La fanciulla del west

By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi A new edition of Giacomo Puccini’s ‘La fanciulla del West’ tributes the world of filmmaking, at the Milanese Teatro alla Scala. The three-act opera — based on the play ‘The Girl of the Golden West by the American author David Belasco —  tributes the fortitude of the miners who would cross  [ Read More ]

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  by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi Giuseppe Verdi’s dramma lirico opens Teatro alla Scala’s new season. Giovanna d’Arco returned to Milan’s opera house after 150 years, for “La Prima” on December 7th, feast day of Saint Ambrose, patron saint of the city. For the first time, Riccardo Chailly, principal conductor and successor to Daniel Barenboim, was  [ Read More ]

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by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi Teatro alla Scala concludes its operatic season with Alan Berg, who adapted into an opera the play Woyzeck by Georg Büchner. The production debuted in 1997 under the direction of maestro Giuseppe Sinopoli. In this occasion Ingo Metzmacher conducted the music through a representation that adopts the very same mise en  [ Read More ]

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CO2 at Teatro alla Scala

maggio - 17 - 2015
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 by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi Carbon dioxide delightfully intoxicates Teatro alla Scala with a new opera by Giorgio Battistelli, that talks about the future of the Earth. The libretto by Ian Burton tackles the worst case scenario related to one of the main environmental issues of our century: climate change. Staging is by Robert Carsen and  [ Read More ]

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Undisputed master of autofiction, the Italian film-maker bares all in My Mother (Mia Madre), an intimist feature film, nourished by the recent ordeals in his professional and family life. We had left Nanni Moretti in the shoes of a psychoanalyst under pressure, faced with a Pope shirking the weight of his election at the head  [ Read More ]

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Aida at La Scala

febbraio - 17 - 2015
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by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi We all are accustomed to the grandeur of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera, which takes place in the Egypt of the pharaohs. The story – about the enslaved Ethiopian princess, Aida, who becomes romantically entangled with the young warrior Radamès, who is betrothed to the Pharaoh’s daughter, Amneris – has conquered audiences through  [ Read More ]

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Party Girl © RR PARTY GIRL, a first film written and directed by Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis, has been chosen to open the Official Selection of Un Certain Regard.  It follows The Bling Ring by the American, Sofia Coppola, which was presented in 2013. Produced by Elzévir Films and distributed by Pyramide  [ Read More ]

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by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi If you thought you would be seeing a film related to Ernest Hemingway you couldn’t be further off track. Dom Hemingway (Jude Law) is a larger-than-life safecracker with a screw loose. The profane and nutty man, returns on the streets of London after twelve years in prison, to collect what he’s  [ Read More ]

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Grudge Match, the review

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by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi ‘Grudge Match’ is the macho-funny holiday flick that merges the all-time classics ‘Rocky’ and ‘Raging Bull,’ pairing up the aged and flabby Sylvester Stallone and Bob De Niro on the box ring. Two retired Pittsburgh boxers, Billy “The Kid” McDonnen (De Niro) and Henry “Razor” Sharp (Stallone), have an unsettled thirty  [ Read More ]

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by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ is the second instalment of a three-part film series based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s 1937 novel ‘The Hobbit,’ beginning with ‘An Unexpected Journey’ in 2012 and set to conclude with ‘There and Back Again’ in 2014. The epic fantasy adventure is co-written, produced and  [ Read More ]

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