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Meeting Venus (1991)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  December 1991 (USA)
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A deliciously biting satire about both the world of Grand Opera and United Europe. A Hungarian conductor (Arestrup) attempts to mount a bold new production of Richard Wagner's "Tannhäuser" ... See full summary »

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Kiri Te Kanawa ...
Elisabeth (Tannhäuser highlights performed by) (voice)
René Kollo ...
Tannhäuser (Tannhäuser highlights performed by) (voice)
Håkan Hagegård ...
Wolfram von Eschenbach (Tannhäuser highlights performed by) (voice)
Waltraud Meier ...
Venus (Tannhäuser highlights performed by) (voice)
Renate Spingler ...
A young shepherd (Tannhäuser highlights perfomed by) (voice)
Matthias Hölle ...
The Landgrave (Tannhäuser highlights performed by) (voice)
Kim Begley ...
Walther von der Vogelweide (Tannhäuser highlights performed by) (voice)
Robin Leggate ...
Heinrich der Schreiber (Tannhäuser highlights performed by) (voice)
Rodney Macann ...
Biterolf (Tannhäuser highlights performed by) (voice)
Roderick Earle ...
Reinmar von Zweter (Tannhäuser highlights performed by) (voice)
Marián Labuda ...
Von Schneider
Maïté Nahyr ...
Maria Krawiecki
Victor Poletti ...
Stefano Del Sarto
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A deliciously biting satire about both the world of Grand Opera and United Europe. A Hungarian conductor (Arestrup) attempts to mount a bold new production of Richard Wagner's "Tannhäuser" while navigating the snares and pitfalls of artistic egos, rampant nationalism, internal company and union politics, and precarious funding. Written by Dawn M. Barclift

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$1,000,348 (USA)
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The director's name, István Szabó, translates as Stephen Tailor, and one running gag in the film is that several people are called this in different languages: Stefan Schneider, Steve Taylor, Stefano Sarto (three of the singers), and Etienne Tailleur (the stage manager). See more »

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Tannhäuser
(extraits)
Music by Richard Wagner
Performed by Kiri Te Kanawa, René Kollo, Håkan Hagegård, Waltraud Meier,
Renate Spingler, Matthias Hölle, Kim Begley, Robin Leggate, Rodney Macann,
, Roderick Earle with The Philharmonia Orchestra (as London Philharmonia Orchestra)
Conducted by Marek Janowski
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the music isn't enough to save it
5 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A Hungarian conductor tries to unite a multi-national European opera company preparing for a televised production of Wagner's Tannhauser, with mixed results. The same might be said of the film itself, which represents director Istvan Szabo's bid for a wider slice of international box office. Unfortunately, what begins as a mild but engaging Murphy's Law comedy (complete with labor disputes, political arguments, artistic conflicts and so forth) soon devolves into a phony feel-good melodrama, with all the comic frustrations of the early scenes jettisoned in favor of a predictably stormy off-stage romance between the conductor and his temperamental superstar diva (Glenn Close). A few incidental pleasures and an attractive, charismatic cast (presenting the entire European community in a fascinating microcosm) aren't enough to hide all the obvious shortcomings, including (but not limited to) shoddy lip-synching, unnecessary voice-over commentary, and the assumption that listening to Wagner is like dying and going to heaven.


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