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211.
Elektra
When King Agamemnon is murdered by his wife and her lover, Elektra (Leonie Rysanek) seeks revenge. Karl Bohm conducts the Vienna Philharmonic in Richard Strauss' one-act opera. With... Full summary
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212.
To the Lighthouse
Mrs. Ramsey (Rosemary Harris) and her family spend one last summer at the seashore before World War I destroys their world. Adapted from Virginia Woolf's 1927 novel.
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213.
Life of Verdi
Giuseppe Verdi (Ronald Pickup) becomes one of Italy's most popular composers when soprano Giuseppina Strepponi (Carla Fracci) sings the leading role in "Nabucco."
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214.
Peter Sellars Directs Don Giovanni
Identical twins (Eugene and Herbert Perry) sing the roles of the don and his servant in "Don Giovanni," set in the Bronx by director Peter Sellars.
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215.
The Charterhouse of Parma
Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo forces Fabrizio to flee to Naples, while Gina continues her adulterous alliance.
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216.
Wagner's Ring: Das Rheingold
Dwarfs, giants and gods of Teutonic mythology struggle among themselves for power in Wagner's "Der Ring des Nibelungen."
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217.
La Cenerentola
Frederica von Stade, Francisco Araiza and Paolo Montarsolo appear in Rossini's comic opera of the Cinderella tale. Filmed at La Scala and in the Italian countryside. English subtitles.
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218.
The World of Jewish Humor
Neil Simon, Carl Reiner, Joan Rivers, Jackie Mason, Billy Crystal and Milton Berle demonstrate Jewish humor past and present.
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219.
Brideshead Revisited
In their youth, Sebastian and Charles enjoy an idyllic relationship at Brideshead and in Venice with Sebastian's father (Laurence Olivier) and his mistress.
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220.
Heartbreak House
Rex Harrison portrays seemingly mad Capt. Shotover in Shaw's dramatic comedy on Edwardian English society. With Amy Irving, Rosemary Harris.
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221.
Life of Verdi
Verdi completes the "Requiem Mass," "Otello" and, as an octogenarian, "Falstaff."
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222.
An Evening With Alan Jay Lerner
Julie Andrews, Robert Goulet, Richard Kiley and Leonard Bernstein honor lyricist Alan Jay Lerner, performing music from "My Fair Lady" and "Brigadoon."
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223.
La Clemenza di Tito
In ancient Rome, Vitellia (Carol Neblett) convinces an admirer (Tatiana Troyanos) to murder the emperor (Eric Tappy). James Levine conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in Mozart's... Full summary
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224.
Leonard Bernstein Conducts Resurrection
The London Symphony Orchestra and Edinburgh Festival Chorus offer Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2 in C minor.
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225.
Bernstein Conducts Mahler Symphony No. 9: Four Ways to Say Farewell
Leonard Bernstein discusses the work of Gustav Mahler, then conducts the Vienna Philharmonic in Mahler's 9th Symphony.
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226.
Brideshead Revisited
Charles celebrates the new year at Brideshead and incurs the family's anger by giving Sebastian money to buy drinks.
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227.
Show Boat
New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse presents the Kern/Hammerstein musical "Show Boat," with Eddie Bracken, Shelly Burch, P.L. Brown, Richard White and Rebecca Baxter.
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228.
Edith Wharton: The House of Mirth
Geraldine Chaplin plays Lily Bart in this drama based on Wharton's 1905 novel about New York City aristocracy.
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229.
Laurence Olivier: A Life
A documentary profiles Laurence Olivier from a childhood influenced by the Anglican Church to his debut as a film director of "Henry V" in 1944.
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230.
The Charterhouse of Parma
An imprisoned Fabrizio falls in love with Clelia, the daughter of the fortress governor.
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231.
The House of Bernarda Alba
Glenda Jackson and Joan Plowright perform Federico Garcia Lorca's "The House of Bernarda Alba," a tale of a woman and her five daughters.
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232.
Rossini at Versailles
Marilyn Horne, Montserrat Caballe, Francisco Araize, Samuel Ramey, Ruggero Raimondi, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and chorus of Radio France celebrate Gioacchino Rossini's work.
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233.
Man From Moscow
A story of 1960s intrigue opens as a Soviet colonel leaks military secrets to the British government.
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234.
1991 Richard Tucker Opera Gala
Harolyn Blackwell, Marilyn Horne, Luciano Pavarotti, Roberta Peters and Samuel Ramey celebrate the Richard Tucker Foundation's 15th anniversary at Avery Fisher Hall.
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235.
The Common Pursuit
Thwarted ideals alter a literary magazine founded years before by gifted Cambridge students (Tim Roth, Andrew McCarthy, Stephen Fry).
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236.
Pavarotti Returns to Naples
Luciano Pavarotti creates a musical portrait of the seaside city through popular Neapolitan songs.
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237.
Goya
Menotti's opera concerns the affair between the painter (Placido Domingo) and his model, the Duchess of Alba (Victoria Vergara). Director: Gian Carlo Menotti. Conductor: Rafael Fruebeck... Full summary
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238.
John Gielgud: An Actor's Life
Clips from his plays, films and TV productions complement an interview with Gielgud at his home in Buckinghamshire, England.
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239.
Richard Burton: In From the Cold
Family, friends and film recall Richard Burton and his many roles.
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240.
Spike & Co.: Do It A Cappella
A cappella groups perform in Brooklyn, N.Y. Hosts: Debbie Allen, Spike Lee.
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241.
The Charterhouse of Parma
On his return to Parma, Fabrizio courts scandal with his widowed aunt as well as in the murder of a comedian's boyfriend.
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242.
Night of Music: Global Celebration
Wynton Marsalis, Luciano Pavarotti, Jose Carreras, sitarist Ravi Shankar, the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Choir Boys, Ballet Folklorico de Mexico, BBC Welsh Chorus, Canadian Brass,... Full summary
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243.
Tales From the Hollywood Hills: Pat Hobby Teamed With Genius
A defeated writer (Christopher Lloyd) struggles to make a comeback.
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244.
Wagner's Ring: Die Walkure, Acts 2 & 3
Brunnhilde becomes a mortal woman after disobeying her father, Wotan, when he sends her to help Hunding battle Siegmund. With Peter Hofmann, Jeannine Altmeyer, Matti Salminen.
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245.
In Concert: New Jersey Chamber Music Society & the Tokyo String Quartet
Mendelssohn's Octet in E flat, Op. 20; Schubert's "Quartetsatz"; Puccini's "I Crisantemi."
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246.
Falstaff
The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna State Opera and Vienna Choir Boys perform Verdi's comic masterpiece. Baritone Gabriel Bacquier portrays Sir John Falstaff. With English... Full summary
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247.
Melba
Nellie Mitchell (Linda Cropper) subdues her musical interests to marry and raise a family but later abandons her stormy marriage to pursue a singing career in London.
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248.
Everybody Dance Now
The creativity of music-video dancers and choreographers. With James Brown, M.C. Hammer, Paula Abdul.
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249.
The Dining Room
A comic look at the rituals of the American WASP in the dining room of the playwright, A.R. Gurney, with a cast of six playing over 50 characters.
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250.
Bach's Christmas Oratorio, Part I: The Nativity
Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts the Concentus Musicus of Vienna, using instruments of the baroque period, and the Tolzer Boys Choir of Munich.
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