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PORGY & BESS Movie Remake in the works, Dee Rees to direct

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There seems to be an underlying assumption in this thread that real opera singers don't have the acting chops to play the P&B roles. (Yes, there's also the issue of name recognition, which few opera singers have in the culture at large.)

Apparently, few here saw the broadcast last week of the Met's smash new production. I promise you the acting was better than that in the films of LES MIZ or MAMMA MIA.

The idea that opera singers overact badly or can't act at all is out-of-date. Eric Owens at the Met is the best Porgy I have ever seen and I was watching him on film, 40' high!

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I read somewhere, Tom Hooper was the first choice to direct this!

 

Updated On: 2/14/20 at 12:48 AM
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I can't get interested in it, in part because I'm sure they will give him a cane and cut the goat cart, which is all wrong, but more so just because I think most filmed opera is terrible, apart from preservation of historic performances. Film as a medium and opera as an art form rarely go well together (Bergman's The Magic Flute being a happy exception, for me).

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joevitus said: "I can't get interested in it, in part because I'm sure they will give him a cane and cut the goat cart, which is all wrong, but more so just because I think most filmed opera is terrible, apart from preservation of historic performances. Film as a medium and opera as an art form rarely go well together (Bergman's The Magic Flute being a happy exception, for me)."

I agree for the most part; but check out Gotz Friedrich's films of Salome and Elektra if you like those operas, they work surprisingly well.

 


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