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La Traviata

Teresa Stratas , Plácido Domingo , Franco Zeffirelli    G (General Audience)   VHS Tape
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I'm personally a great fan of La Traviata, which was my first opera and my favorite ever since. But among various discs I have by various performers and conductors, this one is simply the best.
Let's put aside Zeffirelli's unforgettable scenes(I always think the most important thing is music), Domingo and Stratas give us silky, brilliant arias shining as jewels.
Compared with this film, the Kleiber version sounds a little bit too reserved. (Even same Domingo sounds less emotional),
and Solti/Georghiu one is too light. From the first time I saw this film, I became a fan of both Domingo and Stratas.
I'm so sorry I cannot get an OST of this film, so I just turn on DVD and listen to it even when I don't have time to watch it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous blend of media Jan. 26 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Opera casting was outstanding, and worked extremely well with movie director Zeferelli's style! Great choice for those who love opera in original life-like settings!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Une version clé de La Traviata Nov. 21 2011
Format:DVD
Même si cette version date déjà de quelques années, c'est à mon avis la règle d'or de cette opéra à laquelle devront comparer leurs efforts tous les directeurs qui la monteront. Bien sûr on ne peut pas reproduire sur scène ces décors opulants et on ne peut pas donner à tous les spectateurs dans une salle les prises de vues exceptionnelles de Zeffirelli, mais c'est dorénavent le point de repère.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cinema 2, Opera 1 June 23 2002
Format:DVD
Your opinion of "La Traviata" is likely to depend on how free you feel filmmakers should be to adapt established works of art. Director Franco Zeffirelli has practically made a career out of adapting one "classic" play or opera after another (not to mention the life of Jesus) into a parade of baroquely extravagant movies. There is nothing radical in any of Zeffirelli's films. He treats all of the originals in more or less traditional, respectful ways. He just usually does it with such lush abandon that people often have difficulty with the results.
These "difficulties" derive from the untenable, though surprisingly persistent, belief that there is a "pure" version of a book, play or other literary effort that a filmmaker can somehow serve if only he or she is "faithful" enough to the original. This attitude is never less defensible than with a work like "La Traviata," since Verdi's opera is itself an adaptation of a Dumas novel. If composers are free to adapt novels without censure, why should filmmakers have to justify their changes?
On the other hand, having chosen a particular work, the filmmaker can't just ignore it. So stuffed to the gills with decor, splashy camerawork and whirling, twirling, cavorting extras, "La Traviata" doesn't so much ignore the opera as overwhelm the story and music which were, presumably, the reason for making the film. The score is competently performed, although lacking in the visceral and emotional thrills one would expect. Some of the most famous arias have been truncated substantially, giving the impression that the filmmakers were embarrassed by their familiarity. Domingo and Stratas give it their all, but don't bring out much in each other.
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5.0 out of 5 stars La Traviata Dec 30 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I discovered this opera film back in 1983, it opened up the horizon of opera to me, it's a wonderful version ! Stratas is unique and Domingo excellent, even though they make an unlikely couple they are so convincing, not to mention both their beautiful voices ! I have been a fan of them ever since...I had unfortunately lost my original copy so it's great that it is available again...

Christine
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff Feb. 19 2012
By I.I
Format:DVD
Good quality dvd, no downsides...pretty much just like any other movie you would buy and watch...there's not much to say
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5.0 out of 5 stars spectacular Nov. 13 2009
Format:DVD
Stratas and Domingo at the peak of theur careers in a sensational setting.Add Zeffirelli and Levine and you have an opera lovers dream.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chillingly beautiful Sept. 3 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This is a haunting video/DVD. Blah blah about seeing it only in the opera house (open yourself to a new experience it's a stylized *film*)I have studied opera from Met performers and when I saw "Sempre Libera" on this video for the first time I was rooted to the spot.
Franco shows Violetta's clinging to her free ways when she knows her heart is being captured by Alfonso with a wildness that is so appropriate. She rushes in a foreshadowy nightrail through the darkened mansion, strewn with champagne bottles and dead symbols of the festivities with a madness that I always thought belonged in "Sempre Libera". It's fabulous. Not that any of these operas are symbols of feminist power, but if you want to see the perfectly balanced stylistic performance that shows grit and sadness of a prostitute who knows she is dying and giving up her found love and tenuous happiness for the happiness of another, this is it.
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