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The Gershwins' Porgy And Bess [DVD] [1993]

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  • Actors: Willard White, Cynthia Haymon, Gregg Baker, Cynthia Clarey, Marietta Simpson
  • Directors: Trevor Nunn
  • Writers: Trevor Nunn, Dorothy Heyward, DuBose Heyward, Yves Baignères
  • Producers: Dennis Marks, Greg Smith, Jac Venza
  • Format: Classical, PAL, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Italian, German
  • 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: EMI Classics
  • DVD Release Date: 14 May 2001
  • Run Time: 184 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059TGQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,022 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The story is entirely enclosed in a black community that lives on the coast of South Carolina next to a fishing harbour. They are fishermen and they till some land for cotton. They live in some kind of a fort that is closed by a metal and monumental gate and that is entirely turned inward onto its own courtyard. The only outside people are the police that comes when a crime is discovered and that is only to make a token arrest since they never get any testimony about who committed the crime. There will be two murders in the "fort". The other visitors are peddlers. The strawberry lady, the honey man or the crab man do not represent a danger in any way. But the drug peddler known as Sportin' Life is another can of worms. He is dangerous and his role will be dramatic in the story. The story is simple. A woman who is more or less an easy woman is the unmarried woman of a violent man. They are Bess and Crown. She provides her man with the money he needs to buy alcohol and drugs and to gamble. She is entirely mesmerized and dominated by the drug, Happy Dust, and her man. The drama starts with Crown killing another man, Robbins. He runs. The cops want to arrest some bystander, Peter, but he will be eventually released after some time in prison. The main witness that testifies no one has seen anything is a cripple and beggar, Porgy. He appears as being the one who defends the waterproof character of the community. Do not deal with the white police. He is also the one who is going to take care of Bess, left behind by Crown who is on the run

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Taplin on 8 Jun. 2014
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This might be a sign of me getting old but everyone seemed to be singing in a higher register than the songs I held in my memory.
Nothing can detract from the beauty of the lyrics the overall composition and what hits me most is that where drugs are concerned very little changes. A sad beautiful drama almost perfect.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Snapper on 8 Jan. 2014
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I had an old video tape of this production which I loved, so I decided to buy the DVD version. It shows its age, with an aspect ratio of 4:3 and video quality which is nothing special, but the sound is good and the performance brilliant, with only the odd hint that it is actually mimed.
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35 of 45 people found the following review helpful By O. Shahryar on 6 Jan. 2008
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If you want to get to know the Gershwins' 'Porgy and Bess', this is a brilliant version to watch.

Willard White is just incredible, and of course Gershwin's music throughout is just sublime. Seeing 'Summertime' (you know the one) in the context of the show sheds a completely different light on it.

The only annoyance was the poor miming (mouths and voices out of synch), and for me it was a big annoyance. But I still found myself moved from time to time.
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Bought this for a French friend as he played the music in a concert over here but did not know of the story they loved it.
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