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Meeting Venus (1991)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | December 1991 (USA)
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A deliciously biting satire about both the world of Grand Opera and United Europe. A Hungarian conductor (Arestrup) attempts to mount a bold new production of Richard Wagner's "Tannhäuser" ... See full summary »

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István Szabó
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenn Close ... Karin Anderson
Niels Arestrup ... Zoltan Szanto
Kiri Te Kanawa Kiri Te Kanawa ... Elisabeth (Tannhäuser highlights performed by) (voice)
René Kollo René Kollo ... Tannhäuser (Tannhäuser highlights performed by) (voice)
Håkan Hagegård Håkan Hagegård ... Wolfram von Eschenbach (Tannhäuser highlights performed by) (voice)
Waltraud Meier Waltraud Meier ... Venus (Tannhäuser highlights performed by) (voice)
Renate Spingler Renate Spingler ... A young shepherd (Tannhäuser highlights perfomed by) (voice)
Matthias Hölle Matthias Hölle ... The Landgrave (Tannhäuser highlights performed by) (voice)
Kim Begley Kim Begley ... Walther von der Vogelweide (Tannhäuser highlights performed by) (voice)
Robin Leggate Robin Leggate ... Heinrich der Schreiber (Tannhäuser highlights performed by) (voice)
Rodney Macann Rodney Macann ... Biterolf (Tannhäuser highlights performed by) (voice)
Roderick Earle Roderick Earle ... Reinmar von Zweter (Tannhäuser highlights performed by) (voice)
Marián Labuda ... Von Schneider
Maïté Nahyr Maïté Nahyr ... Maria Krawiecki
Victor Poletti Victor Poletti ... Stefano Del Sarto
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A deliciously biting satire about both the world of Grand Opera and United Europe. A Hungarian conductor (Arestrup) attempts to mount a bold new production of Richard Wagner's "Tannhäuser" while navigating the snares and pitfalls of artistic egos, rampant nationalism, internal company and union politics, and precarious funding. Written by Dawn M. Barclift

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diva | nationalism | opera | gay | passport | See All (14) »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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PG-13 | See all certifications »
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UK | Japan | USA | Hungary

Language:

English | Hungarian | French | German

Release Date:

December 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cita con Venus See more »

Filming Locations:

Hungary See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$65,715, 15 November 1991, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,000,348
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Dolby

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Kiri Te Kanawa dubs for the singing voice of Glenn Close. See more »


Soundtracks

Du bis wie eine Blume
(from song cycle "Myrthen, op. 25")
Music by Robert Schumann
Text by Heinrich Heine
Performed by Kiri Te Kanawa soprano, Roger Vignoles piano
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A Classy Movie
28 December 2014 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The Hungarian conductor Zoltan Szanto (Niels Arestrup) is invited to conduct Tannhäuser by Richard Wagner in Paris. Szanto has to face problems with the ego of the artists, strikes and his family since he falls in lover with the diva Karin Anderson (Glenn Close). But in the end, his love for Karin and passion for Wagner bring redemption to him.

One movie that I regret that has not been released on DVD or Blu-Ray in Brazil is "Meeting Vênus", of 1991 from the critically acclaimed Hungarian director István Szabó and with Glenn Close in the top of her career in the role of a problematic diva.

Using the staging of opera "Tannhäuser" by Richard Wagner in Paris as background, this wonderful feature is a satire of the unification of Europe that was happening in that historical moment through the ego of the musicians from different countries in the orchestra where the character of Glenn Close is the lead attraction.

Just as information, Vênus is the mundane woman or goddess that the troubadour Tannhäuser has sex in the medieval legend that the opera is based.

The mime of Glenn Close, dubbed by Kiri Te Kanawa, is perfect and the climax of this movie is the entrance of the artists singing Pilgrims Chant in the opera house and Szanto's stick blossoming. I have seen this scene several times on my VHS that I have seen at least four times. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil) : "Encontro com Vênus" ("Meeting Venus")


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