I was only eleven when I first saw this film in Regal Cinema in Bombay and the film left a spell on me. I could not forget the mesmerising beauty of Genevieve Bujold who plays Anne Boleyn and the majestic performance of Richard Burton who plays Henry VIII. The film is another version of `A Man for All Seasons' but it concentrates more on the King and Anne than on Sir Thomas More, the Chancellor of the Realm. Excellent Music by Georges Dolorue.
What a trilogy to look forward to!... It has been fifteen years since the drama started with the Fellowship of the Ring and there is still one more to be completed in the Hobbit Tale ...
This is a visual spectacle which is not easy to beat; and the same can be said about the other four mighty creations by Jackson on the Tolkien sagas of the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit.
I have always wanted to hear Colin Davis perform a wagner opera. I definitely did not look forward to anyone interpreting Der Ring Des Nibelungen trilogy because, try as anyone might, they will be insipid when compared with Solti. Tannhauser is one opera I wanted to try out Colin Davis and I was not disappointed. It was electrifying from the very first strains of the overture. Colin Davis has the definitive performance on record for Berlioz's Les Troyens and for Mozart's Die Zauberflote. No conductor has done a better job than him on these two operas. This is the Paris Version which was revised fifteen years after the Dresden original. The Venusberg music is soul stirring. Davis is superb in his reading. My personal favourite is Zubin Mehta and the Munchen Oper. When I saw it on the DVD, the Venusberg scenes look supernatural. The singers have also done a great job. Spas Wenkoff has done admirably as Tannhauser. He is dramatic and also has a good voice. Bernd Weikl is also an excellent Wolfram. Gwyneth Jones is the scene stealer as both Elizabeth and Venus. She looks like an accomplished film actress when going through her parts. After Zubin Mehta, this may be the Tannhauser to listen to.