The Giacomo Variations: John Malkovich as Mozart's Casanova

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This performance of Giacomo's Variations stars none other than film actor John Malkovich as Mozart's Casonova, and features accompaniment from the Orchester Wiener Akademie playing on period instruments.
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This performance of Giacomo's Variations stars none other than film actor John Malkovich as Mozart's Casonova, and features accompaniment from the Orchester Wiener Akademie playing on period instruments.
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Special Features

Inside The Giacomo Variations (documentary and interviews)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/31/2011
  • UPC: 807280157093
  • Original Release: 2011
  • Source: Arthaus Musik
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Stereo
  • Sound: stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: Deutsche, Italiano
  • Time: 2:19:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 65,126

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Malkovich Giacomo
Ingeborga Dapkunaite Elisa/Giacomo III/Bellino/M.M./Herriette/Lucrezia
Florian Boesch Giacomo II/Conte/Graf Waldstein/Duca de Matalone/Count Br
Sophie Klußmann Cecile/Despina/Giacomo III/Elisa II/C.C./Sophie Waldstein
Technical Credits
Matthias Leutzendorff Director, Producer
Andreas Donhauser Costumes/Costume Designer
Martin Haselböck Musical Direction/Supervision
Renate Martin Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Giacomo Variations: John Malkovich as Mozart's Casanova
1. Act 1: Chapter 1: Overture (Symphony No. 38) [2:13]
2. Act 1: Chapter 1: "I Want a Woman!" [2:47]
3. Act 1: Chapter 2: Suicide [:43]
4. Act 1: Chapter 2: "Eccovi Il Medico" (Così Fan Tutte) [2:59]
5. Act 1: Chapter 3: "What the Hell Is Going on Here?" [5:46]
6. Act 1: Chapter 3: "Non So Più Cosa Son, Cosa Faccio" (Le Nozze Di Figaro) [2:47]
7. Act 1: Chapter 4 "Cosa Sento! Tosto Andate" (Le Nozze Di Figaro) [5:02]
8. Act 1: Chapter 4: "Your Excellency!" [5:05]
9. Act 1: Chapter 4: Sinfonia Concertante, K. 364 [:32]
10. Act 1: Chapter 4: "Neither Women Nor Men Could Avoid Loving You" [2:05]
11. Act 1: Chapter 5: "And So You Say" [4:04]
12. Act 1: Chapter 5: "Madamina, Il Catalogo È Questo" (Don Giovanni) [6:06]
13. Act 1: Chapter 5: "Ah, Scostati! ... Smanie Implacabili" (Così Fan Tutte) [3:14]
14. Act 1: Chapter 6: "Women!" [2:35]
15. Act 1: Chapter 6: "Ah Taci, Ingiusto Core" (Don Giovanni) [5:01]
16. Act 1: Chapter 7: "An Innocet Girl" [2:50]
17. Act 1: Chapter 7: "L'ho Perduta ... Me Meschina!" (Le Nozze Di Figaro) [1:48]
18. Act 1: Chapter 7: "Donne Mie, La Fate a Tanti" (Così Fan Tutte) [3:24]
19. Act 1: Chapter 7: "Looking at the Letters" [1:57]
20. Act 1: Chapter 8: "And I Shot You" [2:52]
21. Act 1: Chapter 8: Ecco La Marcia (Le Nozze Di Figaro) / "You Ill-Fated Counts and Marquises" / "Your Excellence Enjoys the Privilege" [5:25]
22. Act 2: Chapter 9: "Cinque ... Dieci ... Venti ..." (Le Nozze Di Figaro) [2:31]
23. Act 2: Chapter 9: "If You Don't Mind the Question" [2:18]
24. Act 2: Chapter 10: "Passeggiamo Anche Noi?" [5:44]
25. Act 2: Chapter 10: "Porgi, Amor" (Le Nozze Di Figaro) [3:26]
26. Act 2: Chapter 10: "I Never Promised Her Anything" [1:18]
27. Act 2: Chapter 11: "Finch'han Dal Vino" (Don Giovanni) [1:10]
28. Act 2: Chapter 11: "To Life" [3:11]
29. Act 2: Chapter 11: "Fate Presto, O Cari Amici" (Così Fan Tutte) [1:06]
30. Act 2: Chapter 11: "What Will My Mother Say, When She Sees You?" [:42]
31. Act 2: Chapter 11: "Ricognosci in Questo Amplesso" (Le Nozze Di Figaro) [3:31]
32. Act 2: Chapter 12: "Giacomo" [1:38]
33. Act 2: Chapter 12: Sinfonia Concertante, Part 2 "The Union of a Father" [2:06]
34. Act 2: Chapter 12: "Six Years Later" [1:47]
35. Act 2: Chapter 12: "Giunse Alfin" (Le Nozze Di Figaro) [4:18]
36. Act 2: Chapter 12: "Determined to Consummate the So-Called Crime" [1:36]
37. Act 2: Chapter 13: "I Entered Here, Monsieur, at a Bad Moment for You" [4:05]
38. Act 2: Chapter 13: "Soave Sia Il Vento" (Così Fan Tutte) [2:56]
39. Act 2: Chapter 13: "Cecile, in the Pocket of My Waistcoat" [4:05]
40. Act 2: Chapter 14: "What a Pathetic Sight" [3:50]
41. Act 2: Chapter 14: "Venite Pur Avanti" (Don Giovanni) [1:23]
42. Act 2: Chapter 14: "Let's Drink a Toast to Liberty!" [2:48]
43. Act 2: Chapter 14: "Giacomo" [3:15]
44. Act 2: Chapter 14: "Crudel! Perché Finora" (Le Nozze Di Figaro) [3:43]
45. Act 2: Chapter 14: "I Remember, When I Was Very Young" [1:46]
46. Act 2: Chapter 14: "Deh, Vieni Alla Finestra" (Don Giovanni) [2:45]
47. Credits [1:46]
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Disc #1 -- Giacomo Variations: John Malkovich as Mozart's Casanova
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  • Posted July 6, 2011

    Interesting concept; unusual theatre

    Giacomo Casanova (just "Casanova" has almost become an adjective of its own) was reputedly among the most shameless womanizers and personal egos of the late eighteenth century's Venice. He also had substantial financial, political and social connections. Mozart's three operas set to libretti by Lorenzo Da Ponte are generally considered his most "bawdy" built on themes of deception, adultery, mistaken identity, coverups and so forth. Certainly, "Cosi fan tutti", "The Marriage of Figaro" and "Don Giovanni" were all considered quite racy and almost unfit topics for opera by the aristocracy if not the common audience member of the time. This new play with opera - or is it vice versa? - "The Giacomo Variations" by German director, Michael Sturminger, takes a factual circumstance and turns it into a fascinating theatre experience. Casanova met Mozart and Da Ponte during a 1783 job trip to Venice and is also said to have attended the Prague premiere of "Don Giovanni" - a character that Casanova admits he related to! The premise of "The Giacomo Variations" is a fairly simple one - an aging Casanova is trying to solicit the help of the German poet, Elisa van der Recke, in publishing his memoirs. Along the way, Casanova's life and ideologies are played out - sometimes to a younger version of himself - through scenes from the three Mozart-Da Ponte operas. The theatre experience is very well done, the concept clever and the performances are generally very solid. The great John Malkovich has a propensity for the very unusual and he brings off Casanova convincingly; in this case an interesting blend of egotist, romantically insatiable but also a bit paranoid and unsure. The other leading parts are well done as well, especially Ingaborga Dapkunaite as Elisa (and in multiple operatic roles), as well as Florian Boesch and Sophie Klussmann in similar, multiple parts. The Orchestra Wiener Akademie under the direction of Martin Hasselbock is in fine form, playing on authentic instruments. Just from the standpoint of opera; even selections from Mozart's hits, this is not intended as a benchmark performance, although the singers do a fine job. The reason to see "The Giacomo Variations" is to enjoy the dry wit, the bland 'sleaziness' and the trademark wonderful expressions that John Malkovich brings to this - and every - performance. Along the way, you will hear and probably enjoy some of Mozart's best known scenes and arias along the common theme of what motivates people. I do think that fans of Malkovich and people who do know Mozart would enjoy this very unusual, but creative, theatre experience.

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