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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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István Szabó
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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
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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

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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PG-13 | See all certifications »
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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 »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$65,715, 17 November 1991

Gross USA:

$1,000,348

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,000,348
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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.
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Soundtracks

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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Excellent opera movie... drama and comedy!
6 May 1999 | by Starbuck-13See all my reviews

This movie is really something different. It's all about music. It is about the desperate attempt of an idealistic hungarian conductor to perform "Tannhaeuser" in the opera house of Paris. The problems he encounters are unbelievable... and for us viewers, unbelievably funny.

What really is wonderful about this movie is of course the music. It shows how much passion and love lies within classic music, and how much work there is to do until the staff of such a big production is finally in synch.

This film also offers a chance to get an insight into classical music pieces. Some of the most splendid passages of Wagners "Tannhaeuser" can be listened to in full beauty, and thus the film might tempt some people to overcome their inhibitions and to dive into the world of opera.

For those more interested in characterization there are a lot of weird persons playing in this story, showing different kinds of European lifestyle and tackling topics like prejudice, bureaucracy and of course love.


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