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Dialogues des Carmélites (1999)

During the French Revolution's Reign of Terror, a small band of Carmelite nuns struggle to hold on to their faith amid the growing chaos and the ever-present threat of the guillotine. Some ... See full summary »

Director:

Don Kent

Writers:

Georges Bernanos (libretto), Emmet Lavery (libretto)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Anne-Sophie Schmidt Anne-Sophie Schmidt ... Blanche de la Force (soprano)
Valérie Millot Valérie Millot ... Madame Lidoine (soprano)
Nadine Denize Nadine Denize ... Madame de Croissy (mezzo-soprano)
Patricia Petibon Patricia Petibon ... Soeur Constance (soprano)
Hedwig Fassbender Hedwig Fassbender ... Mère Marie (mezzo-soprano)
Didier Henry Didier Henry ... Le Marquis de la Force
Laurence Dale Laurence Dale ... Le Chevalier de la Force
Allison Cook Allison Cook ... Soeur Mathilde (mezzo-soprano)
Léonard Pezzino Léonard Pezzino ... L'aumônier
Christophe Fel Christophe Fel ... Le geôlier (baryton)
Vincent de Rooster Vincent de Rooster ... Premier commissaire (tenor)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michèle Besse Michèle Besse ... Mère Jeanne de l'Enfant Jésus
Yves Ernst Yves Ernst ... Thierry - un laquais
Elena Iachtchenko Elena Iachtchenko ... Mère Gérald
Merith Kazbek Merith Kazbek ... Deuxième Commissaire
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During the French Revolution's Reign of Terror, a small band of Carmelite nuns struggle to hold on to their faith amid the growing chaos and the ever-present threat of the guillotine. Some stand fast, some falter; all must finally make a harrowing decision.

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

24 January 1999 (France) See more »

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Arte See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Version of Le dialogue des Carmélites (1960) See more »

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A beautiful production of one of the best operas of the 20th century
23 September 2012 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Poulenc's music may be an acquired taste, but I happen to like it very much and find it a thrill to sing too. Dialogues Des Carmelites is not just one of his best works but also one of the best operas of the 20th century. And this is just a beautiful and very moving production of it. The production in terms of costumes and sets is quite minimalistic but also is very elegant. The staging is always compelling, the Ave Maria chorus is wonderfully serene and I for one did think the staging for the final scene was very well-done. The video directing is unobtrusive and really flatters and clearly loves Patricia Petibon. Poulenc's music is masterfully crafted, and is done justice by the beautifully blended orchestra and chorus as well as the authoritative conducting. The performances are superb, Ann-Sophie Schmidt's Blanche is deeply moving and Nadine Denize is a haunting Prioress. The Mere Mere of Hedwig Fassbender is appropriately sympathetic but I found Patricia Petibon to be the star, her Constance is very charming and quite photogenic as well. In conclusion, really beautiful, recommended without any moment of hesitation. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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