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Cobra Mission

Review Annabelle enters into a secret and incestuous love affair with her brother, Giovanni. She becomes pregnant. Hiding her shameful passion from the world, the beautiful woman must spurn a throng of eligible bachelors. Finally forced by the church to wed t
King Arthur - The Young Warlord

Review A popular movie star, known for her method acting, takes on the characteristics of her current role as a turn of the century murderess-both on and off camera.
William Kelly's War

Review

One-third documentary and two-thirds filmed theatre, this fascinating experiment from filmmaker Mick Csaky and opera director Elijah Moshinsky revolves around a staging of Mozart's first popular success, Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Harem). Musical sequences are interwoven with footage of rehearsals and interviews that provide historical context.

The Turkish setting is breathtaking, and the film offers a unique opportunity for Mozart devotees to see one of his works spring from fantasy to reality. The production, performed in the harem of the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, features exquisite set design and a top-notch cast including Paul Groves, Yelda Kodalli, Desiree Rancatore, Lynton Atkinson, Peter Rose and actor Oliver Tobias, with Sir Charles Mackerras conducting The Scottish Chamber Orchestra. More than just a performance film, Mozart in Turkey also studies the history of opera's fascination with Turkish culture and some illuminating biographical information about Mozart's life during the composition of ‘The Abduction’, his most popular opera during his lifetime.

Works
Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Press Reviews
"This is a fascinating and delightful DVD. We see and hear much of Mozart's score, impeccably performed by the SCO under Sir Charles Mackerras (complete with the requisite appoggiaturas). The cast is good, if not outstanding. Elijah Moshinsky's production, set in the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul (rather than in the Pasha's country house), is imaginative and deeply satisfying; his comments to camera and in rehearsals are illuminating, his insights often original and seldom cranky. The camera-work is sensitive and beautiful...Oliver Tobias's Pasha is a superb and moving assumption and the cast act as well as sing with style and conviction (none more so than Yelda Kodalli, who in the finale touchingly mimes her gratitude and too-late found affection for the Pasha). After some less than happy experiences with the medium I find it doubly pleasing to be able to praise a DVD unreservedly...there is much to enjoy in this DVD, and I shall often return to it." (Early Music Review)

Cast
Paul Groves (Belmonte)
Yelda Kodalli (Konstanze)
Désirée Rancatore (Blonde)
Lynton Atkinson (Pedrillo)
Peter Rose (Osmin)
Oliver Tobias (Bassa Selim)
Scottish Chamber Choir & Orchestra; Charles Mackerras

Production
Company: BBC Worldwide
Stage Director: Elijah Moshinsky

Disc Information
Catalogue Number: OA0892D
Running Time: 88 minutes
Sound: Dolby Surround; Dolby Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic
Subtitles: EN, ES
Label: Opus Arte


Hickok

Review Annabelle enters into a secret and incestuous love affair with her brother, Giovanni. She becomes pregnant. Hiding her shameful passion from the world, the beautiful woman must spurn a throng of eligible bachelors. Finally forced by the church to wed t
476 A.D. Chapter One: The Last Light of Aries

Review A popular movie star, known for her method acting, takes on the characteristics of her current role as a turn of the century murderess-both on and off camera.
Fire & Ice

Review

One-third documentary and two-thirds filmed theatre, this fascinating experiment from filmmaker Mick Csaky and opera director Elijah Moshinsky revolves around a staging of Mozart's first popular success, Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Harem). Musical sequences are interwoven with footage of rehearsals and interviews that provide historical context.

The Turkish setting is breathtaking, and the film offers a unique opportunity for Mozart devotees to see one of his works spring from fantasy to reality. The production, performed in the harem of the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, features exquisite set design and a top-notch cast including Paul Groves, Yelda Kodalli, Desiree Rancatore, Lynton Atkinson, Peter Rose and actor Oliver Tobias, with Sir Charles Mackerras conducting The Scottish Chamber Orchestra. More than just a performance film, Mozart in Turkey also studies the history of opera's fascination with Turkish culture and some illuminating biographical information about Mozart's life during the composition of ‘The Abduction’, his most popular opera during his lifetime.

Works
Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Press Reviews
"This is a fascinating and delightful DVD. We see and hear much of Mozart's score, impeccably performed by the SCO under Sir Charles Mackerras (complete with the requisite appoggiaturas). The cast is good, if not outstanding. Elijah Moshinsky's production, set in the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul (rather than in the Pasha's country house), is imaginative and deeply satisfying; his comments to camera and in rehearsals are illuminating, his insights often original and seldom cranky. The camera-work is sensitive and beautiful...Oliver Tobias's Pasha is a superb and moving assumption and the cast act as well as sing with style and conviction (none more so than Yelda Kodalli, who in the finale touchingly mimes her gratitude and too-late found affection for the Pasha). After some less than happy experiences with the medium I find it doubly pleasing to be able to praise a DVD unreservedly...there is much to enjoy in this DVD, and I shall often return to it." (Early Music Review)

Cast
Paul Groves (Belmonte)
Yelda Kodalli (Konstanze)
Désirée Rancatore (Blonde)
Lynton Atkinson (Pedrillo)
Peter Rose (Osmin)
Oliver Tobias (Bassa Selim)
Scottish Chamber Choir & Orchestra; Charles Mackerras

Production
Company: BBC Worldwide
Stage Director: Elijah Moshinsky

Disc Information
Catalogue Number: OA0892D
Running Time: 88 minutes
Sound: Dolby Surround; Dolby Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic
Subtitles: EN, ES
Label: Opus Arte



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