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Bizet's Dream (2004)

Joan Heney , Maurice Godin , David Levine  |  NR |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Joan Heney, Maurice Godin, Vlastimil Harapes, R.H. Thompson, Brittany Madgett
  • Directors: David Levine
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: Devine Ent. Corp.
  • DVD Release Date: November 30, 2004
  • Run Time: 53 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006GAOJK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #275,991 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a musical fantasy July 23, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
The series of films titled "The Composer's Specials", are in large part fiction, but are intended to introduce young people to classical music. In "Bizet's Dream", despite an inane script, and a few scenes that are so slow they seem to come to a standstill, there are some standout features: Marvelous cinematography by Barry Stone, on location in the Czech Republic, the magnificent music, played by the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, and Yseult Lendvai. Ms. Lendvai is the Prima Ballerina of the Stuttgart Ballet, and her all too fleeting appearances are a joy. Had all 53 minutes of this film been of her dancing to Bizet's gorgeous Carmen score, this would have been a 5 star masterpiece, as it is, it narrowly fits into a 4 star category.
The cast is attractive, with Maurice Godin as Bizet, and Brittany Madgett as his 12 year old student, and as the artist Delaborde, R.H. Thomson is amusing and engaging.Though this is supposed to be a "film for the whole family", parents should be aware that it is depicting 19th century bohemian Parisians, with much wine drinking, and permissive behavior, though that is balanced perhaps by being able to introduce children to the fabulous music, the Czech National Ballet, and even a little opera...and of course, Ms. Lendvai, who is pure grace and style.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow and strange March 24, 2007
By Levi
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As a public school music teacher, I have a number of these films in my collection. This film is bizarre.

The story moves a long slowly, the plot contrivances are a little thin, and just like in Beethoven Lives Upstairs (where Christopher, the boy character, and Beethoven spend an afternoon walking and talking with each other), there's a section where the little girl languishes alongside Bizet and his mopey son on a warm afternoon. Completely innocent, but as you may well guess, I don't buy a 10 year old girl and a grown man behaving like soul mates and sharing their personal anguish with each other.

There is also an extended "main child character running an incredibly long distance through the city streets" montage, again, like in BLU.

Finally, the strained relationship between Bizet and his wife is hinted at, but never explained, so the peculiar ending makes little sense. Although my 4th graders, having studied "Carmen" in class, found the story intriguing, they were confused by the ending as well.

Meh. Three stars.
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1.0 out of 5 stars VERY innapropriate for young children! May 14, 2014
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I purchased this movie to teach my 3rd grader about composers. What a disappointment! Not only did it teach very little about Bizet's life, it was filled with MANY concepts not appropriate for children including drinking, prostitution, séances and affairs. The main theme of the movie was that people can easily fall in and out of love with many people, even if they are married. The young girl spent the whole movie worrying if her father who is a soldier would return from war or stay in Spain after falling in love with another woman. Adult themes for sure! I am hoping the others in the series are better. This one is getting donated!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good video! April 25, 2012
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I'm a music teacher and used this film to teach my students about the opera CARMEN. It was well done and the the students enjoyed it! There were many family issues in the story line that related well with the students' own lives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bizet's Dream May 18, 2010
I show this to my 5th grade music students at school and they totally sit quiet and watch it. They love it. I love all of the composer videos that this company has done.
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