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Subject: Re: Film and Opera
From: Paul Ferraro <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Paul Ferraro <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 13 Jul 2017 17:54:30 -0400
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Joined by Desdemona!  I mean, she sees Otello's neck veins popping & his 
face turning red, yet she keeps insisting on repeating Cassio's name 
over & over!  Drop it already, lady!


Paolo


On 7/13/2017 4:53 PM, David Geary wrote:
>> Marguerite isn't alone in the "If I Only Had a Brain." Gilda and Elsa are
>> right alongside.
>
> This is the sort of thing that people are alwavs saying without really
> thinking about it.
>
> In her memoires Astrid Varnay writes about Elsa (not the exact words,
> but the exact meaning) She say that when Elsa first enters she is about
> to be tried and almost certainly condemned for a crime she hasn't
> commited. She will likely be burned at the stake.
> Varnay continues, this is the middle ages, and people really believed in
> divine intervention, that god really could intervine and save you. The
> problem is, as they believed in divine intervention, they also believed
> in the intervention of the forces of evil, and you could never be sure
> that what seems like divine intervention is actually the work of the
> forces of evil trying to trap you.  Ortrud plays on this doubt, and that
> is Elsa's downfall.
>
> David
>
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