Summer Festival explores Chopin in the Movies

 “…the idea that a composer can be stamped into the image of his own generation or our generation or the generation of 1944…I mean, pick one.”

John Tibbetts Describes His Lecture “Chopin Goes to War”

A second thing I'm going to be doing - I’m gonna talk about “Chopin Goes to War”…Frederic Chopin: art and Polish patriot. Really? That's a problematic presumption. But I’m going to show excerpts from a movie called A SONG TO REMEMBER (1944), which is about Chopin, in his own lifetime as a Polish Patriot embarking on a concert tour to aide Polish refugees. Nothing of the kind ever happened, so why is Hollywood showing it? Well, Hollywood is making a movie about WWII. Chopin has been pressed into service as an Allied-cause Patriot whose interest in the plight of the Polish refugees is very much America's concern with what was going on in Poland in 1944, which was A LOT. So the idea that a composer can be stamped into the image of his own generation or our generation or the generation of 1944…I mean, pick one. That's the general idea that I've got in “Chopin Goes to War.” I might mention in each presentation I’ll show excerpts, but then each of these films will be shown in their entirety as a separate presentation.