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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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Challenging, confrontational, baffling-but great!
26 September 2000 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie on SBS ( God bless them ) last night. It's vintage Greenaway, multi-layered, thought-provoking and mind-( and eye- and ear- )boggling. The opera is great, too, both the music and the singing, especially Esmeralda. The male lead was a bit weak compared to the two females. All in all, it's 10 stars from me, I was glued to the TV.


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