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La Boheme - The Film - Netrebko & Villazón - DVD
La Boheme - The Film - Netrebko & Villazon - DVD


 
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Item #:  D4601
Our Price: $29.99
Region: 1 (US & Canada Only)
Running Time: 109 minutes
Color: Color
UPC: 032031460195
ISBN: 978-0-7697-8919-4


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A Film by Robert Dornhelm

Giacomo Puccini's immortal opera in a high budget feature-film version directed by Academy Award nominee Robert Dornhelm, stars opera's 'Golden Couple', Rolando Villazón and Anna Netrebko as the protagonists, Rodolfo and Mimi. The chemistry between them is electric, unrivaled in the theatre today. Russian soprano Anna Netrebko is not only beautiful but has a marvelous voice and technique; on the other hand Mexican tenor Rolando Villazón, has a wonderful voice and an incredible charisma.

The excellent bonus features include fascinating interviews with all the key performers and the director, who confirms that he not only wanted to remain steadfastly faithful to Puccini's design but also document two of the leading singers of the modern age rather than embarking on some kind of trendy contemporary re-creation.

THE STORY
Paris in the 1830s. Four friends share a drafty Parisian garret. Though leading a life of privation, they are buoyed by good spirits: the writer Rodolfo, the painter Marcello, the musician Schaunard and the philosopher Colline. It is Christmas Eve, and they decide to celebrate in their favorite pub, the Cafe Momus. Rodolfo stays behind to finish an article. There is a knock at the door; their neighbor Mimi¬, whose candle has gone out, asks for fire. Rodolfo is fascinated by her. It is love at first sight!

The new lovers catch up with Rodolfo's friends at the Cafe Momus, where Marcello's former mistress Musetta turns the evening into a spirited event. The light-hearted mood of Rodolfo's and Mimi's first days together does not last, however, for Mimi¬ develops a fatal illness. Though they agree to stay together, Mimi¬ leaves her lover. Only when she is desperately ill and dying does she return to the garret where she once was so happy - and to Rodolfo, the man she still loves with all her heart...

Giacomo Puccini's immortal opera in a high budget feature-film version directed by Academy Award nominee Robert Dornhelm, starring the opera world's 'dream team', soprano Anna Netrebko and tenor Rolando Villazón.

THE PRODUCTION
The pairing of one of the most beloved operas of all time with one of the world's most popular operatic couples is a recipe for success. And rarely has Puccini's La Boheme had such a photogenic and engaging cast. "Director Robert Dornhelm focuses entirely on his stars Netrebko and Villazón, whose incredible presence carries the film along. There's room for big emotions, powerful voices, grand opera and tremendous cinema," writes one of Vienna's leading dailies.

While realism characterizes the set design and costumes, Dornhelm conjures up a dream-like atmosphere with mixed color and black-and-white flashbacks, evocative fades and other special effects. Yet the film is fully Netrebko's and Villazón's. Dornhelm made it clear from the start that he wanted to build a monument to the two singers. And with this five-million-euro production, he has amply achieved his goal.

 

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Starring:
Rolando Villazón
Anna Netrebko

Composed by: Giacomo Puccini

A Film by Robert Dornhelm

Average Customer Review: 3.5 of 5 Total Reviews: 2 Write a review.

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La Boheme November 11, 2013
Reviewer: Ray Enolip from White Hall, Maryland USA  
To get a true feeling of the value of the voices we hear one should listen with your eyes closed.  If that were done with this performance  and then compared with the performances of Corelli or Pavarotti  you would find that this young man has a lot to learn.

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Beautiful singing, sets, stars. November 11, 2013
Reviewer: Barrett Brett from Rotherfield, East Sussex United Kingdom  
While my personal favorite of Puccini's operas is most definitely Tosca, especially the Georghiu / Alagna version, this is a lovely performance of the ever popular La Boheme. Mireila Freni and Eva Marton, for example, have splendid voices, but there's no doubt that a handsome, well matched pair like Netrebko and Villazon carry a great deal of conviction as the young lovers of the tale. Their looks and considerable acting ability are further enhanced by the realistic settings of Dornhelm's production. I don't see any objection to the "feature filmification" of operas, though some purists despise it; after all, the costumes, stars and sets of opera in previous centuries must have had the same kind of impact on the observer then as the silver screen does today.

Netrebko and Villazon sing and act superbly; the Vienna sets are most convincing. The widescreen is great. The support performances are also first rate, especially Nicole Cabell as Musetta. It's a delightful emotional wallow!

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