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  • Actors: Jessye Norman
  • Directors: André Heller
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Decca
  • DVD Release Date: April 22, 2008
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000YCLRBK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,870 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

An intimate and in-depth portrait of one of the world s
greatest sopranos, a true primadonna assoluta!
Yves Saint Laurent s garden paradise in Marrakech provides
the lush, tropical background for this deep insight into
Jessye Norman s professional and private life. Filmed by
German film maker Andre Heller this DVD gives a deeply
personal and emotional portrait of one of opera and lieder s
most respected exponents.
The film also includes 13 specially staged performances
in fantastical settings of her repertoire, of pieces by Mozart,
Richard Strauss, Schoenberg, Ravel, Schumann, Mahler,
Wagner, Purcell and Schubert and Berg. The performances
give a beautiful and unique look at the artistic world of this
very special diva.
Filmed in wide-screen, this DVD is significant for being
the only program-length, in-depth interview film of both the
public and personal sides of someone with a reputation for
being fiercely protective of her privacy.
Amongst many other subjects, Norman discusses her
childhood, family, her idols, working relationships with
different conductors and directors, how she chooses
repertoire, her career path, her political views, relationships,
attitudes towards religion, and her aspirations and dreams.
The wide range of interview matter, coupled with the striking
performances, make this DVD a fascinating, unusual and
essential product for all vocal aficionados and certainly for
the many fans of Jessye Norman.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By G P Padillo VINE VOICE on May 8, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
For fans of Jessye Norman this is a must have. While it's a "documentary" - it's not quite the in-depth, probing, revelation or examination of the singer I was hoping for, but rather a series of conversations on topics ranging from childhood, spiritual beliefs, politics, dedication to her art, early career dealing with loneliness, and the like. Little of it plumbs the depth of the woman or of her art, (how could 90 minutes do that?) but once I settled in, I found myself smiling, happy to have this force of nature sitting in my living room and talking casually about a thousand things.

Jessye speaks mostly in English - but since this was a German production, she moves back and forth between German and English - sometimes in the middle of a sentence, or thought.

The film is broken up by a dozen music videos with Norman lip-synching to some of her more remarkable recordings. While I know some shall be put off by this sort of thing, I adored it. Each video is performed as part of an art installation, the singer gowned and jeweled, in headdresses, turbans, wild wigs and haute couture, moving, expressing herself physically to her own recordings. Some will dismiss this as artifice, but - and I mean this as a compliment - few in history (and no one I can think of) does artifice come so naturally to as it does Jessye Norman. She makes me believe every breath, every moment - she creates a world that seems, somehow, better than it is - or maybe, just maybe, it really is as great as she makes it, if even for only the brief moments that she's in it with me, making me forget the rest.

There are touching, moving reminisces of her childhood. One in particular, where as a child, her mother worked for the Democratic party registering voters, and young Jessye assisted her.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Derek J. Millar on February 2, 2009
Format: DVD
First saw this on a TV Arts program here in Australia. A German production (Jessye mostly speaks in English) of the highest quality.
Jessye is gorgeous and formidable and the interview is interspersed with some wonderful recitals. We just had to have a copy for ourselves and were glad to find one on Amazon. Many thanks to all who made this possible. Regards Derek
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jcmwee on July 30, 2008
Format: DVD
For younger fans of Jessye, who have never had the opportunity to see/hear her live, this visual brings you a little closer to the magic that is Jessye Norman. Yes, it is a little contrived having Jessye lip-sync to her audio recordings and the camera get all orbital around her, but then again if all I wanted was to hear a recording, then I wouldn't buy the dvd then would I?

The only thing that gripes me is that my copy of the dvd seems to have the audio track (for spoken interviews) seems to be out of sync with the visual. Rather like watching a dubbed movie. While it doesn't bother me so much when she is lip-syncing, it bothers me greatly during the interviews. If you're going to interview the great Jessye, than at least lay your master audio and video tracks so that they sync. Or is it just my copy?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By V. FH on May 29, 2008
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It only gives you a glimpse on the work of this huge (in every dimension, of course), magnificent, divine singer, but still it's a very valid and well done documentary. However, I would rather prefer to have live excerpts from her performances. It would be more realistic. It's just a mere opinion...no critics about the takes' production.
I watched it over and over, even before the official release. After I received the DVD, I watched it at least more 3 times, just to breath her words and feel the smell of her art.

It's very difficult not growing into a Jessye's lover after this film.

Enchanting.
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