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  (in credits order)
Charlotte Hellekant ... Solistes - alto
Lynne Dawson ... Solistes - soprano
Nicole Heaston ... Solistes - soprano
Magdalena Kozená ... Solistes - mezzo soprano
Brian Asawa ... Solistes - countre-tenor
John Mark Ainsley ... Solistes - tenor
Russell Smythe ... Solistes - baryton
Brian Bannatyne-Scott ... Solistes - basse
Marc Minkowski ... Direction / conductor
Anton Steck ... Orchestra - violins
Pedro Gandia Martin ... Orchestra - violins
Cécile Mille ... Orchestra - violins
Geneviève Bois ... Orchestra - violins
Julie Neander ... Orchestra - violins
Laurent Lagresle ... Orchestra - violins
Simon Dariel ... Orchestra - violins
Nicolas Mazzoleni ... Orchestra - violins
Florence Stroesser ... Orchestra - violins
Christoph Timpe ... Orchestra - violins
Svetlana Fomina ... Orchestra - violins
Valérie Mascia ... Orchestra - violins
Annie Garcia ... Orchestra - violins
Ranée Holleville ... Orchestra - violins
Nadine Davin ... Orchestra - violas
Michel Renard ... Orchestra - violas
Laurence Duval ... Orchestra - violas
Diane Chmela ... Orchestra - violas
Verene Westphal ... Orchestra - cellos
Vincent Malgrange ... Orchestra - cellos
Fernando Lage ... Orchestra - cellos
Pascal Gessi ... Orchestra - cellos
Aude Vanackère ... Orchestra - cellos
Bernard de Saint-Louvent ... Orchestra - cellos
Michel Maldonado ... Orchestra - double bass
Paolo Zuccheri ... Orchestra - double bass
André Fournier ... Orchestra - double bass
Patrick Beaugiraud ... Orchestra - oboe
Olivier Clémence ... Orchestra - oboe
Yann Miriel ... Orchestra - oboe
Jean-Marc Philippe ... Orchestra - oboe
Jean-Louis Fiat ... Orchestra - Bassoon
Ricardo Rapoport ... Orchestra - basson
Jean-Baptiste Lapierre ... Orchestra - trumpet
Serge Tizac ... Orchestra - trumpet
Marinus Komst ... Orchestra - timpani
Mirella Giardelli ... Orchestra - harpsichord
Jory Vinikour ... Orchestra - organ
Françoise Alleysson ... Chorus - soprano
Natalie Clifton-Griffiths ... Chorus - soprano
Fabienne Colson ... Chorus - soprano
Florence Duchêne ... Chorus - soprano
Linda Gerrard ... Chorus - soprano
Florence Goyer ... Chorus - soprano
Nicki Kennedy ... Chorus - soprano
Penny Mathisen ... Chorus - soprano
Michelle Norman-Webb ... Chorus - soprano
Deborah Peake-Jones ... Chorus - soprano
Sandrine Rondot ... Chorus - soprano
Sonia Findling ... Chorus - alto
Helen Foster ... Chorus - alto
Frances Jellard ... Chorus - alto
Rachel Londop ... Chorus - alto
Armand Gavriilidès ... Chorus - counter-tenor
Thierry Grégoire ... Chorus - counter-tenor
Loïc Boissier ... Chorus - tenor
José Canalès ... Chorus - tenor
Frédéric Albou ... Chorus - bass
Jean-Louis Bindi ... Chorus - bass
Laurent Bourdeaux ... Chorus - bass
Julian Clarkson ... Chorus - bass
François Echassoux ... Chorus - bass
Lucas de Jong ... Chorus - bass
Marcos Loureiro de Sa ... Chorus - bass
Simon Neal ... Chorus - bass
Martin Robson ... Chorus - bass
Emilio Roman ... Chorus - bass
Daniel Edinger ... Le nabad à l'hôtel

Sebastian Gutierrez ... Jésus sur la croix
Arjun Spinner ... Jésus dans la rue
Nick Savalas ... Le prophète dans le désert (as Nicholas Savalas)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Charles Aznavour ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
William Klein 
Writing credits
Charles Jennens (text)

Produced by
Michel Rotman .... producer
Cinematography by
William Klein 
Pascal Marti 
Paco Wiser 
Film Editing by
Françoise Arnaud 
Production Management
Daniel Edinger .... production manager
Marie-Hélène Ranc .... production manager
Rebecca Webb .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pierre Linhart .... assistant director
Itaka Schlubach .... assistant director
François Vantrou .... assistant director
Sound Department
Frédéric Attal .... sound editor
Dominique Gaborieau .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Julien Bureau .... assistant camera
Laurent Coltelloni .... assistant camera
Francine Filatriau .... assistant camera
Vincent Muller .... assistant camera
David Quesemand .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Sophie Henocq .... assistant editor
Music Department
Ivan Alexandre .... music consultant
George Frideric Handel .... music by
Didier Lizé .... music mixer
Marc Minkowski .... conductor
Les Musiciens du Louvre .... music performed by
Stéphane Reichart .... assistant music mixer
Sébastien Rouland .... assistant conductor
Gernot von Schultzendorff .... music recordist
Other crew
Jack Cahill .... assistant to director
Catherine Coste .... script supervisor
Laurence Niro .... production assistant

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France:117 min
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Interesting but doesn't entirely work, 7 July 2016
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

'Messiah', along with Mendelssohn's 'Elijah', is to me the greatest oratorio ever written and one of the greats in the choral repertoire (Verdi and Mozart's Requiems are up there too). It's no wonder that it's Handel most performed and celebrated work.

This film version is interesting enough, and has enough to recommend, but of the DVD 'Messiahs' available it is my least favourite. Much prefer the Christopher Hogwood, Stephen Cleobury and Claus Guth-directed (staged like a filmed opera, and more humanised, and it worked) performances.

As aforementioned, there is a lot to like. It is superb musically. The orchestra achieve a perfect balance of authenticity, refinement energy, rousing power and pathos, with a beautifully produced sound. As well as being rousing in the "Hallelujah" chorus to nuanced in arias like "I Know that My Redeemer Liveth". The chorus have a lot to do, and it's not easy music, needing a lot of sound, a wide dynamic range and flexibility, which this chorus have. They are particularly good in "Hallelujah", "For Unto Us a Child is Born" and the "Amen" chorus.

Supporting them every step of the way is Marc Minkowski. Despite specialising more in French baroque music, Minkowski does a fine job here, conducting with finesse, elegance, energy and dramatic intensity. The soloists are uniformly excellent, Charlotte Hellekant is particularly remarkable while ethereal Lynne Dawson and intense but expressive John Mark Ainsley are not far behind. "He was Despised", "How Beautiful are the Feet" and "The Trumpets Shall Sound".

Less good is the direction and some of the images. This version of 'Messiah' does look striking and beautiful as well as rich in atmosphere, apart from some extreme close ups that cuts off parts of heads. There are some memorable images, especially the prison chorus and the man in the dessert, that were vivid and moving. "The Trumpets Shall Sound" was fun too.

At the same time, it's a bit fragmented and too many of the images hold little relevance to the meaning of the music, juxtapose too much with the words and have little point. "He Shall Feed His Flock" fares particularly badly here, but even worse is the heavy-handed and gratuitously gruesome visuals for "Why Do the Nations".

Overall, interesting and musically superb, but doesn't entirely work. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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