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Meeting Venus (1991)




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Meeting Venus is based on a play cowritten by the film's director, Istvan Szabo. Glenn Close plays a celebrated Swedish opera star Karin Anderson who is slated to appear in an internationally-telecast production of Tannhauser. Ms. Anderson balks at the notion of working with obscure Hungarian conductor Zoltan Szanto. The much-anticipated production may never get off the ground, thanks to labor-management difficulties, intramural jealousies, and clashing egos. Admidst all this chaos, the mismatched Anderson and Szanto fall in love. Filmed in Budapest, Meeting Venus was far from a box-office hit thanks in great part to an inadequate advertising campaign; hopefully it will gain the wide audience it deserves on videocassette. (PS: Glenn Close's singing is dubbed by real-life opera luminary Kiri Te Kanawa. We tell you this because the lyp-synching is done so well that you might actually believe that Close is performing those arias herself).

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Glenn Close
as Karin Anderson
Niels Arestrup
as Zoltan Szanto
Marián Labuda
as Von Schneider
Maïté Nahyr
as Maria Krawiecki
Victor Poletti
as Stefano Del Sarto
Rita Scholl
as Delfin Van Delf
André Chaumeau
as Etienne Tailleur
Jay O. Sanders
as Stephen Taylor
Dieter Laser
as Von Binder
Johanna ter Steege
as Monique Angelo
Roberto Pollak
as Isaac Partnoi
Moscu Alkalay
as Jean Gabor
Mosko Alkalai
as Jean Gabor
Macha Méril
as Miss Malikoff
Erland Josephson
as Jorge Picabia
Maria Becker
as Szanto's Mother
Eva Ebner
as Von Binder's Mother
Sandor Szabo Sr.
as 1st Violinist M Leuchter
Irén Bordán
as Eurowood TV Crew Sound Organizer
Eszter Karasz
as Malgrozeta
Erika Toth
as Eurowood TV Crew Director
Andras Vamosi
as Eurowood TV Crew Sound Engineer
Zsuzsa Manyai
as Fat Lady from the Chorus
Balazs Hantos
as 2nd French Singer
Jozsef Csor
as 4th French Singer
Lili Kepes
as 3rd Journalist
Gyorgy Fenyves
as 4th Journalist
Pal Schiffer
as 6th Journalist
Fruzsina Pregitzer
as Marie France
Monteith Douglas
as Computer Operator
Andras Krepes
as 2nd Journalist
Karoly Ujlaky
as 1st Hotel Receptionist
Zsuzsa Fazekas
as Szanto's Daughter, Agnes
András Márton Baló
as New 1st Violinist
Brigitte Sy
as French Customs Officer
Jeno Pataky
as 2nd Violinist
Gyorgyi Tarjan
as 2nd Orchestra Member
Istvan Komlos
as 1st Orchestra Member
Manfred Andrae
as Eurowood President
Buda Gulyas
as Eurowood TV Crew Cameraman
Sandor Kecskes
as 1st French Singer
Ferenc Gerdesits
as 3rd French Singer
Laszlo Barany Paal
as 5th French Singer
Andras Kepes
as 2nd Journalist
Sandor Szabo Sr.
as 1st Violinist M Leuchter
Sandor Simo
as 7th Journalist
Ferenc Harangozo
as 5th Journalist
Istvan Szilagyi
as Stageworker
Jozsef Fonyo
as Police Officer
Ivan Verebely
as 2nd Hotel Receptionist
Pierre Remund
as French Police Officer
Jean Guerbay
as French Immigration Officer
Sandor Altemann
as Vogelwind
Kiri Te Kanawa
as Elisabeth
Rene Kollo
as Tannhauser
Håkan Hagegård
as Wolfram von Eschenbach
Renate Springler
as A Young Shepherd
Matthia Holle
as The Landgrave
Kim Begley
as Walther von der Vogelweide
Robin Macann
as Biterolf
Roderick Earle
as Reinmar von Zweter
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Critic Reviews for Meeting Venus

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

Better at the edges than the center -- the story is weak, but there are wonderfully vivid, wise, and witty moments and some insight into the multi-cultural challenges of a huge musical undertaking.

November 24, 2002 | Rating: 4/5
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There are dozens of major and minor characters in the film, and Szabo juggles them artfully, telling some of their stories and transient flirtations in asides and background action.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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