Memory & Imagination
Very nicely done!
David Pogue, The New York Times
Steve Jobs Loved The Music of Johann Sebastian Bach
Steve Jobs on Bach from "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson
One afternoon we sat in his living room as he scrolled through the songs on his new iPad. Bach, he declared, was his favorite classical composer. He was particularly fond of listening to the contrast between the two versions of the "Goldberg Variations" that Glenn Gould recorded, the first in 1955 as a twenty-two-year-old little-known pianist and the second in 1981, a year before he died. "They're like night and day," Jobs said after playing them sequentially one afternoon. "The first is an exuberant, young, brilliant piece, played so fast it's a revelation. The later one is so much more spare and stark. You sense a very deep soul who's been through a lot in life. It's deeper and wiser." Jobs was on his third medical leave that afternoon when he played both versions, and I asked which he liked better, "Gould liked the later version much better." he said. "I like the earlier, exuberant one. But now I can see where he was coming from."
From Isaac Stern discovering an original Brahms manuscript
and Francis Ford Coppola celebrating the preservation
of lost films, to Julia Child with the world's first cookbook
and Penn & Teller trapped deep inside the Houdini Collection,
this hour film examines the world's largest
repository of human thought and culture
The camera floats through the rich baroque architecture
of the Library's Great Hall and ornate hallways.
Soon we are with Isaac Stern in the Music Division
as he discovers the original manuscript
for the Brahms Violin Concerto.
Featuring: Ted Koppel, Henry Steele Commager, Steve Jobs,
Sam Waterston, Gore Vidal, Pete Seeger, Dr. James Watson,
Senator Albert Gore, Jr., Vartan Gregorian, Michael Feinstein,
Richard Wurman, Penn & Teller, Stewart Brand
and James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress.
SAM WATERSTON and GORE VIDAL share their insights
into Lincoln and their research at the Library.
FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA on film preservation
VARTAN GREGORIAN speculates on the need
to preserve our common human heritage,
and HENRY STEELE COMMAGER examines
the original draft of the Declaration of Independence.
JULIA CHILD on the first cookbook
DR. JAMES WATSON
speculates on the information explosion in science and the
unprecedented amount of data needed for the Human
PETE SEEGER recalls the early field recording trips
he made for the Library's Folk Archive.
MICHAEL FEINSTEIN sings Gershwin songs once thought
lost but now safely preserved at the Library
Penn & Teller locked in the Houdini collection
Ted Koppel explores our information environment.
The film explores the role of the
Library of Congress, the world's largest library,
as the "memory bank of mankind" and examines
the implications of new technologies for sharing the
Library's vast resources electronically with the world.
Stewart Brand, Richard Wurman and Steve Jobs
speculate on the future of the Library as it move
into the emerging global information environment.
Stuart Brand on the global computer.
RICHARD SAUL WURMAN
"Learning is remembering what you're interested in."
"The creative organization of information actually creates new information."
Steve Jobs on the future of the Library of Congress
Steve Jobs and Stuart Brand
The first film ever commissioned by the Library of Congress,
Memory and Imagination explores the Library's hidden treasures
and awe-inspiring prospects for the digital global village.
HONORARY FILM SCREENING
ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS & SCIENCES
INTERNATIONAL FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL OF NEW YORK
COLUMBUS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
BEST OF SHOW
"When my wife and I watched the video of
Memory and Imagination, we agreed
it's the first thing we had seen in a long time
that made us feel good about paying taxes."
Written, Produced, and Directed by Michael R. Lawrence
Executive Producer, Julian Krainin
Project Director, Craig D'Ooge
Associate Producer, Johanna T. Lawrence