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1980 Sweeney Todd Documentary

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1980 Sweeney Todd Documentary#1
Posted: 1/10/08 at 10:54am
This is a GREAT documentary on the mounting of the original London Production of Sweeney Todd.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WyVSaXbPYY&feature=related


I remember "pre-internet" days having to go to the Museum of Broadcasting to see this... and now kiddies.. you can watch it a home in your pajamas! I love technology!

Enjoy!
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re: 1980 Sweeney Todd Documentary#2
Posted: 1/10/08 at 11:30am
Wow. Thanks so much for posting this, BFB! I can't wait to watch the whole thing.

I just took a "gander" at the beginning, and damn, when that chorus came in on the Ballad, I have NO QUALMS in saying what a mistake it was to cut that from the film.

It raises the proceedings to near Biblical proportions, instead of being a small story about some guy who kills people.

Wow, I'm almost ANGRY at Burton now.

I will try to enjoy this without thinking about the film's flaws, which are growing on me unfortunately, not diminishing.
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re: 1980 Sweeney Todd Documentary#2
Posted: 1/10/08 at 1:52pm
Wow! Thanks so much for the links!

It bothered me in the first episode that they were showing all of that stuff right before rehearsal, but the second they started singing, the announcers voice comes in and covers them up. He could have done that in all of the "pre-rehearsal" shots.


But I love it!
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re: 1980 Sweeney Todd Documentary#3
Posted: 1/10/08 at 3:32pm
Did anyone else notice that Hugh Wheeler didn't get a credit at the beggining???
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re: 1980 Sweeney Todd Documentary#4
Posted: 1/10/08 at 7:55pm
Thank you! I never knew this existed!
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re: 1980 Sweeney Todd Documentary#5
Posted: 1/10/08 at 8:24pm
I remember watching this at SS's house right after it aired. I'll always remember Hal giving the "more is more" speech...

Too bad the London production was a huge flop!
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re: 1980 Sweeney Todd Documentary#6
Posted: 1/10/08 at 8:44pm
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re: 1980 Sweeney Todd Documentary#7
Posted: 1/10/08 at 9:04pm
Best12, if you watch part 3, even Steve says he hates those "peasant on the green" numbers; where everyone in the chorus has to sing the same thing.

Steve and Tim both hate choral numbers that don't have different points of view being sung at the same time.

Tim made his decision that there would be no choral singing in the film. Considering that, he still was faithful to the intent of the original piece.

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re: 1980 Sweeney Todd Documentary#8
Posted: 1/11/08 at 8:40am
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re: 1980 Sweeney Todd Documentary#9
Posted: 1/11/08 at 4:36pm
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re: 1980 Sweeney Todd Documentary#10
Posted: 1/11/08 at 4:41pm
The problem with the film is what Hal mentions early on -- that the story is ultimately about class struggle, etc. It has a larger social context that the stage show gets, but the film ignores.
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re: 1980 Sweeney Todd Documentary#11
Posted: 1/11/08 at 4:42pm
I didn't know you need to be wearing pajamas to look at the Internet.
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re: 1980 Sweeney Todd Documentary#12
Posted: 1/11/08 at 8:59pm
Ha, I did watch this at the Museum of TV and Radio.

Great documentary though, I learned a lot. Highly recommend it. Provided some pieces of info I used in my "analyzing Sweeney" thread.
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re: 1980 Sweeney Todd Documentary#13
Posted: 1/12/08 at 11:33am
Just finished watching it this morning. It is so great watching/listening to Sondheim describing every intricate part of his music. If I am not mistaken, the clips seen of him describing the music for Sweeney in Broadway: The American Musical were taken from this documentary. I also found it interesting that the actor playing Pirelli was upset that there were going to be changes to the part in London and how he said he saw it in the states and that is the part he auditioned for. It was also nice to see a bit of Hal Prince in action. I would love to get my hands on a good copy of this. Thanks for posting it Blonde. It made my Saturday morning!
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