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This is the cinematic equivalent of the
concerts: hummable slices of opera, here interpreted visually by an eclectic selection of film directors. Understandably, it's an uneven affair but, although the true opera buff will be horrified, there are some little gems. The pick of the vignettes is Franc Roddam's take on the
Tristan und Isolde
, with Bridget Fonda (in her film debut) and James Mathers as a pair of beautiful, tragic lovers. Honourable mention, too, for Robert Altman's segment from
(with the camera focused entirely on an audience seemingly made up of inmates from an asylum) and Julien Temple's trashy and kitsch version of Verdi's
, with Buck Henry and Anita Morris as the adulterous Hollywood couple. Jean-Luc Godard's segment is the silliest, while non-opera fans will be drawn to the Bruce Beresford section in which Elizabeth Hurley disrobes in the picturesque setting of Bruges.
Collection of short films by 10 directors, including Robert Altman, Derek Jarman, Ken Russell and Jean-Luc Godard, each inspired by a different operatic aria. Starring Theresa Russell, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Elizabeth Hurley, Bridget Fonda and Beverly D'Angelo, and featuring music by Verdi, Wagner and Puccini. In Italian, French, German and English.
Cast & Crew
Sex scenes, nudity.
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