Tristan and Isolde | USsPost.com
February 11, 2010 by Post Team
Tristan and Isolde | USsPost.com:I have to admit that I do not remember much about this story from my school class, but I enjoyed this director’s work in other films, so I took a chance. The story is well told, paced well, and full of thought provoking moments. I found the leads, particularly Sophie Myles, who plays Isolde, to be mesmerizing in their roles. The supporting cast is also terrific. I know this won’t be for everyone, but it’s also not strictly a chick flick. There’s plenty of war scenes, adventure, action, etc. to keep those action fans happy, and yet there’s a lot of good love stories, and not just between the two leads as you might expect.
What a lovely film!
Actually Tristan und Isolde (Tristan and Isolde, or Tristan and Isolde) is an opera, or music drama, in three acts by Richard Wagner to a German libretto by the composer, based largely on the romance by Gottfried von Straßburg. It was composed between 1856 and 1859 and premiered in Munich on 10 June 1865 with Hans von Bülow conducting.
Wagner’s composition of Tristan und Isolde was inspired by his affair with Mathilde Wesendonck and the philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer. Widely acknowledged as one of the peaks of the operatic repertory, Tristan was notable for Wagner’s advanced use of chromaticism, tonality, orchestral colour and harmonic suspension.
Following hot on the heels of Christian Thielemann’s Ring – released, unusually for Opus Arte, on CD – the company is back in its usual medium for this Tristan und Isolde. Again from Bayreuth, the performance has appeared on DVD with unusual speed, but enters a catalogue already well stocked with filmed versions of Wagner’s great opus metaph
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