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Directed by
Pierre Jourdan 
Film Editing by
Patrice Monnet 
Costume Design by
Carole Groualle 
Camera and Electrical Department
Thierry Alexandre .... lighting
Music Department
Franck Cassard .... tenor
Emmanuel Chabrier .... music by
Philippe Fourcade .... baritone
Darius Milhaud .... music by
Mary Saint Palais .... soprano
Le Sinfonietta Orchestre Régional de Picardie .... orchestra
Michel Swierczewski .... conductor

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Technical Support By Many Brings Rewards For An Early Work By A Great French Composer., 2 March 2011
Author: rsoonsa ( from Mountain Mesa, California

This very droll as well as somewhat racy light opera (properly translated in this instance as A FAULTY EDUCATION), composed by one of France's 19th century premier masters of melody, Emmanuel Chabrier, had originally been produced, and first performed by him at the piano, in 1879, with its two principal roles sung by sopranos, Chabrier's preference for these parts, although one of them was subsequently switched to a tenor, with the instrumental score being mildly supplemented during the 20th century by Darius Milhaud, while keeping intact the work's felicities within its vocal pages. The setting for the operetta (and for this film) is 18th century Paris, with its action occurring within a château belonging to Count Boismassif, where a freshly married couple, the Count's son, Gontran (Franck Cassard, tenor) and his bride Hélène de la Cerasaie (Mary Saint Palais, mezzo-soprano) open the film during a squally night that is impressively realised through dramatic lighting effects. A contemporary convention dictates that an elderly member from each of the bride and the groom's families must respectively advise the young pair as to correct first night romantic comportment. However, Gontran's grandfather sends a written message that states in his day no outside guidance was required, while a letter from Hélène's maiden aunt includes insipid suggestions to her that are completely insufficient. Because the newly wedded couple is apparently hopelessly unseasoned, they are forced to rely upon a friar, Pausanias (Philippe Fourcade, baritone), for amatory direction, but his besotted state is guaranteed to cause his guidance to be only patchily useful. The lovers are therefore snared in a situation wherein they will be forced to develop their own bed chamber gambits. The film is shot in 1.33:1 speed before a live audience in 1994 at the Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne, a performance plotted to observe the 100th anniversary of Chabrier's passing, as a segment of the 1993/94 Saison Lyriques et Musicales de Compiègne. It is produced as well as directed by Pierre Jourdan, a renowned specialist in the quarrying of classical French musical in addition to lyrical theatre, particularly those works composed during the 19th century. Michel Swierczewski capably conducts a pick-up orchestra labelled Sinfonietta de Picardie in support of the three soloists, providing a splendid instrumental framework that is nicely captured, as are the visuals (clear even during dark scenes), crisply upon a Kultur full-screen 4:3 DVD. The operetta's sets, designed and arranged by Jourdan and Gilles Dubernet, are strikingly simple for this compound of melodrama and sentimentality. The mentioned opening episode lighting effects, created by Thierry Alexandre, are most engaging. Saint Palais is in excellent voice and her acting dominates the performance. There are no extra features included with the DVD for this short (47 minute) film. It is sung in French and there are largely accurate English subtitles.

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