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La danse - The Paris Opera Ballet [DVD] [2009]
La danse - The Paris Opera Ballet [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Frederick Wiseman
Price: £10.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wiseman triumphs again, 16 Aug. 2013
This is one the best dance documentaries ever. It shows the work of one of the world's greatest ballet companies, its dedication, commitment and sheer joy in what the dancers do. It also shows the administration at work even down to union negotiations. I would recommend anyone interested in dance to buy this. You will watch it many times over.

Tribute to Jerome Robbins - Ravel: En Sol, Chopin: In The Night and The Concert - Paris Opera Ballet [DVD] [2011]
Tribute to Jerome Robbins - Ravel: En Sol, Chopin: In The Night and The Concert - Paris Opera Ballet [DVD] [2011]
Dvd ~ Paris Opera Ballet
Price: £26.99

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Genius of Robbins, 28 Jun. 2012
If you ever wanted to see what the whole fuss was about Jerome Robbins this DVD shows the reasoons.. It includes three of his best works dances magnificently by the Paris Opera Ballet. The Ravel, I had never seen live, has a central pass de deux to the beautiful slow movement of the piano concerto that is breathtaking. Marie-Anges Gillot is one of the best European ballerinas before the public at present, and in this movement all her dance and stage craft is used to full effect. THE CONCERT is one of the great comedy ballets of all time. I found myself laughing out loud again and again. IN THE NIGHT followed his wonderful DANCES AT A GATHERING, again to Chopin music. It contains three pas de deux showing courtship, love and emotional conflict in a way that underlines the theatrical aspect of all Robbins' choreography.
One thing that need to be emphasised is that this DVD proves, if proof were needed, that the Paris Opera Ballet is one of the great classical companies. It has the most amazing array of stars, and the corps, both male and female, are in a class all its own. Buy this. You won't regret it.

Mrs Brown's Boys - Series 1 [DVD] [2011]
Mrs Brown's Boys - Series 1 [DVD] [2011]
Dvd ~ Brendan O'Carroll
Price: £2.70

16 of 50 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars BAD RUBBISH, 16 Jan. 2012
Before being charged with a form of racism don't go there. I'm Irish. This is another adjunct to the terrible load of codswallop that includes Jedward, Daniel O'Donnell and other such schlock. It is toe curlingly bad, and the shame is the BBC schedules it.
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May 1812
May 1812
by M.M. Bennetts
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good late night reading material, 10 July 2011
This review is from: May 1812 (Hardcover)
Romantic historical novels aren't usually my style, but I was recommended this book by one I trust, and for that I am much grateful. I love the presentation, with a beautifully designed cover and a typeface that invites you into the page.

M.M. Bennets has a fluid style that beguiles the reader, and inveigles one into the plots, schemes and characterisation with a measured effectiveness. Because of that the main characters are believable, strong, and fully blown to an extent where I was already casting the piece for BBC production. Furthermore, the author encourages one to leave the 21st. century and revel in the Regency period in which the novel is set. This no small feat, but it is achieved by using a style of writing that doesn't jerk like so much modern prose. I was reminded quite a bit of Goldsmith and the deft way he had of involving disparate characters, who soon become deeply enmeshed with each other, whether in love or jealousy.

The plot developments are redolent of Mary Renault, in that the gear changes are never signalled or posted. They happen in such a normal way that one is never pulled up in mid-paragraph, but lean forward into the saddle and moved smoothly ahead. The one thing I wasn't prepared for, and for which I was soon truly delighted, was a happy ending. It's such a change to be at one with two marvellous young people who have a possibility of a future life together.

I have already bought another M.M. Bennets novel, and look forward to a couple of hours in bed with a glass of whatever. It is so good to find a new writer who arrests one's attention in such a clever way.

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