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    the plot of this opera is already a feminist nightmare that I tolerate just for the singing, so seeing a movie about it would do nothing for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BalalaikaBoy View Post
    the plot of this opera is already a feminist nightmare that I tolerate just for the singing, so seeing a movie about it would do nothing for me.
    I'm not sure many feminists would endorse Puccini's opera.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amfortas View Post
    I'm not sure many feminists would endorse Puccini's opera.
    that would require them to endorse something of quality, so that's hardly surprising (okay, I'll stop lmao)

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    Quote Originally Posted by amfortas View Post
    I'm not sure many feminists would endorse opera.
    Fixed it for you
    Last edited by BachIsBest; Sep-08-2021 at 05:21.

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    Turnadot started out as a tune on a music box that got turned into an opera and then into cinema. Many of Shakespeare plays started out as Italian stories/plays that Shakespeare used to make his plays which were then turned into operas.

    Baz Luhrmann didn't do too bad a job with Moulin Rouge, which is the story of La Bohème translated into cinema. It was an entertaining enough evening at the cinema, but I wouldn't rush to see it again. It's not a faithful translation, but certainly shows that opera can be adapted to cinema - much like plays and poems were adapted into operas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexD View Post
    Turnadot started out as a tune on a music box that got turned into an opera and then into cinema. Many of Shakespeare plays started out as Italian stories/plays that Shakespeare used to make his plays which were then turned into operas.

    Baz Luhrmann didn't do too bad a job with Moulin Rouge, which is the story of La Bohème translated into cinema. It was an entertaining enough evening at the cinema, but I wouldn't rush to see it again. It's not a faithful translation, but certainly shows that opera can be adapted to cinema - much like plays and poems were adapted into operas.
    I love Moulin Rouge, but I wouldn't say it was the story of La Boheme. It has elements of both La Traviata and La Boheme, to be sure, and it is well known that Baz Luhrmann has directed La Boheme on stage, but the movie is somewhat genre defyng, with its fusion of pop and dance. I think it's a great movie, but not everybody got it. It's now been made into a stage musical, but I'd say it owes less to La Boheme than Miss Saigon does to Madama Butterfly.
    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    The whole story is lifted from La Boheme.

    A poor artist who lives in Paris falls in loves with a socialite (who hangs around with the a bunch of Parisian bohemians) who is slowly dying of tuberculosis.

    They took the opera of La Boheme and adapted it for the cinema - much in the same way Baz Lurhmann turned Romeo & Juliet into a supercharged Romeo + Juliet.

    It's not the opera, but it is the La Boheme translated/adapted for the cinema.

    I "got" it, but felt it was flawed in the execution.

    I don't think it was awful (apart from Ewan McGregor) - it's just something I saw once and didn't rate as an absolute classic. But then, I don't think I was the target audience.

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    Our recognisable story, though Orphean in shape, is derived from Camille, La Boheme - whether you know those texts or not, you recognise those patterns and character types.
    Baz Luhrmann

    https://web.archive.org/web/20140509.../2001/sep/07/1

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