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Giselle [Blu-ray] (2009)

Wilfried Romoli , Nicholas Le Riche , Franois Roussillon  |  NR |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Wilfried Romoli, Nicholas Le Riche, Latitia Pujol, Marie-Agns Gillot
  • Directors: Franois Roussillon
  • Format: Blu-ray, Classical, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Alliance
  • DVD Release Date: November 17, 2009
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002QEXC58
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #457,383 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Laetitia Pujel, Nicolas La Riche, Marie-Agnes Gillot, and Wilfried Romoli are featured in this Opera National de Paris production of the Adam ballet conducted by Paul Connelly.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Giselle April 28, 2010
Based on Heine's De l'Alemagne (essays on german folklore)Giselle has seen many revisions since its creation in 1941.This Paris version is perhaps the closiest to 1887 St Petersburg Petipa's revised Giselle.I had the privilege to attend, at the age of sixteen, a performance of this ballet in Lisbon(1968),danced by Nureyev and Fonteyn.Having watched quite a few Giselles ever since, I do consider this version (after 1991 Paris Opera production) a serious document of dancing. LaŽtitia Pujol's Giselle is devoid of gratuitous mannerism and one of the purest I have seen. In fact, if in Act I her mime and her most skillful dancing show a girlish yet sensitive Giselle, in Act II she becomes the embodied spirit of Willy-Giselle with her slow (hence extremely difficult), precise, beautiful and graceful movement. She almost floates on the air, half feather half spirit, no longer human, yet attentive to Albrecht's punishment, with only a glimpse of the heartful Act I Giselle, her eyes looking like those of Garbo in Mamoulian's Queen Christine. Her legs, her arms, her hands, each gesture convey an amazingly intelligent portrayal of the Willy she has in fact turned into. Nicholas Le Riche dances Albrecht most brilliantly, even if Petipa's choreography for this ballet scarcely allows male dancers to show their skills ( he does nevertheless two dozens of consecutive entrechats) and so does Wilfred Romoli. Myrtha is powerfully danced by Marie-Agnès Gillot, her technique flawless, her gesture and face those of a merciless, haughty Willy queen. Last but not the least, Emmanuel Thibault and his immaculate dancing glitters in the Pas de deux des Paysans like a true pearl. The Paris Opera corps de ballet proove once more its legendary quality and Adam's music is intelligently, sensibly conducted by Paul Connely. Filmed in HD, the blu-ray image is perfect. Absolutely not to loose.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Giselle (Paris National Opera Ballet) December 2, 2009
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I have five versions of Giselle, this one, Royal Ballet's blu-ray version, and La Scala's DVD version. This one is second best, which is saying a lot. The staging and choreography is essentially the same as the La Scala version, but the dancing is somewhat better and the photography is far superior. Camera shots are judicious, presenting close-ups when appropriate, and wide angle shots when best. There are no jarring changes of view as is so often the case. The only one I know of that is superior is the 2009 production of the Dutch National Ballet, starring Anna Tsygankova, Jozef Varga, Igone de Jongh, Jan Zerer, Michele Jimenez.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Even Paris can be mundane September 28, 2014
Marc Chagall's portrait of Giselle -- illuminated by the seven-ton chandelier designed by 19th century architect Charles Garnier -- still looks down from the ceiling of the Palais Garnier, as it has on countless performances since the artist unveiled his painting in 1964. Because Giselle premiered in the City of Light in 1841, you might think the Opéra national de Paris would present a definitive production of the classic work. Instead, this 2006 staging shows how familiarity can result in routine.

It's not a bad performance. It's just not remarkable. For the price of this Blu-ray, that's not enough.

The often-grainy quality of the video doesn't help. Neither do conductor Paul Connelly's slow tempos, which have more of a Wagnerian tread than a Gallic fleetness. As a result, the action on stage never catches fire. It all seems rather tired.

As Giselle, LaŽtitia Pujol turns in an adequate portrayal (even if her acting becomes a bit melodramatic toward the end of Act I), but she doesn't rise to the level of Alina Cojocaru with the Royal Ballet or Svetlana Zakharova with La Scala. Nicolas Le Riche dances well, but he doesn't give Albrecht a firm characterization. And so it goes with the rest of the cast -- OK, but not special.

The Blu-ray contains no extras. Given the rich history of Giselle in Paris and of the Palais Garnier itself, this is an opportunity missed. The enclosed booklet provides no details about the dancers and includes only routine information about the ballet.

If you collect every halfway decent Giselle that hits the market, you'll be glad to have this one. Those seeking better value and superior performance should look to La Scala
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite! January 5, 2010
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I've seen many versions of this over the years, both live and on film. This is the one of the most perfect I've seen in every way. Excellent picture, sound, camerawork and editing. Truly virtuoso dancing, not only by the leads, but by the corps as well. Rarely have I seen such perfection in dancing matched by emotion of acting and expression as well. I loved watching this!

Update 01/14/12:

Further thoughts on this after having just purchased and watched the new Giselle performed by Anna Tsygankova and Jozef Varga of the Dutch National Ballet. I still give this POB version 5* and feel it is artistically and aesthetically excellent. That said, the new blu-ray version with Tsygankova and Varga is a step above, a true masterpiece of chemistry, artistic sensitivity and technical virtuosity. Don't feel bad if you've invested in this, POB version, but by all means if you can, purchase the DNB version as well.
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