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The Death of a Composer: Rosa, a Horse Drama (1999)

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This is a TV adaptation of a 1993 opera entitled "Rosa," with a libretto by Greenaway and score by Louis Andriessen. "Rosa" is the first in a projected series of 10 operas, each dealing ... See full summary »

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This is a TV adaptation of a 1993 opera entitled "Rosa," with a libretto by Greenaway and score by Louis Andriessen. "Rosa" is the first in a projected series of 10 operas, each dealing with the death of a famous composer - some real (Anton Webern, Jean-Baptiste Lully, John Lennon), others fictional. "Rosa" falls into the latter category; it tells the story of Juan Manuel de Rosa, a Brazilian who went to study music in America but spent most of his time in the cinema instead, becoming particularly entranced by Westerns. Now 32 years old and residing in an abandoned Uraguayan slaughterhouse, Rosa has become one of Hollywood's foremost composers, specializing in (what else?) Westerns. He also has a beautiful 19-year-old fiancee, Esmeralda, but he pays her little heed, instead lavishing his attentions on a black mare named Bola. One day, a group of men attired as cowboys arrive at the abattoir and kill both Rosa and Bola; an investigation is conducted, with particular suspicion! Written by Josh Martin

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13 January 2003 | by (leipzig, san diego, nijmegen or canterbury) – See all my reviews

I saw this film at the Montreal Film Festival. I love Greenaway, I like Andriessen's music and the festival put me in the right mood to see something experimental. Given all that, it was quite good. But it was also s-l-o-w, sometimes pointless and only after I read the plot summary here, I begin to understand what the story was meant to be about. But hey, if you like (modern) opera, beautiful Greenaway-type scenes and such, don't miss out on this one!


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