The Death of Klinghoffer

The Death of Klinghoffer

Director: Penny Woolcock Cast: Sanford Sylvan, Christopher Maltman, Yvonne Howard

DVD (Wide Screen)

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Product Details

Release Date: 11/11/2003
UPC: 0044007418994
Original Release: 2002
Source: Philips
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:59:00
Sales rank: 71,627

Special Features

Filming "The Death of Klinghoffer" (47 mins), an in-depth insight into the conception of the film, including exclusive interview footage with John Adams and Penny Woolcock; Director's commentary: Penny Woolcock, with Yvonne Howard, Christopher Maltman and Tom Randle

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sanford Sylvan Leon Klinghoffer
Christopher Maltman Captain
Yvonne Howard Actor
Tom Randle Actor
Kamel Boutros Mamoud
Vivian Tierney Actor
Leigh Melrose Actor
Emil Marwa Actor
Susan Bickley Actor
Dean Robinson Actor
Kirsten Blase Actor
Nuala Willis Actor

Technical Credits
Penny Woolcock Director,Screenwriter
Claire Anderson Costumes/Costume Designer
Madonna Baptiste Producer
John Ellis Production Designer
Tim Handley Sound/Sound Designer
Mike Hatch Sound/Sound Designer
John Adams Score Composer
John Berry Casting
Clarence Jones Makeup
Clare Jones Makeup
Nadira Seecoomar Casting
Graham Smith Cinematographer
Brand Thumim Editor
Jan Youngshusband Executive Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Commissioning the Film [2:55]
2. From Libretto to Screenplay [5:35]
3. Making Cuts [3:05]
4. The Budget [:59]
5. Rehearsals, Sept. 11, 2001 [3:22]
6. Locations [1:56]
7. Singing Live on Location [8:07]
8. Singing for John Adams [4:19]
9. Setting of Text [4:36]
10. Omar [3:41]
11. Opera Singers Acting [3:17]
12. Editing Opera [1:40]
13. Contemporary Opera [2:17]
14. Closing Credits [:19]

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The Death of Klinghoffer 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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John Adams did not intend his opera 'The Death of Klinghoffer' to be an action oriented story. He worked closely with Alice Goodman to combine her libretto with his own sensitive text painting to create a drama based on the character's minds and motivations, not on their actions. The opera's slow pacing is perfect for the audience to contemplate the deep ramifications of what is being sung on stage. The film version retains very little of the original character, but it remains an effective adaptation. In the filmed version, Penny Woolcock focuses on relaying the event of the libretto over top of John Adam's music. By including character development during the choral pieces and relaying action during arias, she is able to communicate much more than what Adams originally intended. Is this a good thing? It all depends on what you are looking for. If you are looking for an uncut, 'authorized', version of the staged opera, you will probably be disappointed in this film. There are some strategic cuts (a couple of choruses most notably), and as discussed before, the drama is now more focused on the action than on character. I believe this film is a wonderful way to enjoy this opera though. The montage sequences add even more depth to the central struggle of Jew vs. Palestine at the core of the opera. The live performances give the characters and their arias a great deal of intensity that is lost in the more static world of the staged opera. Also, the cinematography is beautiful. The result is not quite an opera, and not quite a film. What is left is a valuable interpretation of Adams' opera.