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Alban Berg - Wozzeck / Adolf Dresen ·  Claudio Abbado - F. Grundheber · H. Behrens ·  Vienna State Opera
Alban Berg - Wozzeck / Adolf Dresen Claudio Abbado - F Grundheber H Behrens Vienna State Opera
Actors: Franz Grundheber, Walter Raffeiner, Philip Langridge, Heinz Zednik, Aage Haugland
Director: Brian Large
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Musicals & Performing Arts, Mystery & Suspense
NR     2001     1hr 38min

Alban Berg's scalpel-like dissection of human baseness is compellingly captured in a 1987 Vienna State Opera production that emphasizes its often- overlooked lyricism. Based on George Buchner's play about a soldier's mad ...  more »

     
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Actors: Franz Grundheber, Walter Raffeiner, Philip Langridge, Heinz Zednik, Aage Haugland
Director: Brian Large
Creators: Alban Berg, Georg Büchner
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Musicals & Performing Arts, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Classical, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Image Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 08/21/2001
Original Release Date: 01/01/1987
Theatrical Release Date: 00/00/1987
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 1hr 38min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
Edition: Classical
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: German
Subtitles: English
 

Movie Reviews

First rate!
Theodore Shulman | 10/12/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Great performance, vocally and orchestrally. The acting is good as well. Staging is appropriate throughout, and visually at times quite lovely, as in the drowing scene.One minor caveat, already noted by another reviewer: the images on the box have nothing to do with what's inside! They look like they were taken from a Disney version!"
GREAT Wozzeck film re-issue - get it for good traditional pr
Alexander Z. Damyanovich | Flesherton, Ontario, Canada | 06/10/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"For once, here is a film of a live performance (in the Wiener Staatsoper - Vienna State Opera) where the stage-director has truly submitted himself to Berg's demands and needs. Herr Dreser manages it all without needing in the least to change time-periods (or costumes) or impose his ideas upon Berg's grisly yet appropriate (at times even beautiful! - try the lullaby section of Act I Scene 3, or Scenes 1 and 2 of Act 3 for proof thereof!!) score for this awful tale. This production truly brings out the whole truth in each one of the characters (truly, the Captain, "Doctor" and Drum-Major richly come across as the slime they are!!!) such that one can't but sympathise with the poor loser of an anti-hero that Franz Wozzeck is (all his circumstances are so totally against him and Marie even as they try to be good! - those inescapable realities combined with their intrinsic weaknesses as characters - Marie's lust, Wozzeck's insanity - finally overwhelm them both). It only could be improved upon (aside from some stage-movements and sequences related thereto) by an actual studio Hollywood-style film (under the directorship of a Franco Zeffirelli or Cecil B. DeMilne, perhaps Mel Gibson {not knowing this last-mentioned's work at this time} in terms of cine-video/photography); otherwise it's excellently done - and those of us interested in the orchestral workings get to benefit seeing this beautiful ensemble (the parent-ensemble of the Vienna Philharmonic!) and Abbado's work in the critical interludes.

In an era where directors are encouraged to trample all over composers' directions (even in the most ludicrous ways imaginable!), this film is a salutary shot in the arm and a joy to see for those more traditionally minded like myself!! Only one set I could criticise as being somewhat too stark (Act I Scene 2 could have been a bit more elaborate with its background depiction of the town...); also, there are a few cases where the composers' directions could have been followed even more stringently - however, although it's not perfect, it's very good indeed!!!

While I could wish for a few things likewise to be different with the conducting (personal taste - also, am I right in my growing suspicion that, somehow, DVD audio isn't quite completely as good as that of a real CD?!??), I think everybody does a superb job!! Top kudos for me go to Hildegard Behrens as Marie as well as to both Aage Haugland as the quack "Doktor" and Heinz Zednik (in spite of a few wrong notes that want to go tonal...) as the Captain, though nobody is a slouch here in the least. Perhaps one could have wished for a little more poetry in the title rôle (something Fischer-Dieskau gives us with Böhm); however, Grundheber does a fine job, nothing to complain about. Most certainly I'm most favourably impressed by Frau Behrens!! I not only love her voice and musicianship (also a superb actress - she's more than totally believable in her rôle!), also most appealing is the way she handles the Sprechstimme portions in Act III Scene 1 - better in my opinion than Evelyn Lear for Karl Böhm (it's better to err on the side of singing when handling that ferociously-difficult kind of declamation than on the side of speaking, and Behrens' feeling for it is so classy!!!!). Bravissima, wirklich Prächtig!!!"
Don't overlook the character actors ...
Theodore Shulman | NYC | 05/03/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I own a VHS of this.

Yes Hildegard Behrens is wonderful, and Grundheber is more than adequate in the title role, but the ones to watch closely are "Hauptmann" Heinz Zednik and "Doktor" Aage Haugland. I don't think any of us will ever see those roles done this well again."