Saturday, September 12, 2015

1963 - HERZOG BLAUBARTS BURG - a return to form for Michael Powell

After the disaster that was The Queen's Guards, a career low point for director Michael Powell.  Powell's production designer Hein Heckroth arranged for Powell to collaborate with the opera singer Norman Foster who was producing a Bartok opera called Herzog Blaubarts Burg.  Powell's film version of this opera shows that he still knew how to pull together a film that could have been an unwatchable experience especially when it comes to opera on film.

Powell and Heckroth combined color and almost abstract sets for a fascinating film mixing music and visual images.  This short film is well worth a look.

60 minutes.

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