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Ver Verdi: Aida

Genres
Musical
Director
Gary Halvorson
Starring
Dmitri Belosselsky, Nicola Luisotti, Aleksandrs Antonenko, Isabel Leonard

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Tuesday, 21 Apr 2020 07:19

Aida is a play by the great conductor, Rigoletto, which in its own right is a magnificent piece of work. As I have stated before, I believe the music of Rigoletto to be a work of beauty. If you have seen this film, you have seen the version by the wonderful Donato Ranieri, who has directed the play many times, and has an excellent ability to express the very essence of the text. That is why I was extremely disappointed with this version of the play. The dialogue is just plain bad. The dialogue is so thick with indecipherable English that I felt I was watching a stage play. I understand that they had to cut down on the speech, but that is just not the way to do it. I felt that the line readings were completely disjointed and uninspiring. The one thing that I really liked about the original version was that the performances were good. The actors seemed to be having fun, and I had a good time watching the plays. In this version, however, there is no sense of fun. The actors were very professional, but the lines seemed to be just too slow and unconvincing to be enjoyable. I'm not sure what the intention was, but it seems that the director decided to make this film more of a stage play than a movie. I think it was a very poor choice. The first time I saw it, I did enjoy it, but the second time I felt that it was just too slow and that I had to fast forward through the film. The music in this version is terrific. The music is wonderful and adds a lot to the film. However, I think the director decided to bring out the best in the actors. The actors seemed to be enjoying themselves and I really felt that they were having fun, and I could not help but feel that the film was just too slow and uninteresting. I do believe that this version is still a good film to see, but it is not the same experience as the original. If you have seen the original, I strongly recommend that you watch the original version.


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