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Carla Fracci, Erik Bruhn, Bruce Marks, and Toni Lander perform in this 1968 performance of the Adam opera with the American Ballet Theatre and John Lanchbery conducting the Orchester Der Deutschen Oper Berlin.
- Actors: Carla Fracci, Adolphe Adam, Erik Bruhn, John Lanchbery, American Opera Ballet Theater
- Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Classical, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
- Language: English (DTS 5.1), English (PCM Stereo)
- Subtitles: Unknown
- Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Rated: NR Not Rated
- Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
- DVD Release Date: August 9, 2005
- Run Time: 95 minutes
- ASIN: B0009FU08S
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I thought it would be little more Modern ballet. Instead, there’s an awful lot of traditional dancing around, and then everyone dies. Then they dance some more.
Problematic but Worth It Anyway
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Being of a certain age, I saw these two luminaries of ballet history perform Giselle with American Ballet Theatre in 1967 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music – a never to be forgotten evening. This DVD captures the qualities that made those performances legendary. Erik Bruhn’s nobility of line and clean technique, Fracci’s ravishing second act, with her melting port de bras and weightlessness, her touching and unforced first act with its beautifully acted Mad Scene, are all here. Bruhn, at about 42, was at the end of his career here while Fracci, at about 30, was at the height of hers, but they work magically together. Fracci has a beautiful face but a less than beautifully muscled body compared to other ballerinas, yet somehow, her (I believe underrated) technique infuses all Giselle’s movements with beauty. I respectfully disagree with the reviewer who preferred Fracci’s first act to her second act. I think her second act here is stunning – as a TIMES reviewer once put it reviewing her “Giselle”, “She touched the heart as well as the eye.”
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I would have to agree with those that wrote that the “Direction” of this film is abysmal and detracts from the outstanding dance performances of Fracci and Bruhn. However, any time you have the opportunity to see Carla Fracci in Giselle, take it. I saw Fracci dance this many times on stage and no one can touch her as Giselle. Certainly, there were others like Makarova who were technically better dancers but no one can match Fracci when it comes to capturing the spirit of Giselle. True, there were some misplaced attempts on the part of the director to make this more “realistic”, a truly absurd notion when we’re talking about a woman who dies of madness and keeps her lover from being danced to death by vengeful spirits. If you’ve had the pleasure of seeing Fracci in person, this film may disappoint but she is non the less the quintessential Giselle.
Wow Wow Wow
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Had the priviledge of seeing Fracci dance Giselle, live, and left me in tears. I can understand the criticisms of the odd camera shots but the DVD is superb. The dancing is sublime. The quality of the picture is unbelievable given when it was done.
Get a copy of this if you like classic ballet!
Absolutely fabulous! It must be one of best versions of Giselle! Carla Fracci and Erik Bruhn were both sensational dancers, I guess that’s the reason for this filmed Giselle.
BEST VIDEO RECORDED GISELLE
THIS IS THE BEST VIDEO RECORDED GISELLE I HAS SEEN SO FAR. EXCELLENT! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED IF YOU LOVE THE GISELLE BALLET LIKE I DO.
Giselle/ Carla Fracci, Erik Bruhn
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I thoroughly enjoyed this DVD, not only as a past dancer, but I was very fortunate to see Carla Fracci dance with ABT in my youth. A truly great performance and a DVD that should be in everyon’s collection who appreciates ballet.
One Of The Most Beautiful Versions Of Giselle On DVD!
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This studio performance of Giselle by the great team of Carla Fracci and Erik Bruhn, with members of the ABT and the Berlin Opera Orchestra was recorded in 1968, but it looks like it was done only yesterday! I do not know exactly how Deutsche Grammophon accomplished this feat, but the image(full screen) and sound(DTS 5.1) are absolutely at the highest standard, even by today’s strict digital degree of perfection(this is shot on film with the crisp images that it imparts). The dancing itself is by some of the ballet greats of recent history and so, this qualifies also as a classic performance( I know of no other case where these two qualities come together in one recording!). Fracci and Bruhn are at their very best here, and we can see why they are so well regarded by history. Great artists are able to perform by the usual classical standards, but in an indescribable way that makes their performance unique. The choreography is also excellent and complete with the peasant pas de deux included as well as all the second act variations. The part of Hilarion, danced by Bruce Marks, is also given very extensive choreography in the second act and he dances it very well.