WE WANT THE LIGHT (Film, 2004)



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Year of Production: 2004
Playing Time: 00:59:38
Catalogue Number: NUPEN039

The title is taken from a poem by a 12-year-old girl, Eva Pickova, written in the Theresienstadt concentration camp. Her words provide both the title and the climax‚EUR"in a setting for two choruses and orchestra by the American composer Franz Waxman, in his touching work The Song of Terezin.

It is a film is about many things. It is about freedom and captivity, about emancipation, acculturation and assimilation; it is about the roles played by Moses and Felix Mendelssohn in the dream of fruitful, unproblematic integration of the Jews into German society after their liberation from the ghettos; it is about Richard Wagner, his ferociously anti-Semitic essay Das Judenthum in der Musik (The Jews in Music) and his influence on the thinking of the Third Reich but, most of all, it is a film about how much music can mean to people, even in the direst of circumstances, or particularly in the direst circumstances.

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