Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey

  • 1995
  • Movie
  • PG
  • Documentary

You may not know what a theremin looks like, but you know exactly how it sounds: It makes that eerie woo-ee-woo noise at the beginning of the Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations." This engrossing documentary looks at the life of the Russian-born scientist who invented it, quite by accident, when he was trying to build a radio. From the Kremlin to Carnegie Hall,...read more

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You may not know what a theremin looks like, but you know exactly how it sounds: It makes that eerie woo-ee-woo noise at the beginning of the Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations." This engrossing documentary looks at the life of the Russian-born scientist who invented it, quite by accident,

when he was trying to build a radio. From the Kremlin to Carnegie Hall, to imprisonment in Soviet labor camps and mental hospitals, to eventual employment by the KGB, Leon Theremin's life is so bizarrely dramatic you'd never buy it if it weren't true. Filled with film clips -- the theremin is a

favorite on science fiction soundtracks -- interviews, home movies and newsreels, THEREMIN does its subject justice, which is no mean feat.

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  • Released: 1995
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: You may not know what a theremin looks like, but you know exactly how it sounds: It makes that eerie woo-ee-woo noise at the beginning of the Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations." This engrossing documentary looks at the life of the Russian-born scientist who inv… (more)

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