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22 December 1999 (France) See more »
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Handel's "Messiah", directed by William Klein, conducted by Mark Minkowski. See more (3 total) »


  (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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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Handel's "Messiah", directed by William Klein, conducted by Mark Minkowski., 25 August 2005
Author: j_parer from Australia

This is the most creative recording of Handel's Messiah I have seen.

The alto Hellecant does a very passionate, quite remarkable version of "He was despised". The soprano aria "How beautiful are the feet" is moving, and the images shown along with it are coherent. I found the most inspired selection of visuals to be for the track "The trumpet shall sound", which features Christian weight-lifters strutting their stuff, its quite funny and so appropriate for the song! William Klein has been sensitive enough not to show images from outside the studio for songs such as "Thou shalt break them", choosing to film instead the tenor's face at close-range, revealing all his concentration and intensity: the singer's expression is a better illustration for this song than any scene Klein could have found elsewhere.

Despite Handel's German origin, The Messiah was composed in England and the original libretto is from the English Bible. In this case it is being performed by the French Musiciens du Louvre, in English.

*It does contain one VERY GRUESOME scene of violence, shown in the "Why do the nations" track. Simply skip that track or else do not show it to kids.*

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