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.