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Roland Petit - Notre-Dame de Paris / Isabelle Guerin, Nicolas Le Riche, Laurent Hilaire, Manuel Legris, Paris Opera Ballet (1996)

David Garforth , Opera National de Paris  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Garforth, Opera National de Paris, Maurice Jarre, Victor Hugo, Quasimodo
  • Format: AC-3, Classical, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, English, German
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Alliance
  • DVD Release Date: April 18, 2006
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #476,196 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tastefully executed minimalistic masterpiece! December 26, 2006
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"Notre-Dame" has been brought to stage and screen countless times, and every time the director/choreographer is faced with the same challenge - the recreation of the cathedral. One either recreates the cathedral in great detail (think the black and white film versions) or uses minimalistic symbols such as statues and gargoyles (think the French-Canadian rock opera by Cocciante). It's hard to find middle ground. In this particular production the cathedral is reduced to a backdrop screen with a rectangular shape drawn upon it. This set design is very effective, because it goes along with the very clean, minimalistic production. The costumes are very tasteful and flattering. They do not distract from the unfolding drama. The viewer's attention is focused on the main characters.

I was especially impressed by Quasimodo. He does not have much in terms of makeup. He does not have a prosthetic hump. All of his physical deformities are conveyed by the movements of the lead dancer. Nicholas le Riche is a very handsome and graceful man, and it must have taken a lot of skill to play a deformed bellringer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it just to see it June 12, 2009
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Without repeating what others have said about how good this is (and it is) the thought I have is to appreciate being able to see it at all. Given the production values (high) the cast (superb) the sound (excellent) - to be able to watch this piece in 16:9 on a large screen is an absolute delight. And what a performance- Le Riche in a tour de force of dancing and acting with other etoiles of the POB at their best. The only caveat is that some of the camerawork does not show crowd scenes to their best advantage being too low on the screen otherwise this fine production is highly recommended.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Roland Petit has done a fine job choreographing this modern ballet. As it always is with the Paris Opera Ballet, the dancing is fantastic! The camera work is excellent, showing every detail of motion on stage. The sets are interseting, with good stage depth, and the costumes are unusually colorful! Isabelle Guerin(she is also featured in two other POB dvds: the La Bayadere performance dvd and the La Bayadere documentary dvd; see my reviews of them) plays Esmeralda and dances with great feeling and dynamism, as do the others. The choreography is very classical with plenty of modern moves thrown in to impart a surreal feel. The image and sound are super crisp! All ballet fans should enjoy this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a pleasure for the soul August 16, 2010
the productions of l'opera nationale de paris are always great,this time its the great Roland Petit and this production of 1996 of Notre Dame Du Paris,based on Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.

from the very first moment till the last,a feast of pleasures,great dancers,NICOLAS Le RICHE is SUPER!!!!as the hunchback Quasimodo,Isabelle guerin is Great as Esmeralda!il! Laurent Hilaire as frollo...excellent.

the choreography by the master ROLAND PETIT is most intelligent ,when it comes to deal with the motion,gestures and movements of the hunchback...very clever indeed.

the sets and colors of the 12 tableaux are really out of this'll never forget the scene of the bell tower of notre dame !! it gave me goose pimples!!

Maurice Jarre's music wraps this bunch in a fantastic score.

how come such a a beautiful ballet is not famous?? i found it by mere chance!!

its a MUST for all Ballet lovers.
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