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The Devil's Horn
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Thursday, Aug 26, 2021 12:00 AM
Acclaimed filmmaker Larry Weinstein offers a fascinating look at this beloved and feared instrument alongside riveting tales of history’s greatest saxophone players.
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Discover the 160-year-old history of the saxophone and its alternately thrilling and troubling legacy. Once thought to be an "evil" instrument, the sax was banned and burned by both the Nazis and Pope Pius X, while the musicians who played it were jailed or exiled. Acclaimed filmmaker Larry Weinstein offers a fascinating look at this beloved and feared instrument alongside riveting tales of history’s greatest saxophone players. Follow Weinstein as he explores the origins of Adolphe Sax, the man who created the sax a century and a half ago, and traces the fascinating cultural role played by this "cursed" instrument over time and across borders.

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Runtime:86
Copyright:2016
Country Listing:Canada
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Director(s):Larry Weinstein