The Light and the Darkness - On Carl Nielsen's Life and Music

Karl Aage Rasmussen, Denmark, 2002

59 min.DK/DocumentaryPortrait films

The composer and writer Karl Aage Rasmussen recounts the story of Carl Nielsen the man and composer - a story that includes the world famous artist's self-confidence as well as his doubts, his sensitivity and intellectualism, his ambitions and his love life. The film focuses on the very special personal and artistic talent that gave Nielsen a unique status as an extremely popular national songwriter on the one hand and an experimental modern composer on the other, as illustrated by archive footage, photographs and musical excerpts. The light and the darkness also includes a portrait of Carl Nielsen's wife, the sculptress Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen, and views her and her art as both motivating and inhibiting factors in the composer's artistic life.
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Original title Carl Nielsen - lyset og mørket
Danish title Carl Nielsen - lyset og mørket
Other titles Lyset og mørket, Carl Nielsens liv og musik
Keywords Nielsen, Carl, Composers, Classical music, Denmark, 1880-1889, 1890-1899, 1900-1909, 1910-1919, 1920-1929, 1930-1939
Director Karl Aage Rasmussen
Screenplay Karl Aage Rasmussen
Producer Morten Rasmussen
Director of Photography Poul Iversen, Anders Elgaard, Jesper Jørgensen
Editor Jesper Maintz
Production country Denmark
Production company Deluca Film, Danmarks Radio


Production company Deluca Film, Danmarks Radio
With support from Carl Nielsen og Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen Legatet, Den Vestdanske Filmpulje


Direction Karl Aage Rasmussen


Screenplay Karl Aage Rasmussen
Story Lone Alstrup


Producer Morten Rasmussen
Executive producer Merete Pugflod Pallesen


Cinematographer Poul Iversen
Cinematographer Anders Elgaard
Cinematographer Jesper Jørgensen


Editor Jesper Maintz


Sound Søren Bendz


Da. version Karl Aage Rasmussen
Eng. version Paul Hilliard
Fr. version Fabrice Carrière
Ty. version Peter Kislinger

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