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Candide

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A Comic Operetta in Two Acts

Book adapted from Voltaire by Hugh Wheeler
Lyrics Richard Wilbur
Additional Lyrics Stephen Sondheim, John La Touche, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker & Leonard Bernstein

Robert Orth, Michael Slattery, Nancy Allen Lundy, Gabriele Ribis, Rosalind Elias, Hilda Ramos, Benjamin Brecher, Edoardo Boccoli, Alessandro Manuali, James Varah, Suh Phill, Edgardo Rinaldi, Giulio Federico Janni, Walter Palamenga, Alessandro Loi, Cristina Fondi

Choir Master Osvaldo Guidotti
Coro Lirico Aramus
Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale Di Malta

Conductor John De Main
Choreographie Nilas Martins
Costumes Sonia Cammarata
Set Design, Stage & Television Direction Enrico Castiglione


Special Features

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Product Details

  • Actors: Michael Slattery
  • Directors: Enrico Castiglione
  • Format: Classical, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Kultur Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 31, 2009
  • Run Time: 169 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001PSVHMG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,835 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Robert G. VanStryland on April 9, 2009
First, the good part: this is the only fully staged performance of this work on DVD, and I heard more of the music in this performance than in any other (although without a score, I can't say with certainty that it is complete). Unfortunately, in all other respects, this is the weakest of the three performances currently available on DVD. The orchestra is second-rate, and, although the singers are (for the most part) vocally adequate, there is an air of insecurity (especially in part I) as though there had not been sufficient rehearsal. In addition, there were technical problems with the sound recording. At the beginning, the singers sound as though they were too far from the microphones, and the sound level from the stage is distractingly erratic thereafter. The other two available performances are stronger; the semi-staged one with Lupone and Chenowith (sp?), whose Cunegonde is the best I've seen or heard, is the most fun of all.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Larry on July 4, 2009
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I was so looking forward to seeing this production of CANDIDE since it's conducted by the great John deMain. Also the production looks good on paper, but it's not very good in performance. The sound is poor, and the chorus sounds as if it's singing in another room and the production doesn't move swiftly enough: CANDIDE is a bawdy farce with serious movements that needs to move like the wind since it's essentially a one-joke show: innocent babes who've taught the world is the best of all possible worlds are repeatedly raped, beaten, cheated, robbed and worse until they finally wise up.

You know you're in trouble when the choreographer decides to choreograph the greatest overture ever written for Broadway, and you're stuck watching six dancers in silver body suits prance around aimlessly while the principal trumpet blows notes left and right. The orchestra is very secondrate. Some of of the secondary cast, as well as the chorus, is Italian, so some of the of the wonderful lyrics are difficult to understand. The design, overall, is quite good, mid-eighteenth century, as is Voltaire's novella, but the pace is slow and the choreography and musical staging very poor.

Then we get to the fantastic finale "Make Our Garden Grow" and the trumpeter blows the final notes! Final gripe? The credits list the singers but don't tell who played what roles. Pathetic.

I still prefer the Bernstein performance with Jerry Hadley, June Anderson, and Christa Ludwig. Bernstein's pace is much slower than Samuel Krachmalnik who conducted the original 1956 performances, but his discussion about the show's development is fantastic and illuminating. Still, you want to yell at the screen "It's a comic operetta! Move it." Anything, even this, is preferable to the dreadful Lonny Price campfest from the Philharmonic. It may be funny but it's completely lacking in style and wit besides being a lousy rendition of a great score.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Julio Lopez on April 16, 2009
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It's a most beatiful production, quite complete as far as I know, with some music pieces not included in the 1974 recording. Voices and acting are very good and the staging is excelent.
However, it has sound problems: it played too low in my TV and there was some noise behind. Besides, the orchestra sounds a bit lazy in many instances, without the energy and punch of previous sound recordings I've had the chance to listen to. Anyhow, as this is the only fully recorded staged production, I would highly recommend it, specially for those who haven't seen a live presentation: it will give them the chance to see it complete and fully staged.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Music Man on April 27, 2013
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"Candide", which is one of my favorite Bernstein scores, (after West Side Story) has not been served well on video, and this production, shoveled onto the market by Kultur Video, is the worst of the bunch. Poor sound, non-existent sets, amateurish performances by all involved, and misguided direction choices mar this one beyond redemption. The pit orchestra is woefully inadequate, with missed notes, out-of-tune playing, and leaden tempos matching point for point the humorless, flat stagecraft. The overture is a sad portent of what's to come: a confusing "ballet" in which several dancers prance in a baffling accompaniment to Bernstein's brilliant 'Overture', which is massacred by the sub-standard playing of the orchestra. The actors are uniformly dull, with only Pangloss making an impression, but even he is shrill and brittle in his character. The audience seems to be as bored as the actors, with weak, smattering applause the performers only reward. Why Kultur would decide to produce and sell such a weak product is beyond me - there's nothing here to warrant general release.
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