The Infernal Comedy: Confessions of a Serial Killer / Vivaldi, Haydn, Mozart [DVD]

Album Summary

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Work(s)
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Work(s)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Work(s)
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Work(s)
>Boccherini, Luigi : Work(s)
>Weber, Carl Maria von : Work(s)
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

'The Infernal Comedy' is a stage-play for a Baroque-Orchestra, two Sopranos and one actor. It is based on the real-life story of Jack Unterweger, a convicted murderer, acclaimed imprisoned poet, pardoned and celebrated author and journalist, notorious womanizer, and prime example of reintegration, who gradually was suspected of killing a growing number of prostitutes in Vienna, Graz, Prague and Los Angeles. He later vanished from Vienna, fled into the U.S, got arrested in Miami, transferred to Austria, accused and finally committed suicide after being convicted of homicide in eleven cases. Includes music by Antonio Vivaldi, Luigi Boccherini, Christoph Willibald Gluck, Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Carl Maria von Weber.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 145 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian



Reviews

An infernal "comedy"
The 2009 play "The Infernal Comedy" - confessions of a serial killer by Austrian dramatist Michael Sturminger is a "comedy" only in the most dark and ironic sense. Based on the true events surrounding the conviction, release and recapture of Jack Unterweger, this is a strangely compelling vision. John Malkovich created the role and is, essentially, talking to his audience as if they are witnessing a lecture and book signing from the "Vienna Woods Killer", back from the dead. The drama and vision are made more complete and surreal by having a Baroque orchestra accompany two sopranos as a form of commentary throughout the monologue. The arias are chosen carefully for their depiction of various operatic women in abused, subjugated, disadvantaged and mistreated roles. The two sopranos, Laura Aikan and Aleksandra Zamojska, perform wonderfully and also serve to act as if they are but two of Unterweger's many victims. In real life, Unterweger had written a book, gone on tour, exhibiting the same charm that no doubt gave him access to women, all while still executing an additional nine women, only to commit suicide while awaiting trial in prison. The irony and the palpable "deadly charm" that Jack Unterweger probably possessed are carried off brilliantly by Malkovich, who excels at portraying unusual characters in intense ways. The opera extracts and the performances by the sopranos - musically and dramatically - actually highten the mood and make one want to learn more about this strange case. The orchestra, playing period instruments conducted by Martin Haselbock plays wonderfully and this play/opera/commentary makes a fascinating addition to anyone's collection. The "comedy" is present, especially in some of Jack's almost "throw away" dialogue (like his disgust with the laptop computer provided him) but ultimately the realization that this man was real and notorious and scarily unique make the comedy less funny and more - infernal.
Submitted on 06/15/10 by Dan Coombs 
Login or Create an Account to write a review
 

Also Purchased



Previous


Next


Works Details

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Work(s)
  • Performers: Aleksandra Zamojska (Soprano); Laura Aikin (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Martin Haselböck
  • Ensemble: Vienna Academy Orchestra
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Work(s)
  • Conductor: Martin Haselböck
  • Ensemble: Vienna Academy Orchestra
  • Period Time: Classical

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Work(s)
  • Conductor: Martin Haselböck
  • Ensemble: Vienna Academy Orchestra
  • Period Time: Classical

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Work(s)
  • Conductor: Martin Haselböck
  • Ensemble: Vienna Academy Orchestra
  • Period Time: Classical

>Boccherini, Luigi : Work(s)
  • Conductor: Martin Haselböck
  • Ensemble: Vienna Academy Orchestra
  • Period Time: Classical

>Weber, Carl Maria von : Work(s)
  • Conductor: Martin Haselböck
  • Ensemble: Vienna Academy Orchestra
  • Period Time: Classical