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Messiah
Messiah
Actors: Charlotte Hellekant, Lynne Dawson, Nicole Heaston, Magdalena Kozená, Brian Asawa
Director: William Klein
Genres: Drama, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2005     1hr 27min

Photographer-filmmaker William Klein takes on Handel?s Messiah and has created a gorgeous concert film that mixes the sacred with the profane. Performed in its entirety, the oratorio provides a narrative of Christ?s nativ...  more »

     
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Actors: Charlotte Hellekant, Lynne Dawson, Nicole Heaston, Magdalena Kozená, Brian Asawa
Director: William Klein
Creators: Paco Wiser, Pascal Marti, William Klein, Françoise Arnaud, Michel Rotman
Genres: Drama, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Drama, Musicals & Performing Arts
Studio: KOCH LORBER FILMS
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 12/06/2005
Original Release Date: 01/01/1999
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1999
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 27min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

AWESOME, AUDACIOUS AND MEANINGFUL
Robin Simmons | Palm Springs area, CA United States | 09/19/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"
George Frideric Handel's most famous work, the inspired 1741 oratorio, MESSIAH (Koch Lorber) is taken from Judaism and Christianity's interpretation of the prophesied "anointed one;" that is, Jesus, the Savior, Prince of Peace and God in the flesh.

Originally conceived for performance at Easter, with a text taken from the King James Bible, the work has become a staple of Christmas celebrations in the English-speaking world.

Filmmaker William Klein's audacious take on Handel's Messiah -- performed in full -- mixes a potpourri of images both sacred and profane that keeps the central message of both the oratorio and Jesus' life front and center.

The stirring narrative of Christ's life from birth to death to resurrection is performed by an extreme mix of human types, and heard over images of humanity at its worst. I especially liked the shirtless guy singing alone in the desert, the prison chorus, the gay and lesbian interracial choir and the chorus of Dallas cops."