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

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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, 15 November 1991, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,000,348
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Dolby

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »


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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mama, don't let your sons grow up to be musicians
28 February 2005 | by alvinkSee all my reviews

this movie, besides giving the casual viewer a glimpse into the operatic world, also affords the viewer a casual glimpse into the world and the business, of music making, and it ain't pretty. but it's accurate.

as a professional musician in an international setting for more than 25 years, let me assure you that the evils of the music business are all here on display, and they are represented accurately: complaining musicians, managers for whom the word 'know' was replaced by the word 'no' at an early age (perhaps in their infancy), smarmy interfering union reps, and please God, save us all from short conductors with bleeping inferiority complexes.

and then there are the operatic singers. oh my!! (dr. georg szell called opera singers, " 'unmusical beasts', who have to have every note beaten into them by a vocal coach". this is true, by my experience).

the only really weak moment that i noticed was when the conductor left the podium during a rehearsal to knock on the door of the singer. this is absolutely improbable/impossible in my experience. conductors get their 'power' by being on the podium. they do not leave the podium

orchestra conducters get/force sex by more sordid means, not by leaving the podium.

this movie has a lot to recommend it, on many different levels- check it out.

i give it a 9.2.

watch it in a 'Robert Altman' frame of mind, i think that you will see what i mean.

it's not 'terror in tiny town'. and it's not, 'the godfather, part one'. it's somewhere in between. it's really a fine movie.

thanks. alvink


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