The creators of the world famous Cirque du Soleil bring their enchanting fantasy and amazing talents to this timeless story of love between an impoverished street mime, Frac, and Giulietta, the beautiful young songbird of the circus.
Alegria is the first feature film inspired by Cirque du Soleil, an internationally based performance ensemble that uniquely blends traditional circus arts with the expressive possibilities of theatre, dance and music.
Alegria, the film, is far more than the documentation of the live event. Instead, the cinematic medium has been employed to expand and transform the Cirque's dreamlike imagery out of the Big Top and into the real world, introducing a narrative love story enacted by a distinguished international cast.
When it comes to circus acts, there are none who have really come close to the ever-changing troupe known as Cirque du Soleil. Many new circus acts have taken their inspiration from Cirque's unique and haunting style, and imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery, which only goes to highlight just how much of an impact a proper show can have.
Having never had the joy of seeing Cirque perform live, despite a couple of tours of NZ, it was a real pleasure to get this DVD to watch... and it blew me away! I was expecting the usual motley edit-job from a half-dozen cameras scattered around the big-top during a couple of their shows, but the acts have taken a back-seat to the story and the characters themselves, and in a way this has added a whole new dimension to the story. Somewhat like a fairytale acted out in the streets of Berlin, Germany, this story tells a love stroy like no other.
The characters are full of rich depth and colour (even the black'n'white ones) and there are quite a few famous faces cropping up throughout... most are mere cameos, but if you are sharp of eye and wit, you'll see them. My favourite is Whoopie Goldberg making a stunningly short appearance, with only 2 scenes containing her, and a mere 2 words of dialogue in total!
Overall, if you are aware of the troupe and their world-shaking performances, you'll understand why this is something special, even though the show acts make, at best, brief appearances throughout. In a strange way, this reminds me a lot of Neil Gaiman's movie, Mirrormask. Far less 'trippy' but no less enthralling and fantastical. A winner, and from the sounds of it, just the beginning. I hope to get my grubby mitts on any future releases... in this day and age, it's about the healthiest way to get a dose of unreality... and we can all use an occasional break from the 'real world' at times, even if it is for only 89 minutes...
Random listing from 'Movies'...
Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas tells the story of Buddy the Elf, and his quest to reunite with the human father he never knew existed. While Buddy's sincerity and idealism are commonplace at the North Pole, these attributes are rejected in cynical New York City. But through song, dance, and relentless good cheer, Buddy rekindles the spirit of Christmas for the entire city
All trademarks, images and copyrights on this site are owned by their respective companies.
KIWIreviews is an independent entity, part of the ePLURIBUS.nz Network. This is a free public forum presenting user opinions on selected products, and as such the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the opinion of KIWIreviews.co.nz and are protected under New Zealand law by the "Honest Opinion" clause of the Defamation Act of 1992. KIWIreviews accepts no liability for statements made on this site, under the assumption that they are the true and honest opinions of the individual posters. In most cases, prices and dates stated are approximate and should be considered as only guidelines.
"Making duplicate copies and computer printouts of things no one wanted even one of in the first place is giving America a new sense of purpose."
Andy Rooney (1919 - )