PELLÉAS AND MÉLISANDE

By Philippe BÉZIAT

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Documentary - Completed 2008


    • Year of production
    • 2008
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • FRANCE
    • Languages
    • FRENCH
    • Duration
    • 100 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Philippe BÉZIAT
    • Synopsis
    • The opera, Pelléas et Mélisande, first performed in Paris in 1902, had never been staged in Russia. In June 2007, director Olivier Py and conductor Marc Minkowski produced Claude Debussy’s opera in Moscow for the first time, with a Franco-Russian cast.
      To spectators unfamiliar with Pelléas et Mélisande, Debussy, or even opera, we wanted to create a sensory, imaginary space that they could make their own, without partiality or preconceived notions. “We never see but the reverse side of fate, even of our own,” the old King Arkel sings. On screen, the shimmering world of the theatre becomes an allegorical cave of the world, peopled with Claude Debussy, Maurice Maeterlinck, Olivier Py, Marc Minkowski, as well as young Russian singers, technicians, extras, an entire brotherhood of beings who are “mysterious like everyone.
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