The Great Mr. Handel
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About "The Great Mr. Handel"
THIS DVD IS PLAYABLE IN ALL REGIONS. His gifts were extraordinary. His life an adventure. His legacy priceless. A lavish period drama produced in 1942 by Lord Ranks G.H.W. Productions Ltd. This was the first color film shot with ocharacter lighting instead of the flat overall lighting hitherto demanded by Technicolor. This story deals with the later stages of Handels life, leading up to the composing of his masterpiece oMessiah. During his early years in London, Handel had enjoyed the Kings patronage and people flocked to the theatres to see his operas. But soon fashionable society turned against him. Plagued by financial worries and ill health and abandoned by almost everyone except those closest to him, Handel shut himself away and worked day and night on oMessiah. Its performance at the Royal Opera House in 1743 resulted in a standing ovation led by the King. It began a tradition and fitting honor for the incomparable Handel, composer of one of hte finest oratories in the English Language.
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I enjoyed this film. It is 1942 production, and in colour.It was well produced, although of course it is an older production. Yet, it had an interesting script, good acting and so it is well-worth seeing I believe. The momentum is good and so it keeps your interest. It is not slow, dull or boring. I personally highly esteem Handel's Messiah, and so I was eager to see this film. It didnt disappoint me, however, I appreciate older movies, especially those from the 1940s. I can't speak for the younger generation these days. They may not like such a film. It is not up there with "Gone With the Wind" as the budget was nothing close, but the 40s produced some great films, and this one was not brilliant, but certainly good. There is good to be gleaned from this film from the life, works and character of the great Handel.