Sing Faster: The Stagehands' Ring Cycle

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Overview

Wagner's massive opera cycle Der Ring Des Nibelungen is examined from a fresh perspective in this documentary from director Jon Else -- from the point of view of the stagehands. The San Francisco Opera Company is performing the entire 17-hour "Ring" cycle over four nights, and a group of union stagehands ends up pulling a 85-hour week as they try to keep the show running smoothly. In between hauling scenery back and forth and making the special effects work, the crew members play cards, squabble among themselves ...
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Overview

Wagner's massive opera cycle Der Ring Des Nibelungen is examined from a fresh perspective in this documentary from director Jon Else -- from the point of view of the stagehands. The San Francisco Opera Company is performing the entire 17-hour "Ring" cycle over four nights, and a group of union stagehands ends up pulling a 85-hour week as they try to keep the show running smoothly. In between hauling scenery back and forth and making the special effects work, the crew members play cards, squabble among themselves and try to make sense of the opera's German-language story (as one member of the tech crew puts it, "Every time the gold changes hands, somebody ends up dead"). Sing Faster won honors in its premier showing at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival.
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Special Features

Filmmaker biography; Interactive menus; Scene selection
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/2004
  • UPC: 767685957332
  • Original Release: 1999
  • Rating:

  • Source: New Video Group
  • Time: 56:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 87,229

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Jon Else Director, Cinematographer, Producer, Screenwriter
Jay Boekelheide Editor
Michael Chin Cinematographer
David Davis Executive Producer
John Haptan Sound/Sound Designer
Deborah Hoffmann Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Introduction [2:36]
2. One Month Before Opening Night [6:17]
3. Rhinemaiden's Gold [4:43]
4. Super Giants Stage Left [6:35]
5. Killing Is Fairly Common [4:24]
6. Valhalla [7:34]
7. Two Generations Later [3:23]
8. Ready, Fog, Smoke [2:49]
9. Two Weeks Before Opening Night [6:17]
10. Brünnhilde [7:59]
11. Opening Night [1:44]
12. Credits [:41]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Scenes
   Extras
      About the Filmmaker
      About Docurama
         Credits
         DVD Catalog
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      Catalog/Trailers
         DVD Catalog
            The 11th of September
            Absolutely Positive
            A Decade Under the Influence
            Always a Bridesmaid
            American Nightmare
            The Atomic Café
            The Awful Truth: The Complete Series
            Baadasssss Cinema
            Be Good, Smile Pretty
            Bob Dylan: Don't Look Back
            The Brandon Teena Story
            Brother's Keeper
            Children Underground
            Crisis
            Dancing to New Orleans
            Death: A Love Story
            Fastpitch
            From Mao to Mozart
            Full Frame Documentary Shorts
            Genghis Blues
            Go Tigers!
               Play Trailer
            It Was a Wonderful Life
            John Lee Hooker
            Jupiter's Wife
            Keep the River On Your Right
            The Legend of Ron Jeremy
            Last Round
            Lost in La Mancha
            The Main Stream
            Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision
            Moon Over Broadway
            Murder On a Sunday Morning
            My Knees Were Jumping
            Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg: Speaking in Strings
            Naked States
            Off the Menu: Last Days of Chasen's
            On the Road With Duke Ellington
            Original Cast Album: Company
            Pandemic: Facing Aids
            Paradise Lost 2: Revelations
            Paul Taylor: Dancemaker
            Pie in the Sky: The Brigid Berlin Story
            Primary
            Radio Bikini
            Regret to Inform
            Roots of Rhythm
            Scared Straight!
            See How They Run
            Silverlake Life: The View From Here
            The Smashing Machine
               Play Trailer
            Smothered
            Sophie B. Hawkins: The Cream Will Rise
            Sound & Fury
            Southern Comfort
            The Sweetest Sound
            Todd McFarlane: The Devil You Know
            The True Meaning of Pictures
            William Gibson: No Maps for These Territories
            W.I.S.O.R.
            WTC: The First 24 Hours
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    SAVE YOUR MONEY!

    If you order this DVD (as I did), don't expect a humorous (or in any way insightful) capsule version of Wagner's RING! [For that, buy ANNA RUSSELL'S hilarious 25-minute condensed version on CD. It is true comic classic! Russell also performs her RING synopsis on her FAREWELL CONCERT DVD.] And don't expect to gain any insight into the difficulty of staging THE RING. This film is just 50-plus minutes of backstage "home movies" which has been released as a "documentary." At least half the film consists of stage-hands playing cards or watching TV during a dress rehearsal. Hilarious! Rent it on Netflix...but be advised: don't waste your money.

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