Oratorio, The (2019)

Rated, N/R, Documentary, Biography, History, 63 Minutes

Martin Scorsese reveals the story of a single performance in 1826 that forever changed America's cultural landscape with the introduction of Italian opera to New York City -- an event Mozart's great librettist helped organize. Taking place in Scorsese's childhood church, this watershed event was lost to history for almost 200 years, but has been rediscovered and the 'lost oratorio" will be re-staged.

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SBIFF Schedule
  • 01/23/2020
  • Lobero
  • 2:00 pm - 3:03 pm
  • 01/24/2020
  • Lobero
  • 11:00 am - 12:03 pm
Reviewed on January 16, 2020 by Jon Kaye


8.0 out of 10 - Beautiful (visually and aurally) film of history and re-creation of a concert. (Jon)
8.0 - Well told, interesting, historical event in NYC. (Sandy)
9.0 - I learned many things I did not know; testament to a good doc. (Gary J., Susan J.)
6.0 - (Meryl B.)

Craft 80%
Artistry 80%

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What I Liked
  • Beautiful Cinematography
  • Good script
  • Wonderful sound
What I Didn’t