In production with SWR/Arte, UNITEL, MFG Baden-Württemberg

The Myth of Michelangeli

Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli’s unwillingness to compromise made him turn into a myth. Even among the various great pianists of the 20th century, he appears as an exception. The unique perfection of his tone had its dark sides though: He is known as overly sensitive and extremely erratic. It is said that he blew off more concerts than he played. Self critical to the bone, Michelangeli spent years studying the exact same pieces over and over again. His way to the Olympus recalls the work of Sisyphos. On Michelangeli’s 100th birthday we present the first big film portrait of this wayward titan.

A 3B-Produktion GmbH co-production with SWR together with Arte and UNITEL, with the financial support of the MFG Baden-Württemberg.

Documentary, GER, 2019, 52 and 60 min.

A film by Syrthos J. Dreher and Georg Wübbolt


Author: Syrthos J. Dreher

Director: Georg Wübbolt

DOP: Chris Valentien

Sound: Robert Sandow

Editor: Frank Brandstetter

Commissioning Editor (SWR): Harald Letfuß

Executive Producer: Bernhard von Hülsen, Maria Willer