The Nose

By dsgoode976
Written October 28, 2013
One of the most brilliant music films I've ever seen. Part of its success was that of the designer/director William Kentridge's visual world created for the Met's staging of the opera. And part was the excellence of the film maker(s). It was intoxicating visually! My only criticism is that I thought the balance of orchestra and vocalists was off as it so often is when it's a matter of voice vs. instruments. The orchestra was kept down, the voices kept up in volume. Shostakovich's acidic, spiky, early modernist orchestration was not given its due. But it's a wonderful opera, amazingly produced, and filmed. I think it would appeal to kids. The absurdist short story by Gogol on which the opera is based, is funny, even silly, and the representation of the nose is constantly rib-tickling.
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Definitely different ..

By mgdbgj
Written September 30, 2016
Visually very modern and unique to match very odd, for lack of better word, piece of music. No intermission.
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Excellent William Kentridge production of Shostakovich opera

By karmanaut
Written August 31, 2016
One of the best Met productions in recent years.
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Terrific visual invention

By dmotis
Written October 27, 2013
Had seen the opera at the Met but this was in many ways more rewarding. Close ups let you see how well the actor/singers inhabited their roles. Complex movements and choreography were easier to focus on and follow, and the careful selection of frames highlighted all the wonderful visual inventions by William Kentridge . It was for us a WOW! experience.
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The Nose

By jamesleverett
Written October 27, 2013
I have seen a great number of HD broadcasts from the Met elsewhere. In comparison, Union Square's sound is disappointing. It needs a bit more volume and body. This was particularly true of The Nose. PS I am old but attend concerts and broadcasts very often. I am far from deaf. I am not sure that The Nose, which is a magnificent production of a very complex, difficult opera, is right for HD broadcast, but that is a question for thought and discussion.
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