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Finding Eleazar

Finding Eleazar (2005)

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Average Rating: 3.7/10
Critic Reviews: 5
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"Finding Eléazar" is a feature length documentary which chronicles the journey of international opera star NEIL SHICOFF as he develops the infamous tenor role of Eléazar from the Grand French opera La Juive. The film traces Mr. Shicoff's personal history, his religion and beliefs as he internalizes the dichotomy of a character who gives his own daughter to death because of his own intolerance, fanaticism and urge for revenge.Throughout his journey, Mr. Shicoff is put to the test concerning his

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A promotional video masquerading as a documentary.

October 28, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
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Because his self-conscious musings are given so much space, it helps to arrive at the movie already awed by Shicoff's talents so you can overlook his (and this dramatically unfocused film's) flaws.

September 16, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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To observe the tenor Neil Shicoff's thrilling performance of the final aria from Fromental Halevy's 1835 opera 'La Juive' ('The Jewess') at the Vienna State Opera is to watch a singing actor shoot the moon.

September 16, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Will be of keen interest to fans but plays to the unwashed as cringingly pompous.

September 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Only true opera diehards will appreciate the backstage psychodrama, a catalog aria of the singer's multiple neuroses.

September 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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A certain obviousness of tone creeps into the film at moments. This obviousness unfortunately overwhelms her cinematic climax.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

[Fisher's] heavy-handed montage of war, civil rights demonstrations... is so amateurish it very nearly succeeds in trivializing the power of [Shicoff's] performance.

September 16, 2005 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Bravo!

September 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
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