VERKAUFTE BRAUT, DIE (1932, Germany)
directed by: Max Ophüls

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IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0023657

Submitted by Charles O'Brien on 2006-08-11

Charles O'Brien's comment:
A brilliant, stylish film directed by Max Ophuls. The film is based on the opera by Smetana, and features the celebrated Czech soprano Novotna. Ophuls evidently sought to base the film very closely on the opera, adopting a style tightly linking music and image. The music was directed by German jazz meister Theo Mackeben, who had collaborated with Weill and Brecht on Die 3-groschenoper. For my cinemetrics entry, I counted the film's various arias as songs. 0.00: carriage ride, subjective camera, entirely postsynchronized with operatic instrumental accompaniment; Wernicke chats with the Burgomeister; 7.00: Wernicke sings aria; Marie runs across the courtyard, and people flow through the streets to a fast march rhythm; 16.30: Novotna meets Willi in comic "meet cute" scene, with cartoon-style synched-music accompaniment; 17.20: [...]; 19.10: comic photo booth scene a la Prix de beaute, or Murnau's Sunrise; Wernicke discovers that Novotna and Willi are in love; 28.30: idyllic country stream setting, with Novotna and Willi on boat, where they sing a duet, lasting until 30.30 (very pretty horn arrangement); [...]; 34.50: dance at night out on the town square; 36.50: Novotna sings an aria, cross-cut with other singing actors, to create an ensemble piece with three separate, though presumably adjacent, locations; then topping off the number, Willi's rich tenor voice is heard to thus fill out the sequence; 39.00: a music-accompanied fight scene between Willi and his rival; 41.20: Novotna sings a solo, finishing with her view of the cityscape at night; 47.00: Willi and Wernicke sing a duet while riding horses, until 49.30: [...]; 54.00: another multi-part vocal piece, with the vocalists dispersed across mutliple locations, ending at 56.00: [...]; 60.00: outdoors, daytime, circus performers do their schtick in front of a fairground-type crowd (featuring the same clown who appeared at the film's very beginning, and who has appeard at least once since then).


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Number of shots:
509
114
1
Length(min):
59.21
15.65
0.1
ASL(sec):
7
8.2
6.2
MSL 4.2 5.4 6.2
MSL/ASL
0.6
0.66
1
StDev 8.4 12.5 0
Min 0.3 0.7 6.2
Max 62.2 126 6.2
CV 1.21 1.52 0
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