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Jarre;Maurice Notre-Dame De Pa

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Product Details

  • Actors: Maurice Jarre, Laurent Hilarie, Manuel Legris, Isabelle Guerin, David Garforth
  • Directors: Andre Flederick
  • Format: AC-3, Classical, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All RegionsAll Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Arthaus Musik
  • Release Date: Nov. 17 2009
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B002QEXBG8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,068 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Notre Dame De Paris

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Format: DVD
Recorded live in 1996 this TDK dvd is in full screen 16:9 format
with an excellent picture quality.

Victor Hugo's famous work "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame" has been transformed into
a magnificent ballet by the great French choreographer Roland Petit.This production
by The Paris Opera National Ballet(considered to be the best in the world)is lush in
colours,music and dance.
Costumes are realy quite spectacular all done by the genius of Yves Saint Laurent.
His design and use of rich colours look realy amazing.
The music score by Maurice Jarre(also composer of Dr.Zhivago,Lawrence Of Arabia,
Ryan's Daughter to name a few)scores a rhythmic composition to suit each of the
four leads and the supporting cast.Beautifull melodys for the love and tender
moments to the sharp contrast of the loud full "Orchestre de Paris Opera" with
an unforgetable dance number with the beat of the drums. Under the direction of David
Garforth conducting.

The phenomenal Nicolas Le Riche,one of the foremost dancers of today is Quasimodo.
Le Riche's interpretation is especially impressive as he gives the appearance of being
cursed with a disfigured face and an ugly hump on his back.This man could leap over the moon!
Isabelle Gurin's Esmeralda the gypsy girl is danced with passionate emotion warmth and
Gurin a true "Etoile"of The Paris Opera Ballet.(now sadley having to retire at age 40!)
Laurent Hilaire is Frollo the two-faced cleric of the Notre-Dame who cared for Quasimodo when
he was left abanded as a baby on the steps of the Notre-Dame.Frollo is madly in love with
Esmeralda who spurns his love. She is in love with Phoebus and in a fit of jellous rage
Frollo stabs Phoebus to death.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Tastefully executed minimalistic masterpiece! Dec 26 2006
By Marina J. Neary - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
"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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Worth it just to see it June 12 2009
By Balletomane - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful Ballet Version Of The Hunchback Of Notre-Dame. April 22 2006
By jack wilinsky - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
a pleasure for the soul Aug. 16 2010
By Tarek Sharara - Published on
Format: DVD
the productions of l'opera nationale de paris are always great,this time its the great Roland Petit and this production of 1996 of Notre Dame Du Paris,based on Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.

from the very first moment till the last,a feast of pleasures,great dancers,NICOLAS Le RICHE is SUPER!!!!as the hunchback Quasimodo,Isabelle guerin is Great as Esmeralda!il! Laurent Hilaire as frollo...excellent.

the choreography by the master ROLAND PETIT is most intelligent ,when it comes to deal with the motion,gestures and movements of the hunchback...very clever indeed.

the sets and colors of the 12 tableaux are really out of this'll never forget the scene of the bell tower of notre dame !! it gave me goose pimples!!

Maurice Jarre's music wraps this bunch in a fantastic score.

how come such a a beautiful ballet is not famous?? i found it by mere chance!!

its a MUST for all Ballet lovers.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A horrible choreography for a great classic Jan. 7 2008
By spinozarabel - Published on
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I am sad to recommend people to avoid this product. I say so because the choreography is absolutely wretched. The music is horrible, jagged and choppy, the choreography is horrible, as jagged and coarse. The POB is my favorite company and Nicholas Le Riche and Isabel are my favorites-The fault is not theirs. I have almost all of the POB stuff and I must rate this as the worst. Now as much as I am a fan of classical ballet, I do like modern ballet provided it sticks to norms of what good dance accompanied by good music should be. I would rate POB's Clavigo and Sylvia as vastly superior to this work. I tried to get into this several times but could only stomach it for 15m or so. I despair that given a plot and story as only a great Hugo could have created, and given that this is in POB's backyard and knowing their potential (La Bayadere, etc) and to have hacked the whole thing as they have done is unforgivable.