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Sing Faster: The Stagehands' Ring Cycle
     

Sing Faster: The Stagehands' Ring Cycle

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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

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/29/2004
UPC:
0767685957332
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
NR
Source:
New Video Group
Time:
0:56:00
Sales rank:
58,197

Special Features

Filmmaker biography; Interactive menus; Scene selection

Cast & Crew

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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