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Chopin: La Dame Aux Camelias [DVD] [2009] [2010] [NTSC]


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  • Directors: Schmidtsdorff
  • Format: NTSC, Colour, DTS Surround Sound
  • Language: French, Italian, Spanish, German, English, Dutch
  • Subtitles: Dutch, English, French, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: 27 April 2009
  • Run Time: 191 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0025XW95E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,463 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Based on the Alexandre Dumas novel that also inspired the stories of Verdi's La Traviata and Hollywood's Moulin Rouge, John Neumeier creates a riveting dance drama around the famous woman of lore, La Dame aux caméias. The passionate tale of Marguerite Gautier and Armand Duval unfolds ingeniously through a drama-within-a-drama as they meet at the theatre during a performance of Manon Lescaut. So begin their romantic adventures in Paris, brought to life by Neumeier's intense and refined choreographic language. Chopin's ravishing music highlights this exceptional neo-classical ballet, featuring the star dancers of the Paris Opéra Ballet. This lavish production, filmed live at the Palais Garnier in High Definition and full surround sound, is all about love, passion, danger and glorious dancing from one of the best ballet companies in the world.

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'John Neumeier has created a ballet in which emotions go crescendo... Agnes Letestu, the great dramatic heroine, triumphs in this ballet danced to music by Chopin.' --Figaro

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By PEANUT GALLERY on 2 Jun 2009
Having purchased the DVD of the 1978 Stuttgart production featuring Marcia Haydee last year, I immediately fell in love with this beautiful dance drama set to Chopin's ravishing music. Sadly, however, I think Haydee was past her best when the DVD was recorded and her dancing left much to be desired. I was thrilled therefore when I discovered the 2008 Paris Opera version on the Amazon website. If I could give this production ten stars I would do so without hesitation. Everything about it is perfect. Agnes Letestu absolutely shines in the role of Marguerite, not only is she a superb dancer but is an excellent actress as well, effortlessly conveying the joy, sadness and desperation of the doomed courtesan. Stephane Bullion as Armand is superb as are the supporting dancers. I cannot find fault anywhere. The sets are simple but effective heightening the drama of this poignant tale. The costumes are beautiful. The sound and picture are absolutely outstanding but then I have come to expect no less from Opus Arte, would that some of the other recording companies could achieve such a high standard. I cannot recommend this DVD highly enough, as stated at the start of this review, if I could give it ten stars, I would do so without hesitation.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. E. ATTFIELD on 12 July 2009
In July 2008 I was fortuinate to be able to see this ballet live at the Operas Garnier in Paris, performed by the cast that features on this DVD. At the time it was being filmed, so I waited with anticipation for the release of this DVD.

I was delighted with the results, and would recommend it to ballet lovers everywhere.

The story is well known, of Marguerite Gautier the Parisien Courtisan. Of urequited love, tragedy and life in Paris society during the mid 1800's.

The famous Choreographer John Neumeier, uses the story of Manon Lescant, another tragic young woman, to portray the deep inner feelings of the characters, to tell the story. He explans fully his motives in the second disc which includes a very interesting documentary.

This is a lavish, beautifully choreographed version with equisite costumes, wonderful music by Chopin, played by the Paris Opera Orchestra and two excellent pianist's.

The dancers Stephane Buillion and Agnes Letestu, two of the top stars of the company, make a perfect partnership, living their parts in unison, both technically brilliant, and sharing the emotion of the ballet as if it is real.

The supporting cast are also very convincing, and play their parts well, even the corp de ballet, execute the variations with great skill, which makes La Dameaux Camelias a wonderful production to watch. But be warned if you are sentimental be prepared to need a tissue to wipe your eyes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jose Brito on 30 Mar 2010
Acclaimed John Neumeier created this ballet (premiered in November 1978)for the Stuttgarter Ballet and his friend Marcia Haydée who danced the first Margerite. He followed Dumas'novel closely and chose Chopin's music as score to his choreography (one of the two composers suggested by conductor Gerhard Markson - either Chopin or Berlioz, or both). In fact, Chopin's music proved to be essential to the drama, the polish composer having been a contemporary of Dumas Fils and Marie(Alphonsine)Duplessis whose real three-year love affair the writer himself immortalised first in a novel(1848)and later in a play (1852).Curiously, Chopin had also died of tuberculosis, like Marie - Marguerite Gautier in the novel.Chopin's exalted music thus underlines truthfully the whole ballet contributing to its great romantic dimention.Neumeier chose to paralell the story of Armand and Marguerite to Abbé's Des Grieux and Manon whose passion also meets death in the end.The ominous performance of Manon Lescault in the theater where they first meet will follow their own destinies,Neumeir ingeniously creating a drama within a drama.
Étoiles José Martinez and Delphine Moussin are Des Grieux and Manon:they dance beautifully, bestowing their solid technique as well as Dorothée Gilbert(Prudence Duvernoy) and Karl Paquette(Gaston Rieux).A chance to watch again Michaël Denard(a retired étoile who dances, along with Nureyev and Thesmar,Lacotte's Marco Spada - Rome,1982 - on a DVD released last year)playing Armand Duval's father.
What about Marguerite er Armand? In fact, in my humble opinion, Agnès Letestu is undoubtedly unforgettable as a dancer and as an actress.Her beauty and her superior technique have the companionship of her acting which overwhelms you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. Van der Walt on 18 Nov 2009
I have a vast collection of Ballet DVDs, but this one is absolutely superb. I cannot praise it too highly and agree with the previous two reviews. I have watched it probably 30 times......yes, it is THAT good and in spite of the sadness of the story.........I just become so involved with the dancers, especially Agnes Letestu and the gorgeous Stephane Bullion.........they bring it all alive, for me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cressida on 26 Aug 2012
This is a fantastic ballet and this DVD does it credit. Sometimes ballet on film can be disappointing or not filmed very well. But this DVD manages to capture the essence and beauty of this sadly overlooked work.

Based on La Dame aux Camelias by Dumas and originally made for the Stuttgart Ballet to feature the great Marcia Haydee, this is real ballet at its romantic best. The Marguerite and Armand pas de deux is one of the most sensuous pieces of choreography I have ever seen. And the choice to use music by Chopin was a wise one as so much of his music is, as a dancer friend of mine likes to say, dancey. The performances are superb, especially Agnes Letestu as Marguerite. My mother saw Marcia Haydee dance this role on stage and has raved about it ever since. But I cannot imagine it was much better than they way Agnes Letestu dances and acts it. This is a ballet worth seeing and remembering.
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