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Here’s the latest in a series of films that makes me wonder if some law has been passed that requires movies to be at least two hours long, or if directors get paid more for longer films.
Now, Becoming Traviata is not a bad film, mind you. Not at all. It captures the tremendous amount of work and passion that went into the 2011 production of “La Traviata” in Aix-en-Provence, and it’s great to see with how much nuance the director analyses the story — line by line, note by note — and tirelessly works with the singers to get the performances just right.
Unfortunately, after an hour or so, the film begins to lose steam. This didn’t have to be so — it would have been fairly easy to lose 20 or even 30 minutes along the way, in relatively small cuts here and there, and keep the pace. I can understand if film makers fall in love with their subject and lose their distance, but that’s what you have editors and producers for, right?
- Germany: It's cold but we're having SO much fun!
- Graham/UK: Speak for yourself Lena.