spoleto. Dancers are seen rehearsing excerpts from Feld's Meadowlark, Intermezzo, At midnight and Pagan spring. Choreographer Antony Tudor, Administrator Lew Lloyd, critic Clive Barnes, ballet masters Richard Thomas and Barbara Fallis, and company pianists Gladys Celeste Mercader and Barbara Malcolm also appear briefly
The New Modernists: 6 European Architects( Visual )

8 editions published between 1992 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Program on modernism in architecture. Includes interviews with six European architects
Frank Gehry : an architecture of joy( Visual )

21 editions published between 1987 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This film is about Gehry's work of the 1990s: his breakthroughs in architecture and the extraordinary flowering of his work during this decade. It gives insight into Gehry's approach to his architecture through visits with him to some of his key works: The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, the primary example of his use of the Dassault computer program; the Frederick R. Weisman Museum in Minneapolis, which he designed before Bilbao and without the help of computers; the Vitra Museum at Weil am Rhein, his first European commission; the Energy Center at Bad Oeynhausen, a technical and cultural center; and finally, the DG Bank Conference Center at Berlin's historic Paris Square, a controversial building which Gehry himself thinks may be one of his best works, and whose construction we follow throughout the film
Oswald Mathias Ungers by O. M Ungers( Visual )

5 editions published between 1985 and 2007 in English and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the life and work of British born architect Ralph Erskine, with particular emphasis on development of his unique brand of socially oriented architecture. This tape visits many of the projects, including a student center/library in Sweden, designed by Erskine during his forty year career. Filmed in Sweden, Italy, and the United Kingdom
Arata Isozaki: Early Work in Japan by Michael Blackwood( Visual )

13 editions published between 1985 and 2011 in English and held by 143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the philosophy and work of Japanese architect, Arata Isozaki. Shows the blend of ancient and modern, of Japanese and foreign elements in his designs. Filmed almost entirely in Japan, this film follows Isozaki as he revisits the most important buildings of his career, one of which is the Fujimi Country Club, designed in the shape of a question mark as an architectural joke about Japan's obsession with golf
Kisho Kurokawa : from metabolism to symbiosis by Michael Blackwood( Visual )

8 editions published between 1993 and 2008 in English and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Interviews with Japanese architect, Kisho Kurokawa
Colin McPhee : the lure of Asian music( Visual )

7 editions published between 1985 and 2010 in English and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gives a short background of musician Colin McPhee followed by a description of the Balinese music which changed his life
Ralph Erskine by Mead Hunt( Visual )

10 editions published between 1985 and 2015 in English and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the life and work of architect Ralph Erskine, with particular emphasis on development of his unique brand of socially oriented architecture
Education of an architect : voices from the Cooper Union( Visual )

7 editions published between 1993 and 2011 in English and held by 139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Architectural students at Cooper Union explain the thought processes that went into their creations
Stirling by Michael Blackwood( Visual )

10 editions published between 1986 and 2011 in English and held by 139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Interviews, chiefly with architect James Stirling, as well as Michael Wilford and various critics, examining Stirling's work and considering modern and post-modern architecture. Includes views of selected buildings, notably his art museums
 
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