A pretty straightforward rendition of Stravinsky's extraordinary dramatic oratorio, dramatically and musically speaking. Most striking is the production design, not entirely divorced from Noh theatre with its economical, stylised movements and masks (worn on rather than over the head by the soloists).
Key to the success of this film of the staging is the intrusive freedom of the camera, getting right in close to singers, chorus and actors alike. This is a good compensating decision in respect of the comparative immobility of the cast (in respect of Stravinsky's intentions).
The music is well-performed although the sound, taken from the live performances has a bizarre open-air recoil to it. This doesn't detract from the overall impact of the film though - it may even be said to be a defining feature of it. 6/10
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