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Dialogues Des Carmelites


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  • Format: Classical, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Arthaus
  • DVD Release Date: July 26, 2011
  • Run Time: 149 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0055ISACW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,377 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Dagmar Schellenberger, Anja Silja, Barbara Dever, and Laura Aikin star in this La Scala production of the Poulenc opera conducted by Riccardo Muti and directed by Robet Carsen.

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Clever modern concept stagings of opera are all very well in the right place and with the right kind of opera.
Keris Nine
Supposedly they have to do with the Muti-La Scala DVD of the Dialogues, but in fact they seem to be talking about the Opera du Rhin (Strasbourg) version.
Nicholas Clifford
This warning applies to the DVD of Bayerisches Staatsoper production directed by Nagano and staged by Tcherniakov.
missir

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Keris Nine TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 13, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Clever modern concept stagings of opera are all very well in the right place and with the right kind of opera. Sometimes however, it just seems perverse to take them out of their original context, particularly when the opera applies to a specific historical period or event that is explicitly referred to in the libretto. There seems little value then in "updating" Poulenc's 1956 opera Dialogues des Carmélites away from its French Revolutionary setting or the historical incident in 1794 where sixteen nuns from a Carmelite convent in Compiègne were executed for resisting the confiscation of the Church's assets and the dissolution of the order. You just know however that a controversial director like Dmitri Tcherniakov is never going to go down a conventional route.

What he achieves in this production of Dialogue des Carmélites recorded at the Bayerisches Staatsoper in Munich (modern-dress with no nuns in habits) is debatable but interesting. Poulenc based the opera on a play by Georges Bernanos, which in turn was based on an original 1931 novel by Gertrud von le Fort ('Die Letzte am Schafott'), which itself used the subject as a means of commenting on German social disorder following the fall of the Weimar Republic - so it's certainly artistically valid for Tcherniakov to update the work if it's in the service of throwing a new light on the themes. What is rather more controversial is that the director radically changes the original and really quite powerful conclusion of the opera. Tchernaikov's finale, which practically turns the original on its head, is just as powerful and dramatic in its own right, but whether it "improves" or casts any further light on the actions of Blanche de la Force is debatable.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By missir on February 5, 2014
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This warning applies to the DVD of Bayerisches Staatsoper production directed by Nagano and staged by Tcherniakov.

This modernized production of Poulenc's masterpiece flows reasonably well except for the final scene. As was mentioned by several reviewers, the opera is so great that almost any competent production is enjoyable, and this one is no exception, that is until the final scene. Unfortunately, the final scene is so important that destroying it ruins the whole.
Out of some urge for a happier end, they decided to alter the meaning so that instead of dying on the guillotine after her sisters, Blanche - and I quote from the booklet - "..dares to try to prevent the catastrophe which is imminent. At the cost of her life she saves the Carmelite nuns." Apparently, she drags them one after another out of a shack filled with some poisonous gas. This is very humane but it does not work with Poulenc's music which is too clearly punctuated by guillotine knife drops. You can modernize and go against stage directions to a degree but not to the point where the action becomes contradictory with the music. If you want a scene where a heroic woman saves lives in a heroic manner, that could be a great scene but it just would require different music. This is not what Poulenc's music is about.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Clifford on June 1, 2013
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Am I wrong, or have the Amazonians hashed up the reviews here? Supposedly they have to do with the Muti-La Scala DVD of the Dialogues, but in fact they seem to be talking about the Opera du Rhin (Strasbourg) version. The latter seems to get 4-5 stars and perhaps La Scala does, though it's hard to to tell.
So while I would probably agree about the performances of this wonderful piece, I would give Amazon one star for messing up. (It's a little bit like a recent experience I had with Spotify, when clicking on what was allegedly a new recording of Beethoven's Kreutzer sonata brought up instead the last act of Don Giovanni).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris Reich on October 4, 2013
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Well done. This opera will leave you a little shaken. The theme is brilliantly portrayed. The music and the singing is quite good and the staging is adequate.

The acting sometimes misses the mark as it is hard to discern the emotion being portrayed. Crazy? Scared? Insecure?

This production deserves your attention if you're ready to go beyond Figaro and Aida and have tasted Wagner, then try this modern piece. I'm very glad I bought it.

For clarification: This refers to the Muti conducted La Scala version as pictured here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. L. Barrett on December 17, 2013
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This has always been a favorite opera since seeing it many years ago. This is a very competent production. The music, a very very important part of any opera, is well delivered. The casting and production is ok. I will always like the Met's production especially the finale but this is quite acceptable. Based on a true story, the music facilitates a very spiritual experience that transcends any one performance.
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