FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: October 25, 2000
Contact: Margot Gerber
Tel.: 323.461.2020 x 115
E-mail: amcin@msn.com


THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS OPERA ON FILM

Featuring an in-person appearance by acclaimed Singer and Actress Julia
Migenes!

November 17 - 19, 2000

HOLLYWOOD - The American Cinematheque presents OPERA ON FILM, November 17 -
19, 2000. Opening night, presented with the support of the Los Angeles Opera
League, is a screening of CARMEN (1984) directed by Francesco Rosi, with
singer/actress Julia Migenes in-person. At the junction of Eros and
Thanatos, opera is drama set to music. From the traditional fairy tale of
Mozart's MAGIC FLUTE, to the Greek tragedy of Verdi's LA TRAVIATA, the
romantic tragedy of Bizet's CARMEN, the tragic love of Puccini's LA BOHEME
and the fantastic tragi-comedy of Mozart's DON GIOVANNI, it's the story of
the ageless conflict between duty and desire, where true love must triumph
over all - except Death. All guests subject to their availability. All
screenings are at the newly renovated Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the
historic Egyptian (6712 Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and Las Palmas)
in Hollywood.
Opera on film goes back to the earliest days of cinema: one of the first
filmmakers to attempt it was Georges Melies, with his adaptation in 1903 of
Berlioz's Faust. While opera films of the silent era were accompanied by a
live orchestra, the era of sound film had quite a different challenge: most
film actors couldn't actually sing! Opera films became either a record of a
stage performance, or a film using actors who were dubbed with the voices of
well-known professional singers.
Led by Bergman's THE MAGIC FLUTE, the 1980's and 1990's saw many operas
conceived specifically for the wide screen, where the actors are the
singers - featuring the amazing voices and great acting performances of
Placido Domingo, Babara Hendricks, Julia Migenes, Kiri Te Kanawa and Teresa
Stratas. Our special thanks to Daniel Toscan du Plantier, producer of all
of the films in this series (except THE MAGIC FLUTE) for his extraordinary
work in supporting filmed opera.

Friday, November 17, 2000 - 8:00 PM
CARMEN, 1984, Gaumont, 152 min. Dir: Francesco Rosi. Prosper Merimé's
legendary femme fatale tale, immortalized by composer George Bizet, CARMEN has been adapted
to film many times -- but director Francesco Rosi's film is arguably the
best. In 19th century Andalucia, Don Jose (Placido Domingo) destroys his
life for the woman he loves, Carmen (Julia Migenes) -- then destroys her
when she no longer returns his love. Migenes is stunning in her
interpretation of the tempestuous gypsy, with her deathless credo of freedom
at any cost. A feast for the ears and eyes! Presented in association with
the Los Angeles Opera League. Introduction to the screening by Julia
Migenes

Saturday, November 18, 2000
The Saturday, November 18th program begins at 5:30 PM with a screening of LA
TRAVIATA, 1982, Universal, 112 min. directed by Franco Zeffirelli.
Legendary tenor Placido Domingo makes his cinematic debut in this
magnificent film, which also marks the first starring role for renowned
soprano Teresa Stratas. Violetta, a fallen woman, sacrifices her love for
Alfredo to satisfy the honor of his father. Based on Alexandre Dumas Jr.'s
novel Camille, and adapted by Guiseppe Verdi into one of the masterpieces of
romantic opera. "Having cast the film close to perfection, Mr. Zeffirelli
has staged it in a way that serves both the film and the grandeur of the
score." -- Vincent Canby, New York Times
The program continues with an 8:30 PM screening of LA BOHČME, 1987, New
Yorker, 106 min. Passionate cinematic interpretation by the prolific
Italian director Luigi Comencini (PINOCCHIO) of Puccini's opera about the
tragic love between the friendly poet Rodolfo (played by Luca Canonici and
sung by Jose Carreras) and the lonely consumptive flower girl Mimi (Barbara
Hendricks, in her first starring role), in the heart of Paris in early 1900.

Sunday, November 19, 2000
The Sunday, November 19th program begins at 5:00 PM with THE MAGIC FLUTE,
1974, 134 min. Director Ingmar Bergman shot Mozart's last operatic
masterpiece for Swedish television in 1973, on a studio in which the famed
18th century Royal Court Theatre of Drottningholm was recreated. A heroic
prince (Joseph Köstlinger) has been enlisted by the Queen of the Night
(Brigit Nordin) to rescue her daughter, the beautiful Pamina (Irma Urrila),
from her evil father, Sarastro (Ulrilk Cold). The music is sublime, and the
film stunning to look at with gorgeous cinematography by Bergman favorite
Sven Nykvist. "THE MAGIC FLUTE is magical indeed, charming and musically
fulfilling, a perfect co-mingling of one form of art and another." --
Charles Champlin, Los Angeles Times
The program continues with a 7:45 PM screening of DON GIOVANNI, 1980, New
Yorker, 185 min. "The finest things God ever made," said French writer
Flaubert "are the sea, Hamlet and Mozart's Don Giovanni." Brilliantly
adapted by director Joseph Losey, who transported the action of the opera
from Spain to Italy, from the nocturnal ambience of Seville to the natural
beauty of the Veneto countryside and Andrea Palladio's splendid Villa
Rotonda. Famous womanizer Don Giovanni (Ruggero Raimondi) flies from one
conquest to another until the Commendatore (John Macurdy) returns from the
dead to transport Don Giovanni to Hell to avenge the seduction of his daughter Donna Anna
(Edda Moster). With Kiri Te Kanawa as Donna Elvira.

DIGITAL BLACK & WHITE PHOTO FILES ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
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RECOMMENDED THAT YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE ADVANCE PRESS SCREENINGS ON TAPE.
A complete calendar/flyer listing of these films has been mailed to you.
FILMS ARE AVAILABLE ON VIDEOTAPE (NTSC) IN OUR OFFICES OR AT LOCAL VIDEO
STORES. CALL TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT TO SEE FILMS IN OUR OFFICE. NO
THEATRICAL PRESS SCREENINGS ARE PLANNED. PLEASE CALL FOR A LIST OF TITLES ON
VIDEO TAPE. (x-116)

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WISHING TO AUDIO OR VIDEOTAPE DISCUSSIONS MUST ALSO SEND A WRITTEN REQUEST.

THE PROGRAM IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

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