Doctor Atomic

By grigio
Written November 10, 2008
I am a long time opera goer and lover, however iI have never been a fan of contemporary opera. I have seen many as the Chicago Lyric Opera tried to introduce them to their audiences. I saw nothing in Doctor Atomic to change my mind on the subject. The story was compelling, the actors were first rate as were the voices. For me opera is mostly about the music and the arias and Doctor Atomic failed on both counts. I guess i am a traditionalist when it comes to opera and there are still so many beautiful works which iI enjoy over and over again as well as others which do not get enough attention like La Rondine and The Pearl Fishers, to name just two. So, I am giving up on contemporary opera. Long live Verdi, Puccini, et al.
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Dr. Atomic

By mlerlev
Written November 10, 2008
Fascinating film, I felt it strongly conveyed the tense atmosphere prior to the bomb testing. My favorite part was when the scientists were singing their doubts and fears about whether the test would be successful and whether they were doing the right thng. The Robert Oppenheimer portrayal was beautifully acted and sung by Finley. The closeups of his face were amazing, as his emotions were vividley expressed by subtle changes in his expression and his voice is monderful. I thought the opera/film carried a strong anti-bomb message, and revealed things to me that I had never known. (I was 16 when Hiroshima and Nagasaki were bombed I didn't know that it was raining during the test, and that there were all sorts of blunders, and that the Military were overriding the scientists on crucial decisions. As an opera, I felt I might have enjoyed it more in the opera house, The many closeups, although psychologically revealing somehow took away from the operatic experience,
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Dr. Atomic

By RGNachman
Written November 10, 2008
You have to like modern music to enjoy this. If you do you will find it a gripping story that is augmented by the music.
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Dr Atomic

By joanira
Written November 09, 2008
First opera I've seen that was made for film. I can't imagine those sitting at the met could have the experience of seeing the close-ups that reflect emotional experiences of the principals. Singers superb, the music seemed an odd mix of old minimalist evolving repetitiion and stravinskian jagged rhythms as in his symph in 3 mvmts. Arias w/o memorable tunes - perhaps a rehearing would change that judgment. Most disturbing: the characters exclusively self absorbed. Even the relation between Oppenheimer and his wife unbelievably seemed to lack any warmth - is this why she drank?
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Dr. Atomic

By marybelyea
Written November 11, 2008
I already have rated this movie! Thought it was terrific. Mary Belyea
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