Music filmmaker Christopher Nupen was “haunted” by Paganini as he delved into the life of classical music’s first rock god.

Christopher Nupen discusses his latest documentary, Paganini’s Daemon: A Most Enduring Legend.


The first thing to say about our Paganini film, which is released on DVD this week, is that it was shot and lit by an Aussie cameraman — David Findlay. David has lit almost all of my films, ever since we first met on March 10, 1966, on the first day’s shoot of my first film.

We made a film together for the BBC about my friends Vladimir Ashkenazy and Daniel Barenboim: a film which presented them to the television public for the first time. It was shot in three days and edited in three weeks.

We have worked together ever since because I have never seen a lighting cameraman do better. His lighting, his composition and his camera work show gifts of the highest order; they bear witness to a glorious artistic sensibility — and endless hard work, invested in polishing those gifts.

The prizes came, not because the film is so well made, but because it brought...

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