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OBF Cinema: Youthful adventure, majestic opera

  • Jun 12, 2013

Oregon Bach Festival is proud to partner with downtown Eugene's new Bijou Metro for the annual OBF Cinema series, running daily June 21-July 12. Each of the three films features the music of a composer whose music is celebrated in this anniversary season. And each runs daily for a week at 5 pm. Tickets are on sale at the Bijou Metro, 43 W Broadway in Eugene.

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From June 21-27, enter Wes Anderson's engrossing, deliberate, and truly one-of-a-kind world in Moonrise Kingdom.  The music of Benjamin Britten plays a key role in the journey of two children who fall in love and run away together across an island off the coast of Rhode Island. Starring Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, and Tilda Swinton, it's equal parts laugh out loud hilarious and abjectly beautiful, an iconic instant classic not to be missed. Franco Zeffirelli's fast-moving, dramatic adaptation of Giuseppe Verdi's Otello starring Placido Domingo runs from June 28-July 4. This soaring film is a gorgeous recreation of one of the cornerstones of 19th century Italian opera. “Brilliant camera work…a ‘you-are-there’ impact…outstanding performances from all the principals” —

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Joe McClellan, Amazon.comIn Wagner's Dream, July 5-11, the stakes could not be higher as visionary stage director Robert Lepage teams up with the Metropolitan Opera in a quest to produce the perfect staging of  Richard Wagner's epic Ring cycle. Susan Froemke's documentary takes you deep into the artistic process of the most ambitious staging in Met history, featuring a 90,000-pound set ("The Machine") designed to realize all of Wagner's scenic requirements, representing everything from the depths of the Rhine to a breathtaking ring of fire. Backstage moments of heartbreak and triumph are captured, as "The Machine" malfunctions on the biggest Opening Night in the opera world — but pulls off the stunning, show-ending coup de théâtre at the next performance.

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