You Cannot Start Without Me: Valery Gergiev, Maestro
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You Cannot Start Without Me: Valery Gergiev, Maestro
As artistic director of St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre, principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, and guest conductor of the Metropolitan Opera, Valery Gergiev is one of the world's best -- and busiest -- conductors. This documentary from filmmaker Allan Miller follows a year in the life of the Russian conductor as he juggles his demanding schedule and shares insight into the art of conducting. ~ Sandra Bencic, Rovi

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Footage from various rehearsals (Gergiev is imported to orchestras around the world, like a talisman) gives a strong sense of his struggle to locate and elicit the emotional effect he seeks from his musicians."
‑ Michelle Orange, Village Voice
"The year's most electrifying documentary to date features a charismatic composer who conducts segments from Europe's great classical, operatic and ballet composers."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"The movie, though conventional in form, brings us close to an elemental ferocity just barely held in check."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"An unabashed sales job for symphonic Russian legend Valery Gergiev produces some of the most beautiful music in any video as well as some insight into the current maestro of maestros."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
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