Becoming Traviata (2013)
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The reinvention of Verdi's masterpiece, La Traviata, as sung by world-famous French coloratura soprano Natalie Dessay, is the subject of Philippe Béziat's thrilling new movie. A modern, minimalist, post-punk approach strips away the opulence and grandiosity associated with operatic productions. Concentrating on director Jean-François Sivadier's working relationship with Dessay, the film reveals how two great creative minds build the story of a doomed love affair. The stars rehearse in what look
May 15, 2013 Limited
Nov 11, 2013
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Watching Dessay work as a real human being and not a glittering vocal princess is a fascinating treat.
The movie is most enjoyable as a simple record of the performers, allowing one to eavesdrop on soprano Natalie Dessay and tenor Charles Castronovo as opera director Jean-Francois Sivadier coaches them through some of the libretto's more layered moments.
You can follow the story even if you're unfamiliar with the opera - though a five-minute brush-up on the plot wouldn't hurt.
Zeroing in on the art of rehearsal, "Becoming Traviata" is an exquisitely observed look at performance and the creative process.
Doc offers impressive singing and insights into opera's nonmusical dramatic challenges.
Becoming Traviata gives a compelling and rare insight into the daily life of the opera industry from the perspective of a filmmaker.
Béziat arranges an interesting mosaic, moving the opera's narrative forward along the same timeline as the ever-evolving, multi-faceted collaboration.
A clumsy and sadly missed opportunity to capture the creation of a great opera role by a great singer.
Initially engaging, but increasingly tedious and boring. Strictly for opera aficionados.
Dessay's waifishness makes her entirely believable as a woman dying from a lung disease. And the camera adores her. When her voice goes, she could have the career in movies that once seemed to await Maria Callas.
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