omplete QPORIT: Review: THE PARIS OPERA in RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA 2017

Saturday, March 11, 2017

 

Review: THE PARIS OPERA in RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA 2017


THE PARIS OPERA
L’OPERA DE PARIS

Thursday, March 2, 4:00pm
Saturday, March 11, 3:30pm

THE 22nd RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA
MARCH 1-12, 2017

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The Paris Opera / L'Opèra de Paris

Jean-Stéphane Bron, France, 2017, 110m
French with English subtitles

This all-access documentary goes behind the scenes of the Paris Opera, following the array of personnel—management, performers, costumers, cleaning crew—who work to bring breathtaking spectacle to audiences night after night. Over the course of a season, director Jean-Stéphane Bron nimbly juggles a dizzying number of storylines, from labor disputes to procuring a live bull for Schoenberg’s Moses und Aron to a PR crisis involving the head of the company’s ballet. Sweeping in scope yet full of intimate human moments, The Paris Opera offers a candid look at everything that goes into operating one of the world’s foremost performing arts institutions. U.S. Premiere.

Thursday, March 2, 4:00pm
Saturday, March 11, 3:30pm



REVIEW

This is a terrific film that celebrates opera, music, and dance. It provides a backstage look at their preparations, management, celebrations and crises that are part of a year at the opera.

This documentary follows in the style of Frederick Wiseman (but with more love for the institution and its cultural products than Wiseman, with his often ascetic aesthetic often reveals). There is no narration, or external information provided, beyond what is said and shown in the film. While this provides a unity of experience, it also leaves many questions about who is who, and what their role is. 

It has long been my belief that every documentary should have a companion (transmedia!) informational website that adds (for example) the full text of interviews excerpted in the film, the names and dates and bios of people who appear in the film, links to relevant information, and other important information that does not fit in a single 2 hour film.

(In fact, In 2009, Frederick Wiseman, himself, made a documentary about dance at the Paris Opera -- the link is below).

The film has a loose structure.  It is roughly chronological, and it follows two people in particular: Stéphane Lissner, a new Director of the Opera, and Mikhail Timosheko, a young singer with a beautiful bass-baritone voice, through a season of opera.  (And they chose well: Timoshenko now, a few years after the film was shot, seems to have a blossoming career.)

This film is a gift for all music, opera, and dance lovers… and an invitation to everyone else!


CAST AND CREW
Director: Jean-Stéphane Bron

Appearances include:
              Stéphane Lissner - Director of the Paris Opera.
              Mikhail Timosheko - a young Bass-Baritone


LINKS
THE PARIS OPERA - IMDB

JEAN-STEPHANE BRON - IMDB

STEPHANE LISSNER

MIKHAIL TIMOSHENKO

THE PARIS OPERA - WIKIPEDIA

THE PARIS OPERA BALLET - WIKIPEDIA

WISEMAN’S LA DANSE - IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1500496

FREDERICK WISEMAN - WIKIPEDIA



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