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Robert Carl
Fanfare, November 2007

I include[Carter’s Labyrinth of Time] because I think it is one of the best films ever made about a contemporary composer, and for anyone who has had trouble grasping his music, this is perhaps the best introduction one could hope for…

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Marc Geelhoed
Time Out Chicago, October 2006

Classical documentaries usually put the performers and creators on display without putting them on a pedestal. Documentary filmmaker Frank Sheffer has made outstanding docs about composers Pierre Boulez and György Kurtág, but his A Labyrinth of Time (Idéale Audience) does a remarkable job of explaining American modernist Elliott Carter. In a valentine to New York that would make Woody Allen blush, Sheffer situates Carter’s music in the previous century with loving shots of Carter’s New York. Born in 1908 and still going strong, Carter comes through as an affable grandfather. He recalls, “When we were living on 114th Street, I was able to take a bicycle and ride all the way down to the tip of Manhattan Island with hardly seeing an automobile.” This scene unfolds as Carter discusses the way time works in his pieces, as both remembered and still part of the present. The personal becomes musical.

Marc Geelhoed
Time Out Chicago, October 2006

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Time Out Chicago, October 2006

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