Sunday in the Park with George

Sunday in the Park with George

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Director: James Lapine

Cast: James Lapine, Mandy Patinkin, Bernadette Peters, Charles Kimbrough

     
 

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This disc records a performance of the Broadway musical Sunday in the Park With George. The disc offers a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed captions on this release. The disc contains an informative and entertaining commentary track recorded by show author StephenSee more details below

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This disc records a performance of the Broadway musical Sunday in the Park With George. The disc offers a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed captions on this release. The disc contains an informative and entertaining commentary track recorded by show author Stephen Sondheim, stage director James Lapine, and lead actors Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters. This is a superb disc for music theater enthusiasts.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
James Lapine's adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's award-winning 1984 musical is a rousing success. The innovative composer uses a somewhat apocryphal account of the life of 19th century French pointillist George Seurat (Mandy Patinkin) as a springboard for an exploration of the relationship of life and art. Sondheim, who has often been taken to task by critics for work deemed excessively cerebral for a Broadway musical, has chosen to flaunt that very quality here, as he celebrates the arduous process by which art is created. Seurat's passionate involvement with his mistress Dot (Bernadette Peters) is superseded by his even more intense obsession with his art, in particular the creation of the famed Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grand Jatte. In the show's most impressive song, "Finishing the Hat," the artist registers his disconnection from humanity, explaining the detachment he requires to paint. When the composer gives him a great-grandson, also an artist, who is redeemed by embracing humanity, Sondheim is at his least convincing. Mandy Patinkin is inspired in this extremely demanding role, and Peters radiates warmth in a brilliant performance. The imaginative lighting design of Richard Nelson, the costumes of Patricia Zipprodt, and the special effects of Bran Ferren blend in a stunning stream of images under the direction of the gifted James Lapine.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/23/1999
UPC:
0014381458626
Original Release:
1986
Rating:
NR
Source:
Image Entertainment
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
2:26:00
Sales rank:
4,019

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Index
1. Opening Credits/Prologue [2:20]
2. The Challenge [4:13]
3. Sunday in the Park With George [8:01]
4. No Life/ Une Baignade Asnieres [4:20]
5. Color and Light [8:50]
6. Gossip [8:01]
7. The Day Off [8:25]
8. The Boatman and George [1:25]
9. Everybody Loves Louis [3:17]
10. Delicious Pastires [4:40]
11. Finishing the Hat [5:27]
12. Understanding George [7:48]
13. We Do Not Belong Together [3:35]
14. Beautiful [9:51]
15. Sunday/Intermission [5:21]
16. Act II: It's Hot up Here [:26]
17. Chromolume #7 [8:33]
18. Sunday: Island of Light [9:09]
19. Putting It Together [1:02]
20. Children and Art [14:32]
21. Lesson #8 [8:17]
22. Move On [3:38]
23. Sunday [6:15]
24. Curtain Call/Credits [4:33]

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