The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0952 Monday, 7 June 1999.
Date: Friday, 4 Jun 1999 15:47:19 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Latest MND Film: The Score
In reviews of the most current MND film, I've seen little comment on the
musical track. A query to OPERA-L elicited the opinion that the
familiar opera arias were used (cynically) to make the ignorant feel
they knew something about music. I wonder whether Casta Diva and Una
furtiva lagrima are instantly recognizable to most people likely to see
this movie? Would they be sufficiently familiar for the audience to get
the (rather heavy-handed) point about the moon as a chaste goddess, and
about longing for the love of an unattainable beauty who just perhaps
has shown some sign of reciprocal love? Or are they intended just as
romantically pretty tunes, as programmed as Mendelssohn's fairies and
wedding march, or as obviously emotive as a jolly Brindisi for party
scenes, or the plaintive Cavalleria intermezzo for the exhausted lovers?