This one hour portrait of Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971), shot and edited by Leacock in 1966, and made in collaboration with Swiss composer and music administrator Rolf Liebermann, lives because of the close-up’s of the face of Stravinsky, a face always in movement with a smiling mouth out of which comes both interesting and funny remarks. Leacock is fascinated by the man and catches him at home and when he is conducting. It is obvious that it is more the man than the music, and the processes around rehearsals, that Leacock wants to convey and thanks for that. Leacock himself comes into the film now and then, with his voice, helping the audience with comments on who is who and where we are, very well made with no more info given than needed.
Funny to think that the year (in 1965) before two other cinema direct pioneers, the Canadians Wolf Koenig and Roman Kroitor also did a film on Stravinsky, made for the NFB, National Film Board of Canada. With some of the same side characters and with the same wonderful humour from Stravinsky as in Leacock’s film, but maybe a bit more rich on the music side, as I remember it.