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Chopin: La Dame aux Camelias [Blu-ray]

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Agnes Letestu, Stephane Bullion, Michael Denard, and Dorothee Gilbert are featured in this Paris Opera Ballet production of the Chopin ballet filmed at the Palais Garnier in High Definition with conductor Michael Schmidtsdorff.


Special Features

  • Illustrated synopsis
  • Cast gallery
  • Flashback on Lady of the Camellias: a documentary by Reiner E. Moritz and Stephane Loison

Product Details

  • Actors: Agnes Letestu, Stephane Bullion, Eve Grinsztajn, Karl Paquette
  • Directors: Thomas Grimm
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Classical, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (PCM Stereo), English (PCM Surround)
  • Subtitles: Dutch, English, French, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: June 30, 2009
  • Run Time: 191 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0025XW95Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,135 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Chhan Thuan Kiat on March 11, 2010
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If you ask me 2 of the best neo-classical ballet productions that came out in blu-ray in 2009 would be Frederick Ashton's whimsical version of Herold's La Fille Mal Gardee with Carlos ACosta and Marianela Nunez, and this wonderful Lady of the Camelias disc with the stars of the Paris Opera Ballet. Completely different in character they nevertheless represent the cream of last year's crop.
The tale of a French courtesan,torn between amour of the professional kind and personal love, withs its inevitable tragic ending has been made well known in opera by Massenet and Puccini( Manon Lescaut) and Verdi (La Traviata). Indeed Verdi wrote the story of his famous work after attending Dumas' play La Dame Aux Camelias, so we know who begot what. Now, along comes John Neumeier's creation of a full length narrative ballet based on Dumas's play using the piano music of Chopin, and what a tour de force this is.
First off, the choreography is astounding. And the famous stars of the the Paris Opera Ballet do it full justice, with flawless dancing that will take your breath away. Agnes Letestu shows why she is so highly regarded in the rarefied world of the ballet etoile with a stunning performance here as Marguerite Gautier, the famous courtesan. Her male partner Stephane Bullion, whose smoldering looks would set more than a few female hearts palpitating,is equally brilliant and their riveting pas de deux in Acts 2 and 3 can only be described as ravishing. In equal parts tender, passionate and even erotic, and set to the slow movement of Chopin's Opus 58 piano sonata in B flat minor, these are magical performances you would want to watch and re-watch. Noteworthy too is Dorothee Gilbert, whose beauty and grace make a deep impression.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Roger L. Sayer on October 8, 2009
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When I first heard of this piece I thought it would be another ballet danced to Orchestrated Chopin, like Les Sylphide, but it isn't. The music is authentic Chopin played on the piano. The first act is danced to the second piano concerto so there's an orchestra involved in that but it's the real thing. There on after it's just piano solo. This beautiful music combined with a beautiful visual performance by young dancers makes it an absolute joy to behold. And this is combined with a technically brilliant blue ray DVD. You can't go wrong.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John A. Coulson on September 7, 2009
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Chopin: La Dame aux Camelias [Blu-ray]The essentials for enjoying a ballet video are 1. great dancing 2. great music 3. well produced. All 3 come together in "La Dame aux camelias" with bonuses of colourful costumes and a poignant storyline. The first Act impressed me less than the other two as I did not feel the Chopin Piano Concerto particularly apt for either the dancing or storyline but I was won over with the beautiful Act 2, danced only to lovely piano music. It was surprising just how effective a solo piano can be to evoke emotion when so beautifully choreographed as is the case in this production. The story does not follow the same path as in Verdi's opera but is faithful to the essential Dumas tale.
There is no doubt the Opera National de Paris is one of the world's leading ballet companies with some superb dancers in its ranks. Some of that dancing is spectacular with lots of tricky lifts all melded in seamlessly and gracefully. If you love ballet and like a moving story then this is a must for your collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Rawls VINE VOICE on January 1, 2012
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At first I did not much like Agnes Letestu as a ballerina. I thought her stage presents was a bit standoffish. She did not seem to like the parts she was playing. On the other hand I think she is a beautiful technician. I have now changed my mind based on this ballet, "La Dame aux Camellias", and "Paquita", another ballet she is exceptional in.
To even bring this story to the stage in the form of a ballet, and tell it as well as Neumeier did, was a feat in itself, and even though some people did not like the choice of music, I thought it fit the scenes perfectly. In some places Chopin's music was simply dripping with pathos. If anything, Agnes looked a little old for this part, because Marie (her real name) was only 23 years old and considered one of the most beautiful women in Paris when she died, but Agnes played the part of a woman dying of tuberculosis brilliantly. Have you read the novel "La Dame aux Camellias?...La Dame aux Camï¿1/2lias (Oxford World's Classics).... If not, I can tell you it is a very touching love story. It's a story about a prostitute, pure and simple, but told in such a way that by the end of the novel you may believe this prostitute was a virgin, the way the author toys with your sympathies. Agnes may have you believing the same thing; her portrayal of the poor beauty is that good.

This story is very close to the story of Manon Lescaut by Abbe Prevost....Manon Lescaut (Oxford World's Classics)....In fact a portion of Manon Lescaut is danced in this ballet, portraying Manon and Marie (her real name) as alter egos of the same woman.
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