La Fille du Pharaon (The Pharaoh's Daughter) [Blu-ray]
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Despite a desert storm, a lion hunt and an attempted suicide, the couple finally wins the Pharaoh's blessing to their marriage.
From its creation in 1862, Petipa's grandiose ballet was a sensational success; its stupendous costumes and striking scenery, its exotica, romanticism and drama appealing to audiences as much as the virtuoso choreography.
The Bolshoi Ballet and the two soloists Svetlana Zakharova and Sergei Filin are at their best in spite of the difficulty of Pierre Lacotte's choreography.
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I got this based on the reviews I read here and elsewhere. And I agree with most of the reviews, in that this is light on story and drama, but heavy on spectacle and really wonderful dancing. The sets are beautiful, the corps seems to dance wonderfully, and Zakharova is amazing. Sometimes, it really does seem like she's floating just above the floor. I know that people have said that she isn't the most "perfect" dancer in the world, but her movements and grace are stunning.
The image just pops off the screen in HD. Wow. I couldn't believe how bold the colors and how clear the details were.
This is just a lot of fun to watch, and while I also agree that the music is a bit repetitive (let's face it, it's no Tchaikovsky), it makes the story move, and gives all the dancers a good deal to work with.
Essentially the story concerns an English Lord who shelters from a desert storm in a nearby pyramid. He takes opium and thus starts the story of the ballet. In his dream he imagines a mutual love affair with the princess who is entombed in the pyramid. This takes both of them through various adventures which enables a series of fanciful scenarios to be enacted leading to their final union. At this point the storm abates, the opium wears off and he is left with fond memories as the final curtain falls.
Throughout this production every means possible is grasped to have maximum visual effect. The costumes for the dancers in all scenarios are simply beautiful without exception. The stage props and general settings are as generous as space will allow and completely appropriate to the story as it unfolds. The dancing by the corps de ballet is effortlessly graceful as indeed is that of the star roles of Svetlana Zakharova as Aspicia, Sergei Filin as Lord Wilson, Maria Aleksandrova as Ramze and Gennady Yanin in the double role as John Bull/Passiphonte.
The camera work is totally sympathetic and fully captures all the changing moods and settings with a nice blend of close and panoramic shots. The imaging is crystal clear and of good colour rendition throughout.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a Pierre Lacoste production for the Bolshoi and it is worth the purchase. Elaborate and majestic and the choreograph is excellent.Published 9 months ago by JRM dit Jolicoeur
fast shipment, well packaged and in excellent condition, exactly as described, very pleased, highly recommended, A++Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
La Fille du Pharaon is the most beautiful ballet, will watch it over and over again I give it 5starsPublished 17 months ago by Trudi matthews
An excellent ballet
I enjoyed the Bolshoi ballet since it is a grand spectacle and one of a kind
the DVD arrived in very good condition
Ballet performances are mostly fairy tales, la Fille du Pharaon is the best fairy tale ever recorded by the Bolshoi Ballet DB.CaPublished on May 14, 2014 by Je me souviens encore
The performance was excellent, the technical quality of the disc was excellent, although the camera work could've been done better.Published on February 26, 2014 by Adam A. Wanderer
The movie was very clear. i thought I was sitting first row VIP. i liked the plot and everything. The story was very interesting. Very very pleased overallPublished on July 18, 2012 by Somang Im
Arguably the greatest ballet company in the world, even the Bolshoi Ballet can be boring, as is demonstrated by this revised warhorse. Read morePublished on October 22, 2011 by M. Paley
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