The great Hungarian composer, Bartok, arrived in New York in 1940. He was to spend the rest of his life fighting illness, poverty and failure, yet he produced some of his greatest music. This is a video portrait of his last five years, told in his own words as well as those of friends and relatives. Bartok's music is performed by the Budapest Symphony Orchestra.
Description by Kultur:
"It's as though we've been caught in a storm at sea and blown to shore with no more than the clothes on our backs." So wrote the great Hungarian composer Béla Bartók (1881-1945) on his arrival in New York in 1940, after his flight from war-torn Europe. His last five years in the US produced some of his greatest and most moving music. In this film many of the composer's friends and colleagues, including Yehudi Menuhin and Georg Solti, join his sons Peter and Béla Jr to tell the story of these last years of exile.