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Uniform Title Mikado (Motion picture : 1939)
Title The Mikado [videorecording] / Janus Films ; General Film Distributors, Ltd. ; based upon the opera by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, by arrangement with Rupert D'Oyly Carte ; adapted, conducted, and produced by Geoffrey Toye ; directed by Victor Schertzinger.

Imprint Irvington, NY : The Criterion Collection, 2011.


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library DVD    MIK    Available
Description 1 videodisc (91 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet ([18] p. : ill. ; 19 cm.)
Series The Criterion collection ; 559
Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs) ; 559.
Note Originally produced as a motion picture in 1939.
Synopsis partially derived from the Gilbert and Sullivan Archive.
Special features: Interviews: Mike Leigh (18 min.); Scholars Josephine Lee and Ralph MacPhail, Jr. (29 min.); 1926 D'Oyly Carte promo [b&w silent film] (4 min.); Deleted scene (3 min.); Audio feature: 1939 radio broadcast excerpts from "The swing Mikado" (4 min.) and "The hot Mikado" (8 min.); Booklet includes the essay "Celluloid Savoy" by Geoffrey O'Brien.
Contents Prologue -- "The sun and I" -- "A wand'ring minstrel" -- The Lord High Executioner -- "Three little maids" -- "To Ko-Ko plighted" -- The substitute -- Wedding day -- "Here's a how-de-do" -- "A more humane Mikado" -- "The criminal cried" -- A dead man -- "Willow, tit willow" -- Finale -- Color bars.
Credits Decor, Vertès ; cameraman, Bernard Knowles ; technicolor photographer, William V. Skall ; editors, Philip Charlot, Gene Milford ; art director, Ralph Brinton.
Performer Kenny Baker (Nanki-Poo), Martyn Green (Ko-Ko), Sydney Granville (Pooh-Bah), John Barclay (The Mikado), Gregory Stroud (Pish-Tush), Jean Colin (Yum-Yum), Constance Willis (Katisha), Elizabeth Paynter (Pitti-Sing), Kathleen Naylor (Peep-Bo); the London Symphony Orchestra and the Chorus of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company.
Summary The legendary Gilbert and Sullivan troupe, the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, joined forces with Hollywood for this 1939 Technicolor version of the fabled comic opera, the first complete work by the famed duo to be adapted for the screen, directed by musician and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Victor Schertzinger. The result is a lavish cinematic retelling of the British political satire set in exotic Japan. Nanki-Poo, son of the Mikado of Japan, fled his father's imperial court to escape marriage with Katisha, an elderly lady. Now, disguised as a traveling musician, he meets and falls in love with Yum-Yum, the young ward of Ko-Ko, a cheap tailor in the town of Titipu. Yum-Yum, however, is already betrothed to her guardian, and Nanki-Poo is in despair.
System Details DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby Digital mono.; full screen presentation, preserving the 1.33 :1 aspect ratio of its original theatrical exhibition.
Language In English with optional subtitles in English.
Subject Princes -- Japan -- Drama.
Man-woman relationships -- Japan -- Drama.
Genre/Form Filmed operas.
Musical films.
Fiction films.
Film adaptations.
Feature films.
Motion pictures -- Great Britain.
Feature films -- Great Britain.
Criterion collection
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Added Author Gilbert, W. S. (William Schwenck), 1836-1911. Librettist.
Sullivan, Arthur, 1842-1900. Composer.
D'Oyly Carte, Rupert.
Toye, Geoffrey, 1889-1942. Adapter. Conductor. Producer.
Schertzinger, Victor. Director.
Baker, Kenny, 1912-1985. Actor.
Green, Martyn, 1899-1975. Actor.
Granville, Sydney. Actor.
Barclay, John, 1892-1978. Actor.
Stroud, Gregory. Actor.
Colin, Jean, 1905-1989. Actor.
Willis, Constance. Actor.
Nickell-Lean, Elizabeth. Actor.
Naylor, Kathleen, 1912-1974. Actor.
Vertès, Marcel, 1895-1961. Designer.
Skall, W. V. (William V.), 1898-1976. Cinematographer.
Gilbert, W. S. (William Schwenck), 1836-1911. Mikado.
Sullivan, Arthur, 1842-1900. Mikado.
London Symphony Orchestra. Performer.
D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus. Performer.
Janus Films.
General Film Distributors.
Criterion Collection (Firm)
ISBN 9781604653991
Standard No. 715515069212
Music No. CC1992D Criterion

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