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Herold: La Fille Mal Gardee [Blu-Ray] [DVD] [2010]

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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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  • Format: Classical, PAL
  • Language: French, English
  • Subtitles: Dutch, French, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Feb 2009
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001OA072G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,635 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Choreographer Frederick Ashton's joyous vision of 'La Fille Mal Gardee', with Marianela Nunez and Carlos Acosta in the roles of Lise and Colas. The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, conducted by Anthony Twiner, complete the production.

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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Magic 8 Jun 2008
One of the all time great performances of 'La Fille' - thankfully captured on film for us all to savour forever.
A perfect partnership for this ballet where both dancers share perfect chemistry. Carlos Acosta already an international ballet star is in perfect form - his sense of timing and comedy blends well with the complex Aston style. The beautiful, cheeky and sunny Marinella Nunez shines gloriously as Lise - a role she was born to play. Make no mistake, Argentine born Nunez is one of the finest dancers of her generation. Covent Garden and the british ballet world has already fallen head over heals in love with this lovely lady - apart from her obvious elegance and talent she also possesses the likeability factor - her genuine warmth makes people smile.
Special credit should also be made to the genious who is Will Tuckett for his comic Widow Simone - he makes this larger than life character his own with histerical precision.
So if you are ever down and want chearing up - then put on the dvd - it will always do the trick and get you smiling. Somehow the world feels better! The Royal Ballet at their very finest - pure magic!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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This wonderful Frederick Ashton confection from 1960 has remained a firm favourite for audiences ever since its first performance and this 2005 recording does it full justice. The ballet, with music by Hérold, skilfully arranged by John Lanchbery, has so many delights on offer that one hardly knows where to start.

The opening scene of the farmyard with the cockerel and hens is completely endearing and is the perfect example of Ashton's unerring sense of style where the humorous effect is achieved by no-compromise seriously good dancing which then frees the audience to enjoy the concept. Much the same can be said of the milk churn sequence, the various dances featuring ribbons, the maypole, the clog dance and everything to do with the hapless and clueless suitor, Alain. Nothing is overplayed and much is achieved by delicious under-statement and this informs every minute of this delightful ballet.

Of course, much depends on the abilities of the various dancers and the company to translate Ashton's choreography into the reality of a performance and this involves dancing of great skill. Again, the secret is to allow the charm of the choreography to come through unimpeded by any form of `humorous' exaggeration. All of this is achieved in every detail in this wonderful production.

Acosta and Nunez make an ideal pairing and achieve a real sense of mutual affection for each other. This comes over in every step they take in which there is not the slightest sense of competition but simply that of complete practical and emotional support. The essentially humorous roles of Widow Simone, performed by William Tuckett, and Alain, performed by Jonathan Howells, are further examples of tasteful and gentle humour underpinned with rock-steady technical skill.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! 9 Nov 2009
Its the closest you can get to a fairytale without computer graphics or animation. The beauty of this ballet with amazing dancers entraces everyone. I bought it for my little girls and even Daddy watched it with them. There's no indication of the story and a quick synopsis would have been good, but if you look it up before you start watching you can watch it unfold and understand it easily.
This ballet has a ribbon dance a clog dance and a may pole dance. There are no dark sections and lots of fun. Its perfect for younger viewers, especially those who long to play the lead one day!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An everyday story of country folk 1 July 2010
A fortnight before the storming of the Bastille in 1789 a new ballet was performed for the first time in Bordeaux. It was a simple story of a girl in a small village who wants to marry her sweetheart but her widowed mother wants her to marry the simple son of a rich local farmer. As you would expect, all ends happily.

The original music was largely made up from popular tunes of the day. Various bits were added and in 1818 the composer Ferdinand Hérold pulled the whole thing together, including original numbers which he composed. During the nineteenth century numbers were added: for example those who know their Rossini will recognise that the music accompanying the entrance of Lise (the heroine) is lifted straight from the first act of The Barber of Seville. There are also extracts from Donizetti. To complicate matters further one Johann Hertel composed a completely new score in 1864, and this was the one everyone used from the end of the nineteenth century till 1960.

In 1959 Frederick Ashton and John Lanchbery worked up a completely new version. The basis was Hérold's score, together with many of the later accretions. Lanchbery used only one number from the Hertel score: a dance in 4/4 which he recast in 12/4 as the well-known "Clog Dance". He also wrote some original music himself and adapted music from other composers.

The notes for this DVD record that the music is "By Hérold, freely adapted by John Lanchbery" but you will see that this is something of a simplification!

In my opinion Lanchbery has done a first-class job with the score. It all hangs together very convincingly and is full of delightful tunes.
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Published 12 hours ago by A RUSHWORTH
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
ballet at its best
Published 19 days ago by Donald Logan
5.0 out of 5 stars A joyful ballet
Exquisite dancing. Inspired casting. A gentle amble through Suffolk countryside. William Tuckett as Widow Simone is outstanding. His clog dance is one of the best I've ever seen. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Carla
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice for leisure.
Good company, good filming, good dancers, good film quality. It's a very brith ballet and fun to whatch. I don ever get the chance of watching it live, now I can see it anytime.
Published 8 months ago by Joana Amoroso
5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous introduction to ballet
This production is a pure joy to watch. The timing both balletic and comic is unparalleled. William Tuckett as the mother steels the show with such warmth that you really feel that... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Nigel Willis
5.0 out of 5 stars La Fille Mal Gaedee DVD 2010
My granddaughter and I are very happy with this. Thank you
This product is just as it should be and we look forward to many more happy hours watching it.
Published 12 months ago by Mrs Christina J Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Charmed All the Way
This is the most delightful production of La Fille Mal Gardee. It is not only beautifully danced but is very funny and the cast is well chosen. I laughed out loud at times. Read more
Published on 8 Dec 2011 by Francis
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally enjoyable on any level and a truly inspirational disc
This wonderful Frederick Ashton confection from 1960 has remained a firm favourite for audiences ever since its first performance and this 2005 recording does it full justice. Read more
Published on 7 Nov 2011 by I. Giles
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful ballet, cast and image
This is such a feel-good ballet, beautifully staged and danced! I saw it live in London with a different cast (Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg) and I wasn't sure I would enjoy the... Read more
Published on 26 Jan 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A ballet which will appeal to most people.
This is such a wonderful ballet which should appeal to most people. Sir Frederick Ashton's version has been long regarded as the definitive version of this ballet. Read more
Published on 5 Dec 2010 by Nigel Mc
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