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La Traviata [VHS]

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  • Actors: Teresa Stratas, Plácido Domingo, Cornell MacNeil, Allan Monk, Axelle Gall
  • Directors: Franco Zeffirelli
  • Writers: Franco Zeffirelli, Alexandre Dumas fils, Francesco Maria Piave
  • Producers: Carlo Lastricati, Tarak Ben Ammar
  • Format: Classical
  • Language: Italian
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
  • VHS Release Date: 12 Feb. 1996
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004R6R9
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,691 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Franco Zeffirelli directs this film of Verdi's classic opera. James Levine conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus and the lead characters are played by Teresa Stratas, Placido Domingo, Cornell MacNeil and Allan Monk.

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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Henry on 16 Jun. 2006
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Ten years on video and no DVD yet! Come on Deutsche Grammophon release the DVD, please! This is one of 'the' best opera films available. Zeffirelli went to town on this, with sumptuous costumes and sets. His three stars were wonderful. Stratas actually looks like a consumptive and sings gorgeously. Domingo was fantastic in this part looking great and singing and acting like a dream, showing that some tenors can actually act as well as sing. Cornel MacNeil was just right as the pompous father who lives to regret his actions. This film was probably one of the first opera films to do well in cinemas and it stayed fairly true to the original opera, only missing out a couple of arias. If you've never seen an opera this is a good film to start with.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Jun. 2001
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This lavish production brings the sad story of the famous 19th century courtesan to life like no other. The singers are excellent, the costumes extraordinarily beautiful and the set decorations lovingly arranged with great eye to period detail, right down to the idyllic outdoor settings and the hundreds of candles and real champagne in the ball scenes. And as if that's not enough, the dance scenes even feature stars of the Bolshoi ballet!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Opera Cinema At Its Very Best 12 Nov. 2001
By Ruth Edlund - Published on
This film is the standard by which all opera films must be measured.
Zefirelli gets right to work and makes good use of the mournful overture by showing the creditors of the dying Violetta ransacking her formerly grand Paris apartment. We realize with horror at the end of the overture that she is still there, coughing away, in the apartment, while the creditors cart away the beautiful accoutrements of her former life.
The remainder of the opera is portrayed as a sensational flashback as the blues of the scenes shown during the overture give rise to the warm candlelight tones of the party, brilliantly costumed, acted, and sung. The "Brindisi" scene is absolute perfection: meltingly sung by both Placido Domingo and Teresa Stratas, romantic and well-matched leads, stunningly costumed, with a lavish spread on the table that would make Martha Stewart look like a piker.
The middle scenes with Cornell McNeil drag somewhat, perhaps because the country idyll of Violetta is inherently unbelievable, and the lyric soprano singing isn't quite as interesting as the coloratura singing in the first act, and the dramatic singing in the third act.
No matter. The large choral scenes which follow are satisfyingly dramatic, with no less a personage than Natalia Makarova in a dancing role, and Alfredo's denunciation of Violetta is both melodic and superbly villainous.
As the opera ends, we discover, in a cruel Zeffirellian twist, that Violetta's deathbed reunion with Alfredo has been a dying hallucination, as the set fades to the same blues of the overture. Get out your handkerchiefs.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Zeffereli+ Verdi Plus Film Equals Greatness 2 Aug. 2001
By A Customer - Published on
You don't have to be an opera fan to enjoy this film. Noted Italian director Franco Zeffreli (Romeo and Juliet 1968) and Hamlet with Mel Gibson, Glen Close(1991) makes Verdi's classic opera into an unforgettable movie experience. The Italian bel canto is at his flower with Domingo in the role of Alfredo, a poor young man from the French Provence who falls for the lusty but deathly ill Violetta Valery (Teresa Stratas). The romance is brought beautifully to life with spectacular dances and lavish locales. The music of Verdi, from the Prelude to Act 1 and 3 to the very key moments of the opera, are conducted to perfection by Levine. The great numbers are all here - the Brindisi, "Sempre Libera" the duets between Alfredo and Violetta "Parigi O Cara ", and Stratas does a wonderful performance in the arias "Ah Ser Fu lei," "O Gran Dio Morir Si Giovine " and "Addio Del Passato." We must also emphasize the beauty of her duet with Alfredo's father in "Conozca Il Sacrificio" and Giorgio's excellent "Pura siccome angelo " and "Di Provincia Il Mare " not to mention the brilliant ensemble pieces such as the finale to Act 2. And the dances! "No Siamo Zingarelle " the dances of the Gypsies and the Matore chorus and revelers. The love theme "Un Di Felice" in which Alfredo pours out his love to Violetta is lovely and the death scene captured wonderfully. Go ahead and see for yourself.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Traviata 20 July 2001
By operamaryc - Published on
As a film, not a stage production, this is the best available, if not without flaws. The Covent Garden live stage performance with Solti is terrific as well. Stratas' acting good as always but her pitch and tone quality often off the mark which I'm surprised wasn't fixed. Domingo is wonderful(I don't care about age; the performance is most important)and the cast singing is fine. Certainly far superior to the recent Paris broadcast with Cura! Moffo's Traviata is good but dubbing a film is always tacky and you just seem to have to make allowances for it. Looking good takes priority over singing; people who don't understand the dynamics of singing opera (not always attractive) prefer to have the singer's mouths "look pretty/handsome" - that's why I prefer videos of stage productions rather than opera movies. I just make allowances for the difference and don't let it get in the way of enjoying one of my favorite operas. I recommend this along with the Covent Garden and Beverly Sills' videos. It still weaves some wonderful magic!
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Total enchantment and marvellous performance 29 Oct. 2001
By Mrs. Sunar Tjahjono - Published on
This video which is a movie, sung and performed by wellknown opera singers taken at luxurious homes and country side scenery as background is really a marvellous combination of the usual opera performance and natural movie shooting.
Placido Domingo as the young and romantic Alfredo sung so perfectly, so that he enlivened the tragic story of the young man falling in love to the wayward lady, Violetta. While Teresa Stratas, with her clear full voice, matching Domingo in her superb singing and performance, emphasized the tragic nuance of the music itself. Also Cornell MacNeil as Alfredo's father, Giorgio sung as beautifully as the others in his deep bass baritone voice and made the whole performance more than perfect.
We are especially moved by the magnificent romantic duets of Alfredo and Violetta and also the tragic duets of Violetta and Alfredo's father, Giorgio. Meanwhile we also adore the beautiful scenery in the luxurious rooms and country side, which cannot be viewed if perform on stage.
In overall this video is totally so enchanting with magnificent music and singing with excellent and beautiful background scenery from beginning to the end.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
For the Extremely Passionate Romantic 25 July 2003
By Rosanne Chandler - Published on
I am going to buy this movie so I can watch it 100 times. It is my third favorite movie in the world. I was not an opera fan but 20+ years ago had a thing for Placido Domingo after he did the Perhaps Love duet with John Denver. So when this movie came to an obsure theater in my town I rushed to see it. Went back the next night, and the next, etc., until they stopped showing it. I dragged anyone and everyone with me who was willing to go. Even played hookey from dance company rehersal and dragged by partner. By that time I had seen it so many times and had told him the story in such depth that he was amazed I hadn't missed one detail. That is how much this movie meant to me. You don't have to like opera or musicals but you must be very passionate and romantic to watch this film.
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