Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake details
|Starring:||Fiona Chadwick, Adam Cooper, Scott Ambler|
|Studio:||WARNER MUSIC VISION|
Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake
|Run time:||1 hour 57 minutes|
|Rental release:||Limited availability|
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Startling new dimensionBy Wyllie Longmore from Manchester, England. , 23 Aug 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]This is a film of Matthew Bourne's famous ballet. Little attempt is made to 'open it up', thank goodness and it remains a very theatrical piece. We get glimpses of the audience and frequently hear their applause. And at the end, we are very much in the theatre for the curtain calls. The central conceit of male swans, led by the admirable Adam Cooper, works extremely well and brings a startling new dimension to the familiar story. The dancing is superb and the development of the relationship between the two leads in particular is powerfully and movingly realised. And, unusual for a ballet, the acting of the dancers is uniformly good. The concept gets a bit strained sometimes: Matthew Bourne can't quite sustain it. The endless set piece dances, which in the original you accept as part of the formula of a classical ballet, here merely interrupt the narrative and don't always drive the story on. Some scenes are over-extended - the low-life club, for example, and I wasn't entirely convinced of the part both Queen Mother and Girlfriend played in the overall structure. The final effect, though, is of a witty and highly imaginative mind being brought to an over-familiar classic with wonderful results.
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Adam Cooper and Swan Lake (Mathew Bourne's choreography)By m_i_w (1 review) , 03 Oct 2012Its brilliant, sexy, fabulous!!! Adam Cooper is the one! Mathew Broderick is the most inventive and innovative choreographer ever. THANK YOU. Swan Lake 1996 roules
Turns the original inside outBy Kulturmonster (59 reviews) from Ipswich , 27 Apr 2012
[Highly rated reviewer]This is a compelling and original work that takes the themes of the original 'Swan Lake' which are far darker than we usually care to admit, and not so much subverts them as takes them apart and re-presents them to us.
It is far too easy to describe this as a study of all-male love, there is more to it than that and it shows the unpleasant side of homosexual obsession as well as the ideal. It deals with the conflict between the ideal 'pure' love which is unattainable in the real world, and the dangers of physical desire that leads too easily into violence and control.
Several scenes deliberately take on the cliches of ballet in general and turn them inside out, making this a very clever work indeed.
Curiously watchableBy a customer , 03 Oct 2011Im still a little on the fence about this one but if you can not see the real thing then it is a good way to see a classic ballet in the comfort of your own home!
what a fiascoBy a customer from london , 30 Jan 2011Telling a tragic story with sense of humor and wit is something Matthew Bourne should never dream of achieving, because he just can not do it.
This masterful Tchaikovsky piece is ripped to pieces, and is nothing more than a rip off of what Derek Jarman did brilliantly in Edward II more than 20 years ago. Taking a classic piece like Swan Lake, and trying to make it contemporary with funny choreography and silly costumes is pointless.
Bourne is only a mediocre stylist, and the only appeal to the audience is its homoerotic content.
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Disappointing film of fantastic balletBy a customer from Cardiff , 09 Jan 2011I love this ballet - live it was the best, most affecting performance I have ever seen. The film involves too many close ups and so you lose a lot - you are shown what the cameraman wants to show you - not the whole stage so you can see the wonderful ensemble coreography for yourself.