Otto Klemperer's Long Journey through his Times

a film directed by Philo Bregstein distributed by The Otto Klemperer Film Foundation

Otto Klemperer’s Long Journey through his Times is a biographical film about one of the most important and influential conductors of the 20th century, set against the background of the historical, cultural and political era of his lifetime.

Otto Klemperer (1885-1973) grew up and had his first public successes in the days of the German Empire. His career flourished during the Weimar Republic while he also won huge acclaim in the Soviet Union. The Nazi regime in 1933 forced Klemperer into exile in the United States. After the war he headed the Budapest State Opera for three years, and in 1954 settled in Zürich. There followed a long Indian Summer with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London and regular guest appearances with Europe’s major orchestras. He gave his last concert in September 1971.