Cinematique Presents: "Becoming Traviata"
The reinvention of Verdi's masterpiece, La Traviata, as sung by world-famous French coloratura soprano Natalie Dessay, is the subject of Philippe Béziat's thrilling new movie. A modern, minimalist, post-punk approach strips away the opulence and grandiosity associated with operatic productions. Concentrating on director Jean-François Sivadier's working relationship with Dessay, the film reveals how two great creative minds build the story of a doomed love affair. The stars rehearse in what look like yoga outfits, on a bare stage, with minimal props. Their passion, however, is for the ages. Music performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Louis Langrée. This film is a real treat for opera lovers, documentary lovers, and fans of the arts. (Unrated. 1 hr, 52 mins)
“Zeroing in on the art of rehearsal, Becoming Traviata is an exquisitely observed look at performance and the creative process. ” - L.A. Times