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CAST: Sanford Sylvan, Christopher Maltman, Yvonne Howard, Tom Randle, Kamel Boutros, Leigh Boutros, Emil Marwa. London Symphony Orchestra; Conductor: John Adams; Libretto: Alice Goodman; Director: Penny Woolcock; Producer: Madonna Baptiste; Executive Producer: Jan Younghusband.
The original and deeply moving film adaptation of John Adam's critically acclaimed opera The Death of Klinghoffer by Award Winning filmmaker Penny Woolcock. The synopsis of the opera deals with the hijacking of the Achile Lauro, the Mediterranean cruise-ship, by Palestinian terrorists in 1985. The tragedy culminated in the murder of a wheelchair-bound Jewish American passenger, Leon Klinghoffer. Adam’s controversial but highly acclaimed opera plays out against the turbulent emotions and violence that are as ancient as a biblical text and as contemporary as today’s headlines.
Award winning British filmmaker Penny Woolcock, working with John Adams, has ingeniously reworked the original opera, using the techniques afforded by film to imbue the narrative with realism. While shooting the main action entirely on location in the Mediterranean, Penny Woolcock has also used actual and recreated archive footage to tell the broader story of the characters before and after the hijacking.
The Death of Klinghoffer DVD contains special features which include "Filming ‘The Death of Klinghoffer" (47 minutes) & a "Directors Commentary" (the first opera DVD to include this feature!) "Filming ‘The Death of Klinghoffer" gives an in depth look into the conception of this film including exclusive interview footage with John Adams and Penny Woolcock. The "Directors Commentary" offers an enthralling journey into the making of this film, with valuable contributions from Yvonne Howard (Mrs. Klinghoffer), Christopher Maltman (Captain) & Tom Randle (the leader of the highjackers).
SUBTITLES: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish subtitles
SOUND: 5.1 surround