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A Village Romeo And Juliet [DVD] [2002]

Ido Ricklin , Israel Seyger    Exempt   DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Ido Ricklin, Israel Seyger
  • Format: Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, Full Screen, PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: Hebrew
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • 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: Decca
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Sep 2003
  • Run Time: 3 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009V3OC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,925 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Performances from Field, Davies, Hampson, Mora and Dean. Also with the Arnold Schoenberg Choir and the ORF Symphonieorchester.

Product Description

DEC 074177 9; DECCA - Inghilterra;

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Village Romeo and Juliet 29 July 2010
By V.A.
This is how I discovered for myself Frederic Delius, the composer.
The music is full with new harmonies and unusual for classical or romantic period structure.
I bought this DVD mainly because of the name of Thomas Hampson, and really enjoyed, as always, his performance. Besides, he is the only singer that acts in this film.
And I really enjoyed the set: beautiful mid-Europe mountain idyllic landscapes.
The actors are playing very well and convincing, other performers voices sound great.
I would give this film the highest rating.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Delius - A Village Romeo And Juliet [1992]

The sound track for this Czech film is taken from the superb Argo recording conducted by Mackerras, whilst the screen characters are portrayed by Czechoslovakian actors except for Thomas Hampson acting himself as the Dark Fiddler.

The actors are ideally cast, heartrending in their portrayal of despairing innocence and rejection in the face of adversity, and being driven to the desperate conclusion of the drama because of their fathers' feud that has left them bereft of homes and futures.

I presume it was filmed in Czechoslovakia but the enchanting scenery is redolent of English hills and rolling downland, the absolute embodiment of Delius' sublime score.

The direction gets right inside the world of Gotfried Keller's novel written at the end of the 19th century, with the film surpassing anything possible in the opera house.

There are some problems with the lip sych, but to expect perfection from young Czechoslovakian actors attempting a rather difficult libretto (I find it naive in places) is asking far too much.

A superb DVD rounded off with an excellent hour long Delius documentary from 1993 including a welcome involvement of Eric Fenby.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Village Romeo beautifully presented. 9 July 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Delius was notoriously disinclined to consider the practicalities of performing his works. For this reason Village Romeo
is better suited to film than opera house. This production is excellent. It is well filmed, capturing well the
atmosphere of the drama. The acting and singing are more than acceptable. Mackerras and his orchestra do the music
justice and Thomas Hampson is outstanding as the Dark Fiddler. I strongly recommend this DVD.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Village Romeo and Juliet.. Delius 3 Jan 2008
A beautiful production with actors of the authentic age, dubbed but not detectable. One act is like an Impressionist painting. Highly recommended for lovers of opera.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DELIGHTFUL DELIUS 1 Nov 2012
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I'm not a great opera lover and if there's one thing I hate it's people miming to music. So, on the face of it, I should have been giving this production a big thumbs down. However, this is such an enchanting work that both these objections are swiftly overcome. The film is essentially a visualisation - almost balletic at times - of a studio recording of the opera (and a very good recording it is too). Apart from Thomas Hampson, who acts and sings (as The Dark Fiddler), there's a clear distinction between actors playing the roles on screen and the singers on the recording. It's been done before and it doesn't always come off, but here it works almost to perfection.
One major plus of "AVR&J" is that it isn't all singing. There are huge chunks of orchestral Delius at its best, including "Walk To The Paradise Garden" - real shiver down the spine stuff! This suits the film interpretation particularly well.
But if two hours of top quality entertainment was not sufficient, this DVD comes with the huge bonus of an hour long documentary on Delius. Lots of fascinating stuff on this, along with decent chunks of music (unlike so many contemporary music documentaries where you get miserly short snippets). Really good to hear from people like Sir Charles Mackerras, and particularly from Eric Fenby who, of course, had known Delius in his last years.
This DVD represents excellent value and is highly recommended.
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