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Meeting Venus (1991)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | December 1991 (USA)
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A deliciously biting satire about both the world of Grand Opera and United Europe. A Hungarian conductor (Arestrup) attempts to mount a bold new production of Richard Wagner's "Tannhäuser" ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Karin Anderson
... Zoltan Szanto
Kiri Te Kanawa ... Elisabeth (Tannhäuser highlights performed by) (voice)
René Kollo ... Tannhäuser (Tannhäuser highlights performed by) (voice)
Håkan Hagegård ... Wolfram von Eschenbach (Tannhäuser highlights performed by) (voice)
Waltraud Meier ... Venus (Tannhäuser highlights performed by) (voice)
Renate Spingler ... A young shepherd (Tannhäuser highlights perfomed by) (voice)
Matthias Hölle ... The Landgrave (Tannhäuser highlights performed by) (voice)
Kim Begley ... Walther von der Vogelweide (Tannhäuser highlights performed by) (voice)
Robin Leggate ... Heinrich der Schreiber (Tannhäuser highlights performed by) (voice)
Rodney Macann ... Biterolf (Tannhäuser highlights performed by) (voice)
Roderick Earle ... Reinmar von Zweter (Tannhäuser highlights performed by) (voice)
... Von Schneider
Maïté Nahyr ... Maria Krawiecki
Victor Poletti ... Stefano Del Sarto
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A deliciously biting satire about both the world of Grand Opera and United Europe. A Hungarian conductor (Arestrup) attempts to mount a bold new production of Richard Wagner's "Tannhäuser" while navigating the snares and pitfalls of artistic egos, rampant nationalism, internal company and union politics, and precarious funding. Written by Dawn M. Barclift

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Cita con Venus  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$65,715, 15 November 1991, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,000,348
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The director's name, István Szabó, translates as Stephen Tailor, and one running gag in the film is that several people are called this in different languages: Stefan Schneider, Steve Taylor, Stefano Sarto (three of the singers), and Etienne Tailleur (the stage manager). See more »


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Du bis wie eine Blume
(from song cycle "Myrthen, op. 25")
Music by Robert Schumann
Text by Heinrich Heine
Performed by Kiri Te Kanawa soprano, Roger Vignoles piano
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A paean to the passionate life!
1 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

Lord, how I love this movie!

I have been a Wagnerphile for most of my adult life. The entrance music at my wedding (30+ years ago) was from Parsifal. I hum leitmotifs when I'm feeling good. And when I really want an emotional catharsis, I put on "Meeting Venus."

I watched it again, after several years' hiatus, a few nights ago. I laughed out loud time and again and sat with tears streaming down my face during the finale. What a wonderful film!

I recommend this time and again to my music-loving friends. Imagine "Best in Show" and "A Mighty Wind," set in Paris, produced by the BBC, and with an international, stellar cast of both performers and voice talent. (Not to put down the Christopher Guest ensemble, but consider Glenn Close, Kiri Te Kanawa, et. al., - really!)

Raise the curtain!

Spiritus ex Machina

The universe is not only stranger than we imagine, it's stranger than we CAN imagine!


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