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Giselle [1996] [DVD] [2000]

Paul Connelly , Alessandra Ferri    Exempt   DVD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Paul Connelly, Alessandra Ferri, Massimo Murru, La Scala Ballet Company, La Scala Theatre Orchestra
  • Format: Classical, PAL
  • Language: French, English, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, Swedish, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: ARTHAUS
  • DVD Release Date: 15 May 2000
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004TYYO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,734 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Italian prima-ballerina Alessandra Ferri takes centre stage in this production of the ballet by Adolphe Adam, recorded at Teatro Alla Scala in 1996. Paul Connelly conducts, with choreography by Patrice Bart.

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Giselle


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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine La Scala production 21 May 2006
By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Alessandra Ferri is a superb Giselle, making the transition from a high spirited girl to death and then to initiation as a Wili with complete conviction. Massimo Murru cuts an athletic romantic figure as the deceiving Count Albrecht who steals Giselle from Hilarion (Paul Conelly) another fine performance.

The staging is traditional but extremely effective, particularly in Act 11, some lovely dancing by the corps de ballet (at one point they received spontaneous applause mid dance) and fine orchestral playing.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Production 11 Aug 2003
Format:DVD
This is a recreation of the Ballet Russes production in the 1920s and I will have to say that it is absolutely spendid.
Alessandra Ferri dances in the title role with a great sense of tragedy and it is so hard not to cry during the famous Mad Scene. Miss Ferri is truly a major star. Her love interest who is played by Massimo Muru is very handsome and is a very good dancer. It is easy to see why Giselle would fall in love with him.
A great advantage of this production is that it includes the mine squence in which Giselle's mother tells the legend of the Wilies. That makes a lot more sense for me for so often this piece of mine is very often cut in modern productions. The picture is excellent and the music is so beautiful and so heartrending especially during the Pas de Deux in the second Act when Giselle is trying to protect her lover from the vengeful spirits. At the end, I was crying my eyes out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a spectacular, stunning Giselle 21 Dec 2009
By D&D TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Before seeing this, I hadn't realised how good this company was: the dancing is of exceptionally high quality. The main performers - Alessandra Ferri, Massimo Murru, Isabel Seabra, and Maurizio Vanadia - are wonderful. Not only that, but both the production (costumes and sets are beautiful) and picture quality are superb.

Ferri's interpretation is fabulous: her dancing is vibrant and her acting and expressions capture the essence of the naive, love-stuck young girl in Act I, and then, as the protective Willi for the final Act. Also, it's great to hear Adam's lovely score performed on such a high level by the world-class LaScala orchestra.

The only recorded performances of Giselle I know of that are on the same level as this one are the ABT one with Makarova and Baryshnikov (the best dancing, and an uncut performance) and the one from the Kirov, which, besides the expected superb dancing, is a wonderful old production (also uncut).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Giselle , the ballet Teatro alla Scala. 10 Feb 2014
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Alessandra Ferri one of my favourite ballerinas, this dvd was absolutely great as I expected. Giselle is my absolute favourite ballet so the two put together was fabulous .
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  28 reviews
33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ferri and Murru... both stellar in Giselle 2 Jan 2004
By R. Nicholson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
A spectacular, stunning Giselle!

This DVD version of Giselle was recorded live at La Scala. It stars Alessandra Ferri as Giselle and Massimo Murru as Albrecht: both give stellar performances.

There are the many wonderful moments in this production: I'll touch briefly on a few....

-Ferri is breathtaking in her interpretation of the main character: her dancing is vibrant and her acting and expressions capture the essence of the naive, love-stuck young girl in Act I, and then, as the protective Wili for the final Act.

-The costumes and sets are beautiful. For example, in the village scenes of Act I, the corps de ballet wear gold and rust colored outfits , while Ferri,as Giselle, wears a sky blue skirt with a navy blue top that makes her stand out from the other performers. She is simply stunning, your eye cannot help but be drawn to her in this setting.

-There is something about ballet done before a live audience. This "Giselle" is so enchanting, you could really appreciate the reaction of the audience: enthusiastically clapping and cheering, almost before some of the scenes ended.

- And last but not least, there is the music by Adolphe Adams: melodies so beautiful and haunting that when combined with the choreography for this work, have resulted in a ballet that has become an ageless masterpiece. What a thrill it must have been to have been there that night.

Technically, I thought the cameras were well placed and film editing was, with one or two exceptions, well done. The DVD has superb video and audio, and the menu allows you to go to any scene you like.

All in all a recording of Giselle of the highest quality.

P.S. If I had to pick a Giselle to buy, this is the DVD I'd recommend. The other notable offering of Giselle is the movie version by the American Ballet Theatre starring Carla Fracci and Eric Bruhn. The dancing is excellent in the ABT production but the film editing is poor. (to the point of distraction at times)
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's La Scala's "Giselle" not Baryshnikov's "Dancers" 19 Jan 2001
By MR GARY A CAPSHAW - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I ordered what I thought would be "Dancers" since the reviews are all of that movie and so is the cast list. Was I ever pleasantly surprized!! This DVD is actually by the Teatro alla Scala with Alessandra Ferri as Giselle. It is like being there. Fantastic photography. You are in a box seat, best in the house. The main performers -- Alessandra Ferri, Massimo Murru, Isabel Seabra, and Maurizio Vanadia -- are often better than the Bolshoi video I have. The staging and costumes are wonderful. The music was by the Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala under the direction of Paul Connelly. I was happy to see that the dancers looked happy and healthy, unlike the anorexics at ABT and NYCB. The corps de ballet, on the other hand -- while generally very good -- looked like some of its members had been shanghai-ed from classes. My wife studied at the San Francisco Ballet Company and she thinks it is the best Giselle she has ever seen. The live audience went wild, and I have to agree completely with them. If you enjoy good ballet, you won't want to miss this one.
28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great dancing, but lacking in camera work. 13 Jan 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
The dancing is great as one would expect from Ferri, however the camera angles were not very satisfying. There are too much panning and not enough close ups. The lighting is quite dark which causes the stage details to come out not as well as it could have on video. If I had to buy Giselle again, I would probably not chose this video.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most beautiful Giselle 20 Dec 2001
By robert e. smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Of the recorded performances I know, this one is easily the best looking -- not only the production, which is lovely, but also the picture quality. The superb new DV tape is really something, giving in-theater recordings almost the same picture quality as film. Sharp and razor clear imagery and with beautiful color saturation too.
The dancing is of a exceptionally high quality. All three leads are excellent -- they have great talent founded on firm classical technique. The LaScala ensemble work is marvelous -- virtually a match for that of the Kirov and much superior to the often slovenly ensemble seen in ABT performances. The Peasant Pas is the best I've ever seen -- the two kids are wonderful -- terrific dancers, full of life and spirit, and the best looking too.
Additionally, the score is performed without the hideous cuts that totally ruin the ABT production (also on DVD) with Fracci and Bruhn. The LaScala orchestra, of course, is sensational. I totally agree with Riccardo Muti that the LaScala orchestra is one of the two best in the world. It's very nice to hear Adam's lovely score performed on such a high level.
The only recorded performances of Giselle I know that are on the same level as this one are the ABT one with Makarova and Baryshnikov (the best dancing, and an uncut performance) and the Kirov, which, besides the expected superb dancing, is a wonderful old production complete with flying Willis (also uncut).
Beware of the Fracci/Bruhn performance -- the cuts are brutal and the TV style direction is so tacky it is close to sickening.
For a Giselle that truly reflects the chaste and delicate nature of the work -- get this wonderful LaScala performance.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 15 Mar 2007
By Georgios Xenias - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This is a very classical production of Giselle by the Kirov forces in the early 1980s. Sets and costumes are exactly what one would expect in this kind of production: traditional and beautiful. In the second Act there are some impressive tricks (dancers floating above the stage, etc.), which are perfectly executed and quite effective. The picture and sound quality are good. The performance was filmed live, so you get the audience's responce (which I like), as well as some thumping from the dancers' feet (which I could do without).

I believe there is no need to stress that the corps is great. Anyone who has seen Kirov performances from that era knows that they carried sort of a guarantee of excellence.

Terekhova, who dances Myrtha, the Queen of the ghosts, is pefect. The absolute control of movement combined with an icy expression, gives a spooky and at the same time fascinating feeling to the part. I wish she had more to do -I couldn't get enough of her.

Zaklinski is Albrecht, Giselle's controversial lover. I had seen him before in the Kirov's Corsaire, dancing the slave-trader, which is almost a character role. He was great there too, but what a surprise to see him here. He is an excellent noble dancer, very stylish, very handsome, and a good actor, too. Acting abilities were mandatory in this case, not only beacause of the complexity of the part, but also because he was coupled with such a Giselle!

Which brings us to Mezentseva, the Giselle. She is the main reason I'm writing this review. I've read reviews describing her as "an ancient anorexic" (in the UK Amazon) or even "a bag of bones". True, she is not pretty. She is tall, her shoulders are broad and she is VERY thin. If I were the costume designer, I'd have covered her arms and bust by all means. But a great artist does not need looks. And a great artist she is. One minute after she appears, the "look" issue was forgotten for me. Her dancing is excellent, in the best Kirov tradition. Wonderful, fluid movement, absolute control, perfect form, -everything you'd expect from a Kirov prima ballerina,- but her ACTING is what absolutely took my breath away. What a wonderful Giselle she is! Her Act I finale almost had me in tears. In fact she IS in tears, herself. You can see them streaming down her cheeks as she turns from her mother to Albrecht in despair. Her madness and death-scene are unforgetable. And how naturally she slides into the un-natural state of Giselle in the 2nd Act. She is and is not the village girl anymore. She is gentle, compassionate and detached. A spirit.

This was a very rewarding purchase for me, and, unless what you are looking for is a lovely creature dancing pirouettes, I would definitely recomend it.
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