Tone deaf documentary
Bach enthusiasts will have a field day following the most celebrated of German choirs, the Leipzig-based Thomanerchor (which this month celebrates 800 years of existence) through an academic year, starting with the intake of cherubic new boys and ending with the release into the wide world of the high school graduates after eight years spent largely in the service of song. Doubts are occasionally expressed on the wisdom of both the schools methodology and its ideology. On the whole, however, the picture is over-affirmative and lacks both social and historical context.
Die Thomaner | Directed by Paul Smaczny (Germany 2011). Starts February 16