Porgy and Bess

Porgy and Bess

DVD - 2001
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A Negro opera about a girl in Catfish Row who falls in love with a crippled beggar.
Publisher: [United States] : EMI Classics, c2001
Branch Call Number: POR
Characteristics: 1 DVD (184 min.)
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Alternative Title: Gershwin's Porgy and Bess


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Jun 20, 2016

OKAY film version of the opera. There are lots of fine qualities to the filming, but there was too much disconnect between the opera soundtrack singing and the mouthed parts of the actors, even all the recitatives (for me) - only made it through Act 1.
Perhaps I should be looking for (currently no copy at KCLS) the 1959 Otto Preminger film.

Sep 20, 2015

It's a fair version of Porgy&Bess, but has a lot of troubles. First is something that no colored person could address...as no colored person under 30 would get the story, or understand the story, because West Coast Black people would not be able to understand the dialect. As well as the fact that the amount of readers that are people of color are negligent in terms of understanding what happened in the Souf Eas when this Gershwin opera was written. BUT it's an achingly beautiful piece of music. =)

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