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Orpheus in the Underworld (1997)

Cast: Elizabeth Vidal, Patrick Davin, Alexandru Badea
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Studio: Image Entertainment
Genre: Music, Music Videos/Performance
Running Time: 120 min.
Languages: French
Subtitles: English
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Experience Offenbach's burlesque classic as never before in this performance of Orpheus in the Underworld - captured live at Brussles' Theatre de la Monnaie. An audacious take on the Greek legend of Orpheus, Offenbach's version tells the decadent tale of a group of dissolute gods who choose to seek adventure in Hell after growing bored with the amenities and comforts of heaven ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

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A tour de force by johnnyclock August 24, 2007 - 1:47 AM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
The music may not be high opera (in fact the form is Opéra-Comique, or opéra-bouffe), but the humour is marvelous, the staging is magnificent and hilarious by turns, in this upbeat, modern (although 150 years 'old') send-up interpretation of the Orpheus myth and legend, which manages to parody and satirize all domains of power (governments). As relevant today in its biting wit as it was when it premiered in 1858. The physical comedy is refreshing and excellently done; and these people sing as well! The over-all choreography of all the many things happening on stage is intricate but never confusing, always amusing. Really this is a tour de force. A slight acquaintance with the Orpheus myth and the Olympian Pantheon is probably required, but can be picked up in 30 minutes with Edith Hamilton (Google her).

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{a list in progress}: GC's 'Music' and 'Music Videos/Performance' genres return tons of entries, mostly pop, but still omit a lot. Here's what I find (1/08) of 'classical' opera & ballet, loosely defined, but excluding purely instrumental performances.
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