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Gesualdo: Death for Five Voices (1995)
"Tod für fünf Stimmen" (original title)

TV Movie  -   -  Documentary | Biography | Music  -  1995 (Germany)
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Works, legend and murders of Carlo Gesualdo, a notorious Italian composer and murderer from 16th century.

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Pasquale D'Onofrio
Salvatore Catorano
Angelo Carrabs
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Angelo Michele Trorriello
Raffaele Virocolo
Vincenzo Giusto
Giovanni Iudica
Walter Beloch
Principe d'Avalos
Antono Massa
Alan Curtis
Gennaro Miccio
Silvano Milli
Marisa Milli
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Those 5 voices in my head convinced me. This one's a classic!
15 November 2004 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

Oh my, this documentary has a lingering fascination with the colourful life of one helluva kinky dude! From masochism to homo eroticism, from murder to insanity, nothing ordinary inhabits the skin of this castle dwelling Prince/ "amateur musician".

And yes, I friggin' loved it!! For all the wrong reasons, of course...

Like the disparate five voices performing Gesualdo's Midralgo masterpieces, this extremely off-kilter documentary is brimming with schizo discordance worthy of a Herzog stamp. At times godawfully serious, at others offbeat deadpan. Eventually, the film veered off the edge and into LOL looney territory. This straight talking heads docu meet Spinal Tap-like hi-jinks is so generously sprinkled with Pythonite dust, it has become a monster hybrid which only Herzog is capable of making. Yes, once again, we were all fooled by the solemn music and the narrator's earnest German accented voice. And ladies and germs, that ending? Priceless.

OK, my quips on this flick so far cannot do it justice. Herzog devotees out there, drop what you are doing right now! Go hunt it down already!

Sample below classic lines from yet another Herzogian masterpiece:

Italian Chap to a crazy woman: "What is your address? How can I contact you?"

Crazy Woman, who is a self-professed incarnate of Gesualdo's murdered wife (don't ask): "I live up in heaven. You can take a helicopter up to find me...."


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