Finding Eleazar (2005)
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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
Sep 16, 2005 Wide
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A promotional video masquerading as a documentary.
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.
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.
Will be of keen interest to fans but plays to the unwashed as cringingly pompous.
Only true opera diehards will appreciate the backstage psychodrama, a catalog aria of the singer's multiple neuroses.
A certain obviousness of tone creeps into the film at moments. This obviousness unfortunately overwhelms her cinematic climax.
[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.
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