April 29, 1987 |
The program listed the opera's premiere as taking place April 27, 1987, in Paris, and in some ways it seemed like a premiere when the Opera Company of Philadelphia staged Gounod's Romeo et Juliette Monday night at the Academy of Music. The curious error, however, was more symptomatic of the unsettled nature of this final production of the season, for the opera was a late-season choice (replacing the previously announced Mefistofele), and its casting had gone through even later substitutions.
May 2, 1994 |
What do we expect of singing lovers? Say, for instance, opera's Romeo and Juliet? Ardor, certainly. Sensitivity, hopefully. And phrasing to mirror the shyness and the ecstasy of adolescent pillow talk. When Gounod gave the young lovers four duets in his opera modeled after Shakespeare, the number was unprecedented. Four tenor-soprano duos is still a lot of love music, as listeners were reminded at the Opera Company of Philadelphia's production of Romeo et Juliette, which opened Friday at the Academy of Music.
December 14, 2007 |
This time last year, the Metropolitan Opera's foray into high-def simulcasts in movie theaters across the country was a quixotic experiment. Now, the second simulcast season, opening tomorrow with an all-star performance of Gounod's Romeo et Juliette, feels like an institution - with Washington Opera, La Scala and no doubt others catching on to the idea. Despite reports of considerable technical glitches in venues (and some customer-care deficits in local theaters), tickets are sought heatedly in advance, and even one of the larger venues, Philadelphia's Riverview Cinema, was almost sold out days before tomorrow's Romeo.
April 30, 1998 |
In Who the Hell Is Juliette?, his freewheeling, defiantly unconventional hodgepodge of fact and fiction, Carlos Marcovich poses a tantalizing question and offers an answer that's both provocative and enigmatic. Moviegoers who enjoy seeing the rules broken will savor this entertaining oddity from the Argentine-born, Mexico-based filmmaker. In his examination of the lives of two real women, Marcovich doesn't so much blur the line between fact and fiction as ignore it completely. Juliette is a confused Havana teenager from a very broken home.
January 24, 1986 |
Hector Berlioz's Romeo et Juliette demanded a new adjective when it was written. Not an opera, or a musical adaptation, it has lived under the uncomfortably inexact term of dramatic symphony. Interpretation of the work has been almost as uncomfortably managed, for as soon as Berlioz had created a work for chorus, soloists and orchestra that suggested opera, he handed the dramatic force and characterization of the music to the orchestra. The work had not been a frequent choice for Philadelphia Orchestra concerts until Riccardo Muti revived it three seasons ago. Then, with time to absorb its possibilities still further - and to add an important voice for Juliet - the music director brought it back this week for concerts at the Academy of Music.
January 22, 1995 |
We hope we are on the road to Juliette, Ga. We have starved ourselves since last night, and we're set to dine on some good old fried green tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. You'd think there would be tons of signs - "This Exit!" "Don't Miss It!" "Made Famous by the Movie!" Nothing. We had better not be disappointed. Surely that woman in Macon wasn't pulling our leg? She was the one who told us this was the road to Juliette, the tiny town deep in the heart of Dixie that played host to stars and crews filming the hit movie Fried Green Tomatoes.
December 22, 1990 |
Coline Serreau, the French writer-director of Romuald and Juliette, has yet to release her first English-language film, but already she's had a big impact on moviegoing in America. The hit Three Men and a Baby was adapted from her 1985 comedy Trois Hommes et un Couffin (Three Men and a Cradle), and it in turn spawned this season's insipid sequel, Three Men and a Little Lady. Both the Americanization and its spinoff came from Disney's Touchstone imprimatur. Now Disney's Hollywood Pictures is retooling Romuald and Juliette (given a limited release this spring under the unwieldy title Mama, There's a Man in Your Bed)
June 3, 2008 |
Though the title of People's Light and Theatre's I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady From Rwanda is unwieldy, Sonja Linden's 2003 work is compact. Written for two people, a white man and black woman, the play straddles three countries, a genocide, and 100 years of history by focusing - to its detriment - mostly on the present. Juliette (Miriam Hyman) is a Tutsi survivor of the genocide perpetrated by her Hutu neighbors, while Briton Simon (David Ingram)
November 14, 2008 |
In I've Loved You So Long, Kristin Scott Thomas gives a performance that is so chilling, so braced in pain that it's almost impossible to bear. Almost impossible, because, in fact, it's impossible not to behold this riveting piece of role immersion in a story that's sad, stark and redemptive. Written and directed by French novelist Philippe Claudel, I've Loved You So Long (Il y a longtemps que je t'aime) offers up the portrait of Juliette (Scott Thomas), a middle-aged woman returning into society after a long stretch in prison.
September 24, 2010 |
Slick entertainment is rarely as, yes, slickly entertaining as it is in "Heartbreaker," a French romantic farce that is commercial cinema at its most successful. Given that Hollywood has all but forgotten how to turn out adult amusements of this type, it's especially welcome. A major box-office hit in France, "Heartbreaker" took a certain risk in featuring two major dramatic stars, Romain Duris and Vanessa Paradis, who'd never done romantic comedy before. You'd never know that from what's on screen, however, as both performers throw themselves into the parts with enthusiasm and panache.