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Offenbach: La Belle Helene [DVD] [2008]

Dame Felicity Lott , Michel Sénéchal , Marc Minkowski    Exempt   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Dame Felicity Lott, Michel Sénéchal
  • Directors: Marc Minkowski
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: ARTHAUS
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Oct 2008
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001ILKU5U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,945 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Belle Helene (La)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavenly Helen! 29 May 2010
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This is a joy from beginning to end. Although there are many tricks and ideas from Laurent Pelly, as always he seems to still retain the Offenbach magic. La Lott and Monsieur Beuron are a joy, but so is everyone else. The Patriotic Trio by the sea is both a hoot and wonderfully sung, the score seems truly complete yet never flags and the finale sequences for especially acts 1 & 2 are a joy of movement and sound fused as one glorious Offenbachian moment. Buy this DvD and enjoy repeated viewings
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic silliness! 26 July 2013
'La Belle Helene' is surely one of Offenbach's very best operettas - very witty libretto and some really excellent music. Laurent Pelly mixes the ancient Greek setting of the story with modern day Greece (tourism, ancient ruins and seaside holidays) and all within the dreams of a middle aged housewife who wants to be the most beautiful, desired woman in the world. Its gloriously silly and works incredibly well. If I feel in need of cheering up, this production does it for me - I have a smile on my face from beginning to end and frequently laugh out loud at some of the more lunatic ideas! Everything is brilliant - the arrival of the Kings on luggage trolleys, Menelaus off on a BA flight to Crete, Nauplia as modern day Corfu beach resort - but the standout scene for me is the heavenly second act duet for Helene and Paris where they are joined by dancers dressed as sheep! Trust me - its inspired!

Felicity Lott is without a doubt the shining star of this production. Her voice is still wonderful and she acts the part to perfection, a consumate comic performance - the invocation to Venus is a real highlight. Her co-stars are equally great though. Yann Beuron oozes self confidence as handsome young Paris as well as displaying an agile, smooth tenor (both his 'Mount Ida' and crazy yodelling arias are superb). Veteran tenor Michel Senechal is perfect as hapless, hen-pecked Menelaus, Laurent Naouri looks every inch the Greek king as Agamemnon and Marie Ange Todorovich is a charming yet dissolute Orestes. Conductor Marc Minkowski races through the finale ensembles but can be mellow where necessary (the aforementioned duet for example). The dancers are excellent and used just right I think - the 'swimming' dance that opens Act 3 is very clever and brilliantly done.

I can't recommend this performance enough. If you have a sense of humour and enjoy Offenbach's catchy, sometimes silly but sometimes sensuous music then this is a must-see!
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5.0 out of 5 stars La Belle Helene 12 Nov 2011
A fine production of this operetta, with marvellous melodies and an inspired performance by that glorious Diva, Felicity Lott. One of Offenbachs greatest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun! 21 April 2013
By BoskoG
A comic operetta which pokes fun at the Helen of Troy story. A very energetic performance with some wonderful tunes!

Picture quality 5
Sound quality 5
Sets 5 - mostly modern but with reference to the ancient world.
Music making (orchestra) 5
Direction (camera work) 5
Singing/Acting - 5/5. Felicity Lott is outstanding.
Costumes 5 - modern and ancient.

Highly recommended.
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