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Here's your chance to see the first complete Wagner opera produced as a feature film, Der Fliegende Hollander (The Flying Dutchman), directed in 1964 by Joachim Herz (1924-2013), with separate casts for acting and singing. The presentation from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23 will be in the Dolby Screening Room, Manhattan, 1350 Avenue of the Americas at West 55th St., Suite 2400. Co-sponsor of the event is DEFA Film Library at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. DEFA is a film archive from the former East Germany.
The film will be introduced by Hilan Warshaw, founder/director Overtone Films LLC. He notes that the Act III villagers' encounter with the Dutchman's crew “is a frightening piece of horror filmmaking.” Senta's first meeting with the Dutchman, with eerie lighting and visual details, explicitly recalls the defining classic of vampire cinema, F. W. Murnau's “Nosferatu” (1922).
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