Alegria

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Alegria's special features include the theatrical trailer, a "Making Alegria" featurette with comments by the director, two song-length "music montage" video featurettes, an additional music video, and two extended musical performances. Also included is an audio commentary narrated by the director. Technical features consist of Dolby Digital 2.0 and 5.1 audio selections, single layering, and a widescreen letterbox 1.85:1 theatrical aspect ratio. The picture looks dim even in daylight scenes, and shadows tend to ...
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Overview

Alegria's special features include the theatrical trailer, a "Making Alegria" featurette with comments by the director, two song-length "music montage" video featurettes, an additional music video, and two extended musical performances. Also included is an audio commentary narrated by the director. Technical features consist of Dolby Digital 2.0 and 5.1 audio selections, single layering, and a widescreen letterbox 1.85:1 theatrical aspect ratio. The picture looks dim even in daylight scenes, and shadows tend to be blue throughout the film. Sound quality is crisp but not particularly resonant. The DVD case's cardboard cover contains a chapter index.
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Special Features

Audio commentary by director Franco Dragone; Making of "Alegria" featurette; Music video: "Love Leaves Someone Behind" by Irene Marc; Music montages: "A Child in His Eyes, Let Them Live"; Extended performance footage of the "Hoops" and "Cube Act" sequences; Trailer
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/14/2000
  • UPC: 014381687422
  • Original Release: 1999
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  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Stereo
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rene Bazinet Frac
Frank Langella Fleur
Julie Cox Giulietta
Heathcote Williams Marcello
Clipper Miano Momo
Cirque du Soleil
Brian Dewhurst Old Taps
Jade Fafieanie Little Box
Whoopi Goldberg Baby Clown
Technical Credits
Franco Dragone Director
Rudy Barichello Co-producer, Screenwriter
Jean-Francois Bergeron Editor
Michelangelo Bolla Asst. Director
Johnny Bolvin Art Director
Hans De Weers Producer
Helene Dufresne Executive Producer
Alexandre Heylen Producer
Simone Ireland Casting
Benoit Jutras Score Composer
Claude Kazanavicius Sound/Sound Designer
Yves Langlois Editor
Dominique Lemieux Costumes/Costume Designer
Pierre Mignot Cinematographer
Vanessa Pereira Casting
St├ęphane Reichel Producer
Ben Van Os Production Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Index
1. Main Title; The Cauldron [8:52]
2. A Close Encounter [5:23]
3. Swimming with the Sharks [3:55]
4. The Cafe Opera [2:40]
5. "The Time Has Come" [8:17]
6. Captive Hearts [12:22]
7. Clowing Around [14:42]
8. "Do the Show" [8:20]
9. Broken Hearts [3:22]
10. A Born Hero [8:52]
11. Stepping into the Light [11:37]
12. End Credits [4:49]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Start The Feature
   Special Features
      Trailer
      Featurette "Making Alegria"
      Music Montage: "A Child In His Eyes"
      Music Montage: "Let Them Live"
      Music Video: "Love Leaves Someone Behide: By Irene Marc|}|
      "Hoops": Extended Performance
      "Cube Act": Extended Performance
   Audio Commentary By Director Franco Dragone
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Power of Cirque in a Movie

    First of all, the film version of Alegria is not meant to be a spin-off of the live show- if you're looking for that material, buy the live in Sydney dvd/vhs. ;o) What the movie does is take the essence of Cirque, and the themes behind many of their live shows, and put these elements into the form of a fable, told by a circus performer. The title bears the same name as one of Cirque's live shows because it was inspired by the live show (the live show and the movie both carry the same ultimate theme of joy, which is what 'alegria' means). Through the events of the narrator's past, the viewer is shown how despair can often lead to utter joy, and how moving through pain can cause remarkable things to happen. This movie is a comfort to anyone who understands the pain of this world, and has the courage and the will to find beauty in life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ''Alegria'' is a wonderful find for any Cirque fan

    Alegria, directed by Cirque du Soleil show director Franco Dragone, is a great collector's item with lots of exciting pieces to it. This Alegria isn't a documentation of the live show, but a live action film with actors and actresses telling a story. However, don't let that fool you. All the great costumes, pieces of the acts, and the mesmerizing music are included in this movie. Some of the acts you will see are the Russian Bars, the Cube Act, the Contortionists, the Double Trapeze, and the Hoops act. Both the Hoops and the Cube Acts can be seen in their entirety on the DVD. That option is listed under the special features section. So, in conclusion, Alegria is a wonderful Cirque thing to have, and the story told is beautiful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Look beyond the Cirque curtain

    Perhaps it's not what the movie shows that counts, but the message that it's trying to bring across. In Alegria, The Movie, Director Franco Dragone presents us with 90 minutes of storytelling, an hour of which remind us why we love Cirque in the first place. Sure, it may not be as dazzling or magical as the live show, but it makes an excellent sequel - especially to anyone enchanted by the real thing. Not very often do we see a movie, that presents, messages so honest and powerful. Not very often do we see a story focused around a theme so simple, yet creates an entire world so challenging from our own. Like the show it forever shares its name with, it is an anthem, probably not too clear at first glance, but accompanied with a lot of good music anyway.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Costumes the Only Tie to the Live Show

    If you saw and loved the live performance of Alegria and were hoping for a video memento of the show, you will not find it in this video. You will see many of the costumes and will hear some of the music from the show. But of the the many spectacular acts in the live show, only a few are very briefly sampled in this movie. And the editor has cut in and out of them so that they lose all impact. Two acts are presented at length in the appendix, but even these do not produce the expected excitement. To have titled this movie ''Alegria'' was an act of deceptive merchandizing. It is a mildly entertaining fable, but it has none of the thrills and chills of a Cirque du Soleil show.

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