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1st Night (2013)




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Adam (Richard E. Grant) is a rich industrialist, who aspires to a more cultured world. Spurred on by playful jibes that he is little more than a city suit living the capitalist's dream, this frustrated amateur opera singer decides to throw an opera in his lavish country retreat. Once his friends see him belting out the notes, he feels sure it will spell the end to their shallow taunts. In fact, it might even help him win the hand of Celia (Sarah Brightman), the female conductor he has been pursuing whom - it just so happens - is the first to be recruited for his showpiece. (c) Gravitas Ventures

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Mia Maestro
as Nicoletta
Tessa Peake-Jones
as Mrs. Hammond
Hugh Ross
as Bunny
Stanley Townsend
as Paolo Prodi
Jack Walker
as Eric Hammond
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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

A pallid gloss of a work that teems with deception, disguise and mistaken identity, not to mention humor.

May 2, 2013 | Rating: 2/5
New York Times
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The movie may appeal to theater aficionados and Juilliard undergrads, but to the average moviegoer, it's a trudge.

May 2, 2013 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
New York Daily News
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It's hard to explain why every character in 1st Night behaves like an adolescent in a sitcom.

April 30, 2013 | Full Review…
Village Voice
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The music of Mozart seems too big for the "book" of this minor-key romantic roundelay, which nevertheless manages to be increasingly, albeit mildly, engaging.

May 3, 2013 | Full Review…
Film Journal International

The political dynamic that underpins The Rules of the Game is nonexistent in 1st Night, which is fixated entirely on the zany sexcapades of its characters.

April 27, 2013 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
Slant Magazine

Proceedings swiftly descend into sub-Richard Curtis territory with little of the wit.

October 26, 2011 | Full Review…
Total Film

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