The Israel Film Service Collection

Blue and White Notes - Paul Ben Haim

39 Minutes, 2013

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Directed by: Nathan Lifshitz
Production Company:Israel Film Service
Languages: Hebrew,
Subtitles: English, Hebrew

An episode from a documentary series produced by the Israel Film Service about musicians who won the Israel Prize.
Musicologist Jehoash Hirshberg calls Paul Ben Haim “the greatest composer who’s ever worked here,” . And even if one could argue about the definitive statement, there is no doubt that Ben Haim was “a great composer, not just a good one,” as stated by composer Noam Sheriff.
Paul Ben Haim immigrated to Israel (then Palestine) from Germany in the 1930s. His encounter with the local culture is perpetuated in a new musical style that blends Eastern and Western elements. In this film, Ben Haim’s students, friends, and family recount his history.
Among others, Tsila Grosmeier, Uriel Ben Haim, Michael Ben Haim, Tamar Ben Avraham, Andre Charlin, Tania Stepanova, Gili Schwartzman, Noam Haimovitz Weinschel, Gila Goldstein, Michal Okun, Tzipi Bronitzky, and Mark Voloch are captured on film.
The movie includes interviews with Ben Haim himself, filmed for a documentary by Tzvi Goren and Mickey Laron in 1983.

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