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Benjamin Britten - The Turn of the Screw / Eilene Hannan, Margaret Haggart, Anson Austin, Wendy Dixon, The West Australian Symphony Orchestra (2008)

Benjamin Britten , Eileen Hannan , Neil Armfield  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Benjamin Britten, Eileen Hannan, David Stanhope
  • Directors: Neil Armfield
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: KULTUR VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: July 29, 2008
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00197YZAY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,169 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Benjamin Britten's haunting adaptation of Henry James' classic ghost story about a governess put in charge of two mysteriously possessed orphaned children. The tension spirals throughout this masterpiece of psychological terror. As the screw is tightened, the nerves of the governess are strained to breaking point.

'The set design by Elijah Moshinsky invokes the images of this nocturnal other-worldliness with sheer style...Indeed this production is a masterpiece of design and lighting.' The West Australian

'As the Governess, Eilene Hannan performed grippingly...The final scene, going from high drama to poignant grief, was arrestingly good.' The Australian

Featuring: Eilene Hannan, Margaret Haggart, Anson Austin, Wendy Dixon, The West Australian Symphony Orchestra

Conductor David Stanhope, Director Neil Armfield


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent, believable production March 21, 2010
Format:DVD
This is a restrained yet very imaginatve staging of this strange and wonderful opera based on the celebrated, ambiguous novella by Henry James. It is a production marked by simplicity and a style that is direct and honest. The director refuses to utilize cheap effects for their own sake. Some extra visual montages are imposed on the DVD proceedings but these do not distract and definitely enhance the creepy mood. What impresses most, however, is the naturalistic, restrained acting style of all involved. The bane of many DVD opera productions, e.g., tragic gestures, grotesque mugging or staggering about, are not in evidence. Would that other directors and singers would take note that all of the usual tomfoolery is not necessary to keep one interested or, in this case, riveted. The voices are good; no great discoveries but no clinkers either. All told,a highly enjoyable performance, one that can be recommended with few, if any, reservations.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful movie December 24, 2012
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I can only agree with the other reviewer. This is a beautiful production of Benjamin Britten's opera. Turning it into a movie makes it even better because of all the natural scenery that can be included. Also, the governess' monologue is sung to us as if she were just thinking it, and that is far more realistic than watching a singer "thinking aloud".

I just wonder why this wonderful DVD has so few reviewers.

January 22, 2013: Actually, this DVD is listed in two places. On the other page (same cover picture), there are seven reviews. The DVD was initially released by Opus Arte, with notes; it is now offered by Kultur (probably without notes).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Except for the children . . . December 2, 2013
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This is a good performance with suitable staging and direction, and the adult roles are well sung and acted. However, I have a problem with the portrayals of the children. Nowhere in the novel does it mention them being happy, gay, carefree, shrieking noisily and chasing after each other at every opportunity. Rather, James portrays them as quiet, withdrawn, even moody, as one might expect haunted children to be. I found this performance's characterization of the children obtrusive and annoying, thus three stars rather than the four the production might otherwise merit.
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