6.6/10
1,152
11 user 10 critic

Meeting Venus (1991)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | December 1991 (USA)
Trailer
0:31 | Trailer
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 »

Director:

István Szabó
Reviews
3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Being Julia (2004)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Set in '30s London, the film involves stage actors and their experiences with love and revenge.

Director: István Szabó
Stars: Annette Bening, Michael Gambon, Maury Chaykin
Bizalom (1980)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

During WW2 Hungarian resistance hides a married couple from the officials. The woman is sent to act as the wife of one of the resistance members who is also in hiding and pretending to be somebody else. They slowly begin to fall in love.

Director: István Szabó
Stars: Ildikó Bánsági, Péter Andorai, Oszkárné Gombik
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The story shows Emma's and Böbe's fight for survival, for keeping their position in society which they achieved with hard work in the previous regime. They don't want to lose their place and become village girls again.

Director: István Szabó
Stars: Johanna ter Steege, Enikö Börcsök, Péter Andorai
Rokonok (2006)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Young honest public official is sworn in after his predecessor had to leave due to a corruption scandal. Soon, the young idealist discovers just how far-reaching the corruption is in his town and how easy it is to become corrupt yourself.

Director: István Szabó
Stars: Sándor Csányi, Ildikó Tóth, Károly Eperjes
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The true story of a decorated officer's legal challenge to her involuntary discharge when she admitted she was homosexual.

Director: Jeff Bleckner
Stars: Glenn Close, Judy Davis, Jan Rubes
Sunshine (1999)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The fate of a Hungarian Jewish family throughout the 20th century.

Director: István Szabó
Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Rosemary Harris, Rachel Weisz
Biography | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Wealthy Sunny von Bülow lies brain-dead, husband Claus guilty of attempted murder; but he says he's innocent and hires Alan Dershowitz for his appeal.

Director: Barbet Schroeder
Stars: Jeremy Irons, Glenn Close, Ron Silver
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Five loosely intertwined stories of the emotional issues facing individual middle-aged Angelenas are presented. In "This Is Dr. Keener", physician Elaine Keener is spending the day taking ... See full summary »

Director: Rodrigo García
Stars: Glenn Close, Cameron Diaz, Calista Flockhart
Jagged Edge (1985)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A wealthy woman is murdered in her beach house. The husband is allegedly knocked out first. He inherits all her inherited wealth. He has a female corporate lawyer, criminal prosecutor 4 years ago, represent him in court. Guilty?

Director: Richard Marquand
Stars: Jeff Bridges, Glenn Close, Peter Coyote
Hamlet (1990)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, finds out that his uncle Claudius killed his father to obtain the throne, and plans revenge.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Stars: Mel Gibson, Glenn Close, Alan Bates
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Biography of Camille Claudel. Sister of writer Paul Claudel, her enthusiasm impresses already-famous sculptor Auguste Rodin. He hires her as an assistant, but soon Camille begins to sculpt ... See full summary »

Director: Bruno Nuytten
Stars: Isabelle Adjani, Gérard Depardieu, Madeleine Robinson
Mephisto (1981)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A German stage actor finds unexpected success and mixed blessings in the popularity of his performance in a Faustian play as the Nazis take power in pre-WWII Germany. As his associates and ... See full summary »

Director: István Szabó
Stars: Klaus Maria Brandauer, Krystyna Janda, Ildikó Bánsági
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenn Close ... Karin Anderson
Niels Arestrup ... Zoltan Szanto
Kiri Te Kanawa Kiri Te Kanawa ... Elisabeth (Tannhäuser highlights performed by) (voice)
René Kollo René Kollo ... Tannhäuser (Tannhäuser highlights performed by) (voice)
Håkan Hagegård Håkan Hagegård ... Wolfram von Eschenbach (Tannhäuser highlights performed by) (voice)
Waltraud Meier Waltraud Meier ... Venus (Tannhäuser highlights performed by) (voice)
Renate Spingler Renate Spingler ... A young shepherd (Tannhäuser highlights perfomed by) (voice)
Matthias Hölle Matthias Hölle ... The Landgrave (Tannhäuser highlights performed by) (voice)
Kim Begley Kim Begley ... Walther von der Vogelweide (Tannhäuser highlights performed by) (voice)
Robin Leggate Robin Leggate ... Heinrich der Schreiber (Tannhäuser highlights performed by) (voice)
Rodney Macann Rodney Macann ... Biterolf (Tannhäuser highlights performed by) (voice)
Roderick Earle Roderick Earle ... Reinmar von Zweter (Tannhäuser highlights performed by) (voice)
Marián Labuda ... Von Schneider
Maïté Nahyr Maïté Nahyr ... Maria Krawiecki
Victor Poletti Victor Poletti ... Stefano Del Sarto
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

diva | nationalism | opera | gay | passport | See All (14) »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

UK | Japan | USA | Hungary

Language:

English | Hungarian | French | German

Release Date:

December 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cita con Venus See more »

Filming Locations:

Hungary See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$65,715, 17 November 1991

Gross USA:

$1,000,348

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,000,348
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In part based on director István Szabó's own experiences of directing Wagner's "Tannhauser" in Paris. See more »

Quotes

Zoltan Szanto: I could mix up my work with my private life.
See more »


Soundtracks

Tannhäuser
(extraits)
Music by Richard Wagner
Performed by Kiri Te Kanawa, René Kollo, Håkan Hagegård, Waltraud Meier,
Renate Spingler, Matthias Hölle, Kim Begley, Robin Leggate, Rodney Macann,
, Roderick Earle with The Philharmonia Orchestra (as London Philharmonia Orchestra)
Conducted by Marek Janowski
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
the music isn't enough to save it
5 December 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

A Hungarian conductor tries to unite a multi-national European opera company preparing for a televised production of Wagner's Tannhauser, with mixed results. The same might be said of the film itself, which represents director Istvan Szabo's bid for a wider slice of international box office. Unfortunately, what begins as a mild but engaging Murphy's Law comedy (complete with labor disputes, political arguments, artistic conflicts and so forth) soon devolves into a phony feel-good melodrama, with all the comic frustrations of the early scenes jettisoned in favor of a predictably stormy off-stage romance between the conductor and his temperamental superstar diva (Glenn Close). A few incidental pleasures and an attractive, charismatic cast (presenting the entire European community in a fascinating microcosm) aren't enough to hide all the obvious shortcomings, including (but not limited to) shoddy lip-synching, unnecessary voice-over commentary, and the assumption that listening to Wagner is like dying and going to heaven.


3 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 11 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed