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Posted October 1, 2010
Werner Herzog is renowned for his work with and about real life eccentrics: Dieter Dengler ("Little Dieter Needs to Fly"), Klaus Kinski ("My Best Fiend"), Timothy Treadwell ("Grizzly Man") - and now Italian nobleman and Renaissance composer Carlo Gesualdo, in "Gesualdo: Death for Five Voices". This 60-minute film has many of the hallmarks of a Herzog documentary, the most noticeable being the blurred line between reality and fantasy. Herzog takes us from Gesualdo's ruined castle in the Italian town of Gesualdo, to Naples, where Gesualdo brutally murdered his first wife and her lover, intercut with magnificent performances by the Gesualdo Consort of London. Many of the narrative scenes were staged by Herzog (with him providing the English audio commentary), adding storyline (and oftimes humour) where there otherwise might have been none. Gesualdo's life and musical legacy are controversial, but his talent is undeniable. For lovers of Herzog's work and Renaissance madrigals, this is not to be missed. If you are only a fan of one of these, you'll probably still enjoy this film. But if you like neither - well, perhaps you could make a gift of this to someone who does, because it's truly a unique and intriguing work.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.