Notes and Editorial Reviews
Written in 1954, Benjamin Britten's opera based on Henry James' tale, written in 1898, is a story with a sinister undertone. In this film of the opera we return to the late 19th Century setting of the original story, Fulbeck Hall in Lincolnshire. The ghostly atmosphere of the music is perfectly re-created by clever lighting techniques and faded colours of the costumes.
Visual inspiration is from the photographic work of Julia Margaret Cameron, Munch, Strindberg and the early Spiritualists. The result is a world where the boundaries between the living and the dead are chillingly blurred.
Region code: All regions; picture format: 16:9 Anamorphic; sound format: Dolby Stereo, Dolby Surround; menu languages: English; Subtitle languages: English, French, German, Spanish.
"Richard Hickox once more proves his affinity with Britten. He commands every aspect of the tricky score and an understanding of its wondrous detail, lovingly executed by members of his City of London Sinfonia..A splendid cast has been assembled... All in all, this is the version to have." - GRAMOPHONE