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Roland Petit - Notre-Dame de Paris / Isabelle Guerin, Nicolas Le Riche, Laurent Hilaire, Manuel Legris, Paris Opera Ballet
Roland Petit - Notre-Dame de Paris / Isabelle Guerin Nicolas Le Riche Laurent Hilaire Manuel Legris Paris Opera Ballet
Actors: David Garforth, Opera National de Paris, Maurice Jarre, Victor Hugo, Quasimodo
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2006     1hr 26min


     
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Actors: David Garforth, Opera National de Paris, Maurice Jarre, Victor Hugo, Quasimodo
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: DTS, Classical, Ballet & Dance
Studio: Tdk DVD Video
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 04/18/2006
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1996
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 26min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
Edition: Classical
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Tastefully executed minimalistic masterpiece!
Marina J. Neary | Stamford, CT United States | 12/26/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Notre-Dame" has been brought to stage and screen countless times, and every time the director/choreographer is faced with the same challenge - the recreation of the cathedral. One either recreates the cathedral in great detail (think the black and white film versions) or uses minimalistic symbols such as statues and gargoyles (think the French-Canadian rock opera by Cocciante). It's hard to find middle ground. In this particular production the cathedral is reduced to a backdrop screen with a rectangular shape drawn upon it. This set design is very effective, because it goes along with the very clean, minimalistic production. The costumes are very tasteful and flattering. They do not distract from the unfolding drama. The viewer's attention is focused on the main characters.

I was especially impressed by Quasimodo. He does not have much in terms of makeup. He does not have a prosthetic hump. All of his physical deformities are conveyed by the movements of the lead dancer. Nicholas le Riche is a very handsome and graceful man, and it must have taken a lot of skill to play a deformed bellringer.


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Beautiful Ballet Version Of The Hunchback Of Notre-Dame.
J. M WILINSKY | teaneck, NJ United States | 04/22/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Roland Petit has done a fine job choreographing this modern ballet. As it always is with the Paris Opera Ballet, the dancing is fantastic! The camera work is excellent, showing every detail of motion on stage. The sets are interseting, with good stage depth, and the costumes are unusually colorful! Isabelle Guerin(she is also featured in two other POB dvds: the La Bayadere performance dvd and the La Bayadere documentary dvd; see my reviews of them) plays Esmeralda and dances with great feeling and dynamism, as do the others. The choreography is very classical with plenty of modern moves thrown in to impart a surreal feel. The image and sound are super crisp! All ballet fans should enjoy this."
Worth it just to see it
Balletomane | 06/13/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Without repeating what others have said about how good this is (and it is) the thought I have is to appreciate being able to see it at all. Given the production values (high) the cast (superb) the sound (excellent) - to be able to watch this piece in 16:9 on a large screen is an absolute delight. And what a performance- Le Riche in a tour de force of dancing and acting with other etoiles of the POB at their best. The only caveat is that some of the camerawork does not show crowd scenes to their best advantage being too low on the screen otherwise this fine production is highly recommended."
Quality entertainment
Rex Watson | Essex, England | 01/04/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The prima ballerina is beautiful, sexy, and a wonderful dancer. She is quite prepared to flaunt her sexuality. The music is of very high quality, the costumes (designed by Yves St Laurent) are certainly colourful. The plot is as follows: pretty girl sleeps around, comes to a sticky end. Those with a comprehensive knowledge of French history can doubtless fill in the details. The choreography is well contrived. (It creaks a bit in the pas de deux between the pretty girl and the hunchback) I think that this DVD will provide much pleasure to anyone who buys it."