Thursday, June 15, 2017

Cinema Cycle - Otello


CINEMA CYCLE
(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)

Verdi: Otello: Vickers/Freni/Glossop/Malagu: Berliner Philharmoniker: Karajan
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DATE REVIEWED: 06/14/2017

TITLE: Otello

FORMAT: Laserdisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 2 hours 24 Minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 33 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 6907.4 miles

SYNOPSIS: A Moorish King is tricked into killing his wife for alleged infidelity.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: High emotional drama backed up by a swelling score and expert staging.

PROS AND CONS:  One of my goals has been to experience more of the classical music in my media collection.  Today the Random Media Generator granted that wish with an opera by Giuseppe Verdi, conducted and directed by Herbert Von Karajan.

I was not familiar with the work but quickly became wrapped up in the story and the music.  This is not an opera from the perspective of an audience, but from the perspective of a cinema director.

The film is engrossing and sweeps you along quickly with rousing music and elaborate staging.  The work is slow and emotional, but that was the style of opera at the turn of the last century.  After watching this, I am eager to see more, especially produced and directed in this context.  


To read an overview of this project, check out this status posting.  

This film is a part of my LaserDisc Collection.

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film. 

This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle.  A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on Strava.com.