The Death of Klinghoffer
The Death of Klinghoffer (2003)

John Adams' audacious contemporary opera about the 1985 capture of the ocean liner Achille Lauro is given a faithful screen adaptation in this production financed by the British television network Channel 4. A large group of tourists… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 2, 2005
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Critic Score: 57% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Joshua Kosman
San Francisco Chronicle

Sellars' original staging was a stylized, almost pageant-like affair, which allowed the creators to claim descent for the piece from Bach's Passions. Without that fig leaf, the ugliness at the heart of the work ... becomes all the more apparent.

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Phil Hall
Film Threat

Jolting, imaginative adaptation of the John Adams opera, though some people may be bothered by the film's aggressive anti-Israeli political message.

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Mark Athitakis
Filmcritic.com

Woolcock mostly makes the film work visually -- she's excellent at the pointed close-up and frenzied camera movements.

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Merle Bertrand
Film Threat

While the opera The Death of Klinghoffer seems like a dubious enough proposition to begin with, turning that opera into a movie was just an all around bad idea.

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Arthur Lazere
culturevulture.net

Uses the film medium to amplify the sense of the historic sweep of events and the tragedy of conflict amongst peoples for a safe haven on an ever shrinking, ever more contentious planet.

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