The Death of Klinghoffer
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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 book passage aboard the Achille Lauro for a 12-day cruise in the Mediterranean, and when the ship docks in Alexandria for two days, just over half of the passengers head into town for shopping and sightseeing. While the ship is docked, a maid cleaning a stateroom discovers four of the passengers left on board are actually members of the Palestine Liberation… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle
"Jolting, imaginative adaptation of the John Adams opera, though some people may be bothered by the film's aggressive anti-Israeli political message."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"Woolcock mostly makes the film work visually -- she's excellent at the pointed close-up and frenzied camera movements."
‑ Mark Athitakis,
"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."
‑ Merle Bertrand, Film Threat
"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."
‑ Arthur Lazere,
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