Giselle (Widescreen) [Import]
The internationally acclaimed Italian prima ballerina Alesandra Ferri stars in La Scala's gloriously traditional new production of this much-loved classic, the most celebrated ballet of the Romantic era. Massimo Murru takes the role of Albrecht, whose duplicity drives Giselle to madness and causes her to die of a broken heart. Choreographed by Patrice Bart of the Paris Opera Ballet, this production recreates in Angelo Sala's sets and costumes the designs of the great Alexexandre Benois, famous for his work with Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes. 110 minutes.
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Unless you are a terminal audio masochist, spend your video bucks on any one of the other productions of this beautiful ballet - I wish I had!
(Note: All of us who have taken time to express our opinions about this particular ballet title are citing two entirely different DVD's. I have the version depicted here(kremlin State Theatre Ballet Academy, not a DVD featuring Nureyev etc. mentioned by the other reviewers.).
Giselle was originally a German fairy tale or folk tale. The male dancer Jules Perrot, who was the ballet instructor at the Paris Opera Ballet in the 19th century, decided to put the story into a ballet and choreographed the dances. Soon, it was enjoying great successes and all the lead ballerinas of the day were dancing the role. The role is still a very juicy and career-boosting opportunity for ballerinas today. Giselle tells the story of a village girl who is engaged to a village man. Her mother is the operator of a country inn. When Albrecht, a prince, comes to the village and the surrounding forest to hunt, he falls for Giselle. He does not reveal his identity and Giselle is under the impression he is a wealthy hunter. Hilarion, Giselle's husband-to-be, is jealous and bitter that Giselle has fallen for Albrecht. Hilarion soon tears off the mask of Albrecht's disguising. Not only is he a prince, but he is engaged to marry an aristocratic lady.Read more ›
This DVD version of Giselle was recorded live at La Scala. It stars Alessandra Ferri as Giselle and Massimo Murru as Albrecht: both give stellar performances.
There are the many wonderful moments in this production: I'll touch briefly on a few....
-Ferri is breathtaking in her interpretation of the main character: her dancing is vibrant and her acting and expressions capture the essence of the naive, love-stuck young girl in Act I, and then, as the protective Wili for the final Act.
-The costumes and sets are beautiful. For example, in the village scenes of Act I, the corps de ballet wear gold and rust colored outfits , while Ferri,as Giselle, wears a sky blue skirt with a navy blue top that makes her stand out from the other performers. She is simply stunning, your eye cannot help but be drawn to her in this setting.
-There is something about ballet done before a live audience. This "Giselle" is so enchanting, you could really appreciate the reaction of the audience: enthusiastically clapping and cheering, almost before some of the scenes ended.
- And last but not least, there is the music by Adolphe Adams: melodies so beautiful and haunting that when combined with the choreography for this work, have resulted in a ballet that has become an ageless masterpiece. What a thrill it must have been to have been there that night.
Technically, I thought the cameras were well placed and film editing was, for most parts, well done. The DVD has superb video and audio, and the menu allows you to go to any scene you like.
All in all a recording of Giselle of the highest quality.
P.S. If I had to pick a Giselle to buy, this is the DVD I'd recommend. The other notable offering of Giselle is the movie version by the American Ballet Theatre starring Carla Fracci and Eric Bruhn. The dancing is excellent in the ABT production but the film editing is poor. (to the point of distraction at times)
As for the ballet, nothing really stood out. Besides Ms. Ferri, none of the other cast members caused me to jump for joy ... no stupendous efforts; just basic dancing. Neither did I see anything to make me gasp. The stage design and costumes looked pretty familiar, the lighting was fine, and the music came through clearly. One-word summary for everything: satisfactory.
Unfortunately, the video problems were serious. The disc cover notes say "Recorded Live in HDTV," but the transfer to DVD was problematic, with one decidedly bad result: the outline of the dancers blurs whenever there is movement. I could overlook this on some occasions, but the glitch persisted.
The camera editing was good, but not great. There were several instances during the dancing where some close-ups made me miss the full head-to-toe posture that I prefer when I'm watching dance. This may not bother other viewers who like to get as many closer-up views of the characters' faces as possible.
Another glaring video distraction had to do with a particular camera that was positioned in the back of the orchestra pit, right about at stage level. Aside from having way too low of a vantage point, this camera created a distortion characteristic of wide-angle lenses, whereby the images at the edge of the frame move in rotational fashion as the camera pans from side to side.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
What a treat to see such amazing dancers as Rudolf Nureyev and Lynn Seymour.
Certianly one of the best partnerships. Read more
After you have seen Alicia Alonso, Makarova and Fracci is not very probable that Ferri will be able to impress you. Read morePublished on Jan. 6 2003
Pequeña, hermosa, de una línea impecable esta excelente bailarina-actriz (o actriz-bailarina) nos presenta su genuina "Giselle" en un acto único de... Read morePublished on July 30 2002 by R. Gomez
Pequeña, hermosa, de una línea impecable esta excelente bailarina-actriz (o actriz-bailarina) nos presenta su genuina "Giselle" en un acto único de... Read morePublished on July 26 2002 by R. Gomez
..beautifully danced, handsomely costumed...supremely romantic..
there is not much more one could want from "Giselle". All the
principals are excellent... Read more
This performance of Giselle is wonderful in all respects. Particularly noteworthy, in my opinion, is the excellent way it was photographed so that the viewer always has the best... Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2002 by William A. Chase
Of the recorded performances I know, this one is easily the best looking -- not only the production, which is lovely, but also the picture quality. Read morePublished on Dec 20 2001 by robert e. smith
Overall a good performance by Alesandra Ferri in a performance at at La Scala. I did not rate it as highly as some of the DVDs of other full length performances of other ballets... Read morePublished on May 22 2001 by Amazon Customer