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The Mikado

Author: W S GilbertArthur SullivanRupert D'Oyly CarteGeoffrey ToyeVictor SchertzingerAll authors
Publisher: Irvington, NY : Criterion Collection, 2011.
Series: Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs), 559.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The legendary Gilbert and Sullivan troupe, the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, joined forces with Hollywood for this 1939 Technicolor version of the fabled comic opera, the first complete work by the famed duo to be adapted for the screen, directed by musician and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Victor Schertzinger. The result is a lavish cinematic retelling of the British political satire set in exotic Japan. Nanki-Poo, son  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Motion pictures
Feature films
Filmed operas
Musical films
Fiction films
Film adaptations
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Drama
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: W S Gilbert; Arthur Sullivan; Rupert D'Oyly Carte; Geoffrey Toye; Victor Schertzinger; Kenny Baker; Martyn Green; Sydney Granville; John Barclay; Gregory Stroud; Jean Colin; Constance Willis; Elizabeth Nickell-Lean; Kathleen Naylor; Marcel Vertès; W V Skall; London Symphony Orchestra.; D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus.; Janus Films.; General Film Distributors.; Criterion Collection (Firm)
ISBN: 9781604653991 160465399X
OCLC Number: 707127110
Language Note: In English with optional subtitles in English.
Notes: Originally produced as a motion picture in 1939.
Synopsis partially derived from the Gilbert and Sullivan Archive.
Special features: Interviews: Mike Leigh (18 min.); Scholars Josephine Lee and Ralph MacPhail, Jr. (29 min.); 1926 D'Oyly Carte promo [b&w silent film] (4 min.); Deleted scene (3 min.); Audio feature: 1939 radio broadcast excerpts from "The swing Mikado" (4 min.) and "The hot Mikado" (8 min.); Booklet includes the essay "Celluloid Savoy" by Geoffrey O'Brien.
Credits: Decor, Vertès ; cameraman, Bernard Knowles ; technicolor photographer, William V. Skall ; editors, Philip Charlot, Gene Milford ; art director, Ralph Brinton.
Performer(s): Kenny Baker (Nanki-Poo), Martyn Green (Ko-Ko), Sydney Granville (Pooh-Bah), John Barclay (The Mikado), Gregory Stroud (Pish-Tush), Jean Colin (Yum-Yum), Constance Willis (Katisha), Elizabeth Paynter (Pitti-Sing), Kathleen Naylor (Peep-Bo); the London Symphony Orchestra and the Chorus of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company.
Description: 1 videodisc (91 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet ([18] p. : ill. ; 19 cm.)
Details: DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby Digital mono.; full screen presentation, preserving the 1.33 :1 aspect ratio of its original theatrical exhibition.
Contents: Prologue --
"The sun and I" --
"A wand'ring minstrel" --
The Lord High Executioner --
"Three little maids" --
"To Ko-Ko plighted" --
The substitute --
Wedding day --
"Here's a how-de-do" --
"A more humane Mikado" --
"The criminal cried" --
A dead man --
"Willow, tit willow" --
Finale --
Color bars.
Series Title: Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs), 559.
Other Titles: Mikado (Motion picture : 1939)
Responsibility: Janus Films ; General Film Distributors, Ltd. ; based upon the opera by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, by arrangement with Rupert D'Oyly Carte ; adapted, conducted, and produced by Geoffrey Toye ; directed by Victor Schertzinger.

Abstract:

The legendary Gilbert and Sullivan troupe, the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, joined forces with Hollywood for this 1939 Technicolor version of the fabled comic opera, the first complete work by the famed duo to be adapted for the screen, directed by musician and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Victor Schertzinger. The result is a lavish cinematic retelling of the British political satire set in exotic Japan. Nanki-Poo, son of the Mikado of Japan, fled his father's imperial court to escape marriage with Katisha, an elderly lady. Now, disguised as a traveling musician, he meets and falls in love with Yum-Yum, the young ward of Ko-Ko, a cheap tailor in the town of Titipu. Yum-Yum, however, is already betrothed to her guardian, and Nanki-Poo is in despair.

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