Olivier Messiaen is undoubtedly, together with Stravinsky, the most original phenomenon in the XXth century music. During his lifetime, he was the most performed composer and, among French authors, the one who enjoyed the greatest international recognition. A genius in his inventing of music, an inexhaustible creator of new forms, a universal educationalist, a highly spiritual thinker, a constantly amazed observer of nature, an insatiably curious man with an unbounded eclecticism, his personality and his work are the fruit of the varied and unexpected meeting of many sources, most of which had never entered the world of music before.
Insensitive to the turmoil of the modern world, he crossed the century with a perpetual amazement at the wonders of nature, thought and knowledge.
This film recreates, in three episodes, the world of that immense creator. A great number of archives, filmed between 1964 and 1987, give a privileged space to his own words, as if these three films were just a great self-portrait. Large excerpts from his works come as an illustration of his speech. Eventually, several musicians give evidence of his influence and shed a critical light on his place in the musical creation of the XXth century.
Price Quote Music, International Film Festival of Art and Teaching (Paris, 1998)
Official Selection, FIPA (Biarritz, 1998)
Official Selection, Festival Classique du Louvre Images (Paris, 1998)