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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    So, I'm sitting here watching the film Everest on HBO. Mark me down as being quite content with not having to go any higher than the second balcony...
    Climbing high cold places is definitely overrated compared with sitting on a sofa knitting an afghan while reading and listening to Rossini.

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    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Climbing high cold places is definitely overrated compared with sitting on a sofa knitting an afghan while reading and listening to Rossini.

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    This, ladies and gentlemen reading this forum, is what multitasking really means.

    THE CAT THOUGH

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    Well, you know, nobody else reported on this, so your own intrepid Hoffmann, this evening, dared go where none of us has gone before.

    With good reason...

    Nonetheless, turned out to be a touching and very sweet film.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Well, you know, nobody else reported on this, so your own intrepid Hoffmann, this evening, dared go where none of us has gone before.

    With good reason...

    Nonetheless, turned out to be a touching and very sweet film.


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    You're not the only one. Several of my opera loving friends have seen it and enjoyed it.

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    Several of my opera loving friends have seen it and enjoyed it.
    Annie, you have opera loving friends?

    I can only imagine what that must be like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Annie, you have opera loving friends?

    I can only imagine what that must be like.


    They are people I've met through the internet and then went on to meet in person but sadly none of them live anywhere near me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann Lander (sospiro) View Post


    They are people I've met through the internet and then went on to meet in person but sadly none of them live anywhere near me.
    Luckily we are at least internet friends here!

    Anyway I saw this film and it was indeed very sweet.
    Natalie

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    Today I watched on the picture box a film that was funny, soppy and thoroughly enjoyable. I highly recommend it.

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    I was channel surfing this afternoon, and this was on MTV:


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    There was a time when Neil Young was an overhwhelming favorite and playing constantly. Lots of great music!

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    In “The Expanse”, a diplomat from the Martian government visits Earth to try to avert a potential war. And during the trip he catches one of his “favorite operas”, because Earth still has the best venues in the Solar System.

    I had to stop, rewind and enhance image to see if it was a “real” opera or a made-up future opera. It’s ‘Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny’! Which makes sense because the Martians are anti-capitalistic.

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    Okay, it’s not a film, but I didn’t think it was worth a whole new thread. If you enjoy intelligent science fiction, this show – based on a series of award-winning novels – is the best thing around right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nemorino View Post
    In “The Expanse”, a diplomat from the Martian government visits Earth to try to avert a potential war. And during the trip he catches one of his “favorite operas”, because Earth still has the best venues in the Solar System.

    I had to stop, rewind and enhance image to see if it was a “real” opera or a made-up future opera. It’s ‘Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny’! Which makes sense because the Martians are anti-capitalistic.

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    Okay, it’s not a film, but I didn’t think it was worth a whole new thread. If you enjoy intelligent science fiction, this show – based on a series of award-winning novels – is the best thing around right now.

    Hmmm. ‘Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny’ is a bit dark - it does have its moments, of course - I love "Moon of Alabama", but have to admit the only voice I hear singing it is, well, Jim Morrison.

    You might remember this, but here's Hoffmann as an extra in the Met's Rise and Fall.. , ca. 1980 (the hair is mine):


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nemorino View Post
    In “The Expanse”, a diplomat from the Martian government visits Earth to try to avert a potential war. And during the trip he catches one of his “favorite operas”, because Earth still has the best venues in the Solar System.

    I had to stop, rewind and enhance image to see if it was a “real” opera or a made-up future opera. It’s ‘Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny’! Which makes sense because the Martians are anti-capitalistic.



    Okay, it’s not a film, but I didn’t think it was worth a whole new thread. If you enjoy intelligent science fiction, this show – based on a series of award-winning novels – is the best thing around right now.
    I entirely agree. I love this show. I've read many of the novels (stopped at some point) and it is incredibly accurate regarding the novels, with great production values and acting. The novels themselves are spectacular so the show following them very closely accounts for superb plot. This is as good as it gets, and comparable to the best points of Battlestar Galactica. Season 2 Episode 12, "The Monster and the Rocket" was one of the best sci-fi TV episodes I've ever seen, and got me goosebumps and teary eyes. Wow!

    I hadn't noticed the opera detail, thanks for showing it! Neat!

    It is nice to see that a science fiction work pays homage to the endurance of opera as an art form. 420 years and counting, and sci-fi creators are giving it several centuries more, countering all the Chicken Littles who say that opera is dying - we've seen Star Trek's multiple homages to opera (Captain Picard is a fan; the Klingons do it as well), etc. Like we've mentioned before, there is a real-life contemporary opera in Klingon language, hehe. I saw parts of it on YouTube.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    A fictionalised take on the Florence Foster Jenkins story, better than the eponymous film - subtle, heartbreaking (but still satisfactorily ear-splitting). A perfect film for opera lovers.

    Natalie

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    Weepy overload for me this week as I try to pitch my research project about the connection between body, voice, opera and cinematic melodrama next Monday.





    More to come. Wish me luck!

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    Good luck Festat!

    Remember, no naked flames while doing your research though. I think the film used in that period is highly flamable.

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