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Bad Boy Made Good

Reviving George Antheil's 1924 "Ballet mecanique"

Overview

Genre
Arts, Personal Doc, Science, Music, and Cultural History
Synopsis

In 1924, George Antheil, a young American composer living in Paris, composed the world's most outrageous piece of music. It called for xylophones, bass drums, a siren, three airplane propellers, a set of electric bells, and 16 synchronized player pianos. It took 75 years for the piece to be heard. This is its story.

Stage
finished
Running time
72 and 55 minutes

Credits

  • Paul D Lehrman ... Producer, Writer, Original Music, Sound Mix
  • Ron Frank ... Director, Editor
  • Tony Kahn ... Narrator

Production Details

Prod. Co.
The Ballet mecanique Project
Country
United States
Years of Production
2002-2006
Locations
Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Martha's Vineyard
Prod. Partners
Frank Productions

Distribution Details

Release year
2006
Festivals
FilmFest New Haven (1st audience prize), International Festival of Films on Science (Budapest), Arttrail (Ireland), Northern Lights (Mass.), Flanders Film Festival
Awards
Telly Bronze
Distribution
initially on DVD, broadcast on PBS. now streaming on Amazon Direct Video
Broadcast (Acq.)
WETA, American Public Media
Language
English

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