THE FULL MONTEVERDI
SKY ARTS / NAXOS / SVT / CTV / YLE TEEMA
One of the most moving collections of Renaissance vocal music brought to life as a contemporary drama specifically for the screen.
Our critically acclaimed film of The Full Monteverdi premiered on Sky Arts on Christmas Day 2007 and went on to be broadcast in a dozen countries, in addition to festival and cinema screenings in the UK and beyond; including the Sker Kinekor multiplexes of South Africa and New Zealand’s Rialto network. Naxos released the DVD globally. The film was recently recommended by Classic FM as the third most important music-film of all time, second only to The Pianist and Amadeus.
Written and directed by John La Bouchardière
THE FULL MONTEVERDI
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Based on Claudio Monteverdi’s
Fourth book of madrigals, 1603
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THE FULL MONTEVERDI
Cinematic incarnation of John La Bouchardière and I Fagiolini’s critically acclaimed project
2007 / 1:56
“John La Bouchardière’s adaptation… had a poignancy that only those who have married their childhood sweetheart and lived happily ever after would fail to recognise… Shot in a series of unremarkable flats and streets, at restaurant tables and in toilet cubicles, with mascara, snot, baby bellies, wrinkles, receding hairlines and all the accoutrements of experience exposed, this was an exceptionally well-crafted, thoughtful film, beautifully sung and very bravely acted.”
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“After an hour, the pun in the title was vindicated: this was a raw, emotional striptease… the camera can follow the acrimonious lovers into bedrooms and bathrooms and there is a terrible truthfulness to its documentation of their misery.”
“This brilliant film… is superbly acted, beautifully sung …almost unbearably moving. Bravos all round”
“…like most simple ideas it takes a special imagination to come up with it in the first place, and full credit to director John La Bouchardière for that moment of genius… the six voices of I Fagiolini sing the Monteverdi (wonderfully) as six actors mime the disintegration of their love affairs to their partners, flashbacks later revealing how they came to be there in the first place. What La Bouchardière has done is to add a further layer of meaning to the music: already painfully beautiful, it now takes on a searing intensity – I watched it with tears running down my cheeks”
“a brilliant film… a searing dramatisation of the 17th-century Italian’s madrigals”
“The eye cannot tear itself away from these admirably constructed images and subtle glances… The tour de force of this film is to have given a dramatic coherence and dramatic tension to twenty madrigals, surely the most unlikely cinematic material. The universal theme of separation is ripe for a contemporary reading but it takes La Bouchardière’s talent, leaning towards cinéma vérité, the typically British standard of I Fagiolini’s acting and the musicianship of the whole team to convince and captivate.”
LE MONDE DE LA MUSIQUE
“This film makes explicit the drama that is inherent in the music and poetry and can, therefore, do a great deal to promote appreciation of Monteverdi’s madrigals… members of I Fagiolini sing with tremendous expressivity, flawless intonation, and amazing vocal technique.”
Claudio Monteverdi’s Fourth book of Madrigals (1603) explores differing emotional states of abandoned lovers through the most dramatic and amazingly modern music for vocal ensemble. The Full Monteverdi follows the simultaneous break-up of six couples, from shocking revelation, vengeful anger and erotic longing for reconciliation, as an ensemble film. Vulnerable and disarming, it draws viewers into its emotional journey and intensely moving portrait of contemporary love.
Seated in a restaurant, the six couples begin to quarrel over dinner. Onlookers are drawn to the interactions of their fellow diners, yet also wary of their invasive gaze, as the relationships fragment before their eyes. The couples fight over moments in the past, then reflect on better times and unrealised dreams. Ultimately, the six (singing) lovers are left to contemplate life alone. The film takes place over an evening and following morning, with several scenes shot as flashback, giving viewers the back-story to the lovers’ downfall. The film is sung throughout.
Director – John La Bouchardière
Music Director – Robert Hollingworth
Producer – Greg Browning
Co-producer – Ian Bouncer
Screenplay – John La Bouchardière
with I Fagiolini
Anna Crookes – Soprano
Carys Lane – Soprano
Clare Wilkinson – Mezzo
Nicholas Mulroy – Tenor
Matthew Brook – Baritone
Giles Underwood – Bass
A SILICON19 AND I FAGIOLINI PRODUCTION FOR POLYPHONIC FILMS.
PRODUCED IN CO-OPERATION WITH S4C AND SVERIGES TELEVISION.
PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH NAXOS, SKYARTS, CTV AND YLE TEEMA.
Director of Photography – Nick Gordon-Smith
Production Designer – Chloe Lamford
Art Director – Christopher Rosewell
Costume Designer – Mair Joint
Make-up Designer – Cate Hall
First Assistant Director – Marcus Collier
Editor – Greg Browning
Online Editors – Robbie Easterbrook, Ray Griffiths
Sound Editor – Rachel Smith
Associate Producer – Patricia Brown, Peter Nash
Post production – Kate Lovett