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Napoli [DVD] [2011] [NTSC]

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  • Format: Classical, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Unknown
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: CLASSICAL
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Jun 2006
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FIHFEG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,153 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Widely becoming one the world's top ballet companies, The Danish Royal Ballet bring you Napoli, a 19th Century ballet choreographed by August Bournonville.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars re-discover Bournonville! 9 Mar 2007
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Bournonville ( appointed choreographer to Royal Danish Ballet in early 1800 ) is better known for the 2nd version of La Sylphide(1836),the first being Filippo Taglioni's (1832) ideally revived by Lacotte as a tribute to the legendary Maria Taglioni, in 1971.Napoli shows Bournonville's peculiar choreography mostly on demi-pointe so strikingly light and elegant, especially in the "pas de six" where the dancers show their danish technique.Quite enjoyable.
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A ballet of 1842 with the company displaying the Bournonville style. At his time, travel ballets were popular as were supernatural scenes.Bournonville could bring on a corps of ethereal women, staging dances of otherworldly glamour. But Napoli is famous for the celebratory dances of the last act taken from his memory of folk dances seen on a trip to Naples including the tarantella. I take a star off because the lines of the corps are not straight but the dances have gusto and the dvd is very enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A favourite 21 Nov 2006
By Helen - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an utterly charming period piece (1842), and an opportunity to see Bournonville technique at its best. The ballet has everything - plot, humour, lots of mime, stage tricks, fairies and realism, enjoyable sets and costumes, and a final divertissement which demonstrates superb technique in solos, pas de deux and varied groups alike.

I have this on tape and haven't seen the DVD, which I'd love to have. My tape, although 20 years, old, still has good colour. Above all, it was produced for video and TV by the incomparable Preben Montell, who has the invaluable knack of finding the best distance and angle to best capture each aspect of the ballet. I'd put this recording in my top 10 any day.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bournonville At It's Best 18 May 2007
By mousefan - Published on Amazon.com
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Napoli is a ballet in three acts based on the story, "The Fisherman and His Bride". The first act takes place in Naples and people have gathered on the wharf. The lemonade seller (Peppo) and the macaroni seller (Giacomo) are both in love with Teresina but she is in love with Gennaro and she awaits his arrival from a fishing trip. When Gennaro arrives, he and Teresina become engaged. Meanwhile, the townsfolk are dancing on the wharf. The lovers go out for a moonlight sail while the others remain dancing and watching the entertainment by a street singer and a puppeteer. This first act has a lot of pantomime in it and some people might tend to get bored with it, but this is needed to tell that a bit of time has passed before a storm comes. The lovers are reported missing after the storm and soon Gennaro is pulled from the water but Teresina is still missing. A monk gives Gennaro a religious medal to keep him safe and tells Gennaro to go out looking for Teresina.

Act two is in the Blue Grotto, the home of Golfo, The Demon of the Sea. The naiads are Golfo's slaves. Teresina finds herself waking up in the Blue Grotto and the naiads prepare her for her initiation. She is transformed into a naiad right before your very eyes (instant costume change). Teresina dances with Golfo and refuses his advances. She has lost her memory of being mortal. Gennaro enters the Grotto in a canoe and notices Teresina's guitar so he looks further for her. Once he finds her, she does not recognize him. He tolds up the sacred medal that the monk gave him and she suddenly remembers who she was. Teresina returns to her mortal state (instant costume change) and the lovers leave the Grotto as the naiads and Golfo wave goodbye to them.

Act three is set in another part of Italy and there is a bit of pantomime where Peppo and Giacomo accuse Gennaro of being evil. The monk arrives and straightens all of it out. THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF ALL THE TERRIFIC DANCING!!! Bournonville at it's best starting with chapter 12. The Pas de six by the townsfolk, the Tarantella and the Finale. WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL!!! If you get bored with the beginning, start with the Pas de six and watch until the end, then go back and watch from the beginning. I've got Napoli in 3 formats, video, laserdisc and now, finally DVD. I've loved this for years and besides all the terrific dancing, the music and costumes are lovely too.

This is a MUST SEE!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent ballet storytelling 25 Jun 2010
By E. Gibbons - Published on Amazon.com
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An excellent example of ballet of the romantic era, this version presents authentic choreography slightly updated for contemporary technique and audience. It is vivid story-telling in ballet at its best--the character of each individual is revealed through carefully shaped movement. While knowing something of ballet and its history will enable a richer enjoyment of this ballet, such background is not necessary, for the viewer can clearly understand what drives Gennaro, Teresina, Veronica, Golfo, and the comic contribution of Giacomo and Peppo, just by watching, as Bournonville intended.

The observer must understand that ballet involves more than just doing as much "Wow!" as can be packed into a short period of time. Excerpts from ballets, presenting short bursts of spectacular technique, may be appreciated for their athleticism, and may keep the attention of the uninitiated, but miss the purpose of ballet of the romantic and classical eras: to tell a story, to reveal something of human nature. Anyone who finds the work of the Royal Danish Ballet to be "amateurish" has not studied ballet, either as a dancer or as a scholar. This is a charming ballet, well-crafted and well-performed, which gets better every time it is watched; I show it in various college classes and have seen it dozens of times, and it never gets old.

Like all full-length ballets, the last act contains most of the dancing. But to skip to this without experiencing the whole ballet would be as ridiculous as skipping to all the really big words and juicy phrases of a novel.
Watch it in its entirety as a full-length ballet, realizing that it was choreographed and performed to tell a story and reveal a facet of human nature through dance.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Re-discover Bournonville 16 Feb 2009
By Jose Brito - Published on Amazon.com
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Bournonville ( appointed choreographer to Royal Danish Ballet in early 1800 ) is better known for the 2nd version of La Sylphide(1836),the 1st being the P.Taglioni's (1832) ideally revived by Lacotte as a tribute to the legendary Maria Taglioni, in 1971.Ballet mostly on demi-pointe,as peculiar in Bournonville,is strikingly light and exquisite especially in the "pas de six" where the dancers show their danish technique.Quite enjoyable.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Want More! 28 Jan 2014
By Constance - Published on Amazon.com
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Such a happy ballet! In a world where all you can get on tv is sports, I am starving for more ballet dvd's like this one!
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