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Verdi: La Traviata (1982)

Teresa Stratas , Placido Domingo , Franco Zeffirellli  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Teresa Stratas, Placido Domingo, Cornell McNeill
  • Directors: Franco Zeffirellli
  • Format: Color, Full Screen
  • Language: Italian (DTS 5.1), Italian (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: German, English, Italian, French, Spanish, Chinese
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
  • DVD Release Date: September 30, 2008
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000T0XEGS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,010 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Verdi: La Traviata" on IMDb

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Franco Zeffirelli directs Giuseppe Verdi's LA TRAVIATA. Features Placido Domingo and Teresa Stratas.

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EMOTIONAL POWERHOUSE (2008 DG dvd) May 22, 2009
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This is still the best dvd version of Traviata on the market. I own five others, including, Netrebko, Fleming, and two with Gheorghiu, but none of those versions (which certainly have their strengths, both technically, and vocally) express the full gamut of the emotional power and the pathos that is at the heart of this great opera-tragedy. It's all here: Stratas, Domingo, and MacNeil singing and acting wonderfully; Zeffirelli's opulent movie staging [including a couple of unique treats: 1.) having Teresa Stratas made up to look like the classic portrait of the actual Marie Duplessis upon whom her character is based, and 2.) opening the movie with a scene that mimics the opening scene of Dumas' novel, wherein the late-and-lamented courtesan's effects are being carted away, after having been auctioned off to pay her debts]. Last, but certainly not least, Verdi himself seems to be guiding James Levine's baton.

This 2008 DG dvd copy of La Traviata (theatrically released in 1982) is obviously meant to replace the 1999 dvd (Universal Studios) version. There are some distinctions, however, and they are not unimportant. For one, the sound has been improved. Two, the 1999 version was shown in widescreen (1.66:1), this one is fullscreen (1.33:1); it appears to me that the film was originally filmed in fullscreen and then clipped on the top and the bottom to properly fill a widescreen commercial movie screen (I've read that some directors like to shoot their films this way, and Zeffirelli must be one of them). Be that as it may, a bit of the right and left edges of the 1999 film are cut off here, but there is more top and bottom displayed in this newer dvd [so, we're actually seeing more picture content, but--paradoxically--in a smaller area (4:3)].
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Stratas triumph February 27, 2010
By Richard
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To begin with, Zeffirelli has done a hatchet job on the score. Almost half an hour of music is thrown out. That is unfortunate since the performance is quite admirable. Domingo is still a young man and of course sings gloriously. Cornell MacNiel is also at the top of his form.
But the center of the production is Teresa Statas' Violetta. The woman is a superb acting singer. She deserves the mantle of Callas - and like Callas the voice is a little sharp. But she will break your heart. She concentrated on a few roles and thank goodness many of them are available on DVD - Salome, Seven Deadly Sins, Boheme. If you do not know this artist you are in for a great discovery.
Four stars for her performance. It would have had five if Franco had kept his hands off the score.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars La Traviata May 1, 2010
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I recommend this movie to anyone who loves opera, but is unable to go see it live.
Stratas and Domingo are superb as Violetta and Alfredo, and the supporting cast as well.

Copies of the DVD are hard to find for low prices, so I suggest you snap at one the first
chance you get.

Check out these YouTube clips for a taste of this wonderful movie:

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Franco Zeffirelli's finest! March 6, 2011
By Maggie
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Love, Love, Love this movie/opera! Zeffirelli makes opera come alive with his unique way of filming and Stratas, Domingo and MacNeill draw the viewer into their heartrending story. This is the movie that 1st opened the opera world for me several years ago when I saw it on PBS. Beautiful scenes in the country & on streets, as well as the lavish Parisian home, make one feel a part of the story, not just a spectator of a stage production. The english subtitles are the icing on the cake, enabling one to understand every moment of emotion & drama. I am so grateful to Franco Zeffirelli for the gift of understanding opera!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This film looks stunning in the cinematic scope. Sets and costumes are breathtaking and historically accurate. I love that Zeffirelli pays so much detail to research to create a very believable movie version of Verdi's great masterpiece.

And the performances by Domingo and Stratas are wonderful (although she is not in her best voice). James Levine's conducting and the playing of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra are as good as you can hear anywhere. James Levine gets lush lyrical nuance out of the orchestra. The ballet is spectacular and well choreographed.

But Zeffirelli cuts away at least one-fourth of the score. This annoyed me. Also for cinematic scopes parts of the score are repeated. He (and many other film makers who have made movies of operas) just doesn't seem to understand that a film of an opera is not an adaptation; it is a performance of that opera using a different medium. An opera is a musical composition; therefore, a film of an opera is a musical performance of a music drama. The film medium frees the visual presentation from the limitations of the stage, but the musical presentation is the essence of the opera and must not be compromised regardless of the medium. Some of Zeffirelli's were extremely annoying. For example, when Giorgio departs from Violetta after she has promised to leave Alfredo, Zeffirelli cuts some of the "adio"s, saving just a few seconds but destroying the end of the scene.

However Zeffirelli's visual creation is so stunning that I forgive the cuts. As much as I usually love Stratas, I would have preferred if Zeffirelli cast another soprano, possibly Natalie Dessay, Though a quite enjoyable production overall.

J. R.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really nice presentation
Published 7 days ago by Manuel
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC!
Fantastic work of film opera. Stratas and Domingo are at their best! Gorgeous and highly recommended!
Published 8 days ago by Meaghan
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Super fast delivery! As described.
Published 9 days ago by James F. Sehll
2.0 out of 5 stars I expected so much out of this recording, but ...
I expected so much out of this recording, but it must have been sung at a different time than recorded, the formation of the words with the actual words don't match and I had a... Read more
Published 28 days ago by william pflueger
5.0 out of 5 stars Verki: La Traviata
Love it...but prefer staged performances, not filmed.
Published 1 month ago by Joyce L. Buckley
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous visual and aural experience.
This is a lavish sensuous presentation of one of the worlds greatest operas. The scenes are breathtakingly beautiful and historically accurate. Read more
Published 1 month ago by CharmedMD
5.0 out of 5 stars ... prelude to Act III is some of the most beautiful music I have ever...
The prelude to Act III is some of the most beautiful music I have ever heard.
Published 2 months ago by Eloise Vanderbilt
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful....
Beautiful movie! If you have never seen (heard) an opera before this is a great place to start!
Published 2 months ago by Galina Tziganovsky
4.0 out of 5 stars on second though
As a part of the product review requested by Amazon, I stated that the DVD was well produced; and so it is. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Larry A. Verdugo
1.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is the most involving, expressive opera production I know of. I saw it first in theatre and then while traveling through Northern Italy with 25 Clemson scholar-students. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jerome V. Reel, Jr.
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