Particularly impressive is Malin Byström’s Donna Anna, whose moving Non mi dir is addressed not to Don Ottavio but first to her dead father (via his bust) and then to Giovanni himself.Véronique Gens offers a sympathetic Donna Elvira, impassioned rather than hysterical in her inability to give up on Giovanni. It's such a large special-effects picture, the actors really are secondary in it.
Mariusz Kwiecien's Giovanni may lack the whiff of sulphur but his longing for the authentic experience of love and life is palpable.
At the end, he's onstage alone; looking out to the audience, with the house lights raised, he suggests that the longing might be ours also.
Ming has been testing the Earth with unnatural disasters, and deeming it a threat to his rule, he plans to destroy it. Flash must avoid the amorous attentions of Ming's daughter and unite the warring kingdoms of Mongo to rescue Dale and save our world.
Watch the Flash Gordon trailer here: Fun Trivia: There is a rumor that the monitor behind Hans Zarkov (Topol) as he is having his memory dumped shows scenes from Topol's previous movies.
It would be nice to see a happy couple once in a while.
I know the producers of this & other shows think that the viewing public prefer to see dating couples in turmoil, which in turn creates a more entertaining show.
Es Devlin's set is a two-storey building on to which are projected, graffito-style, the names of Giovanni’s myriad inamoratas, roses (in Giovanni’s serenade of Elvira’s maid), black tears (in Don Ottavio’s Il mio Tesoro) and more besides.
The video designs by Luke Halls and lighting by Bruno Poet are admirably inventive.
For example: the first common mistake is in how value gets defined.