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Richard Strauss' Arabella, set in Vienna during the 1860s, opens with Countess von Waldner asking a fortuneteller to help save her family from their enormous debts. The mystic assures the Countess that her daughter, Arabella will marry into extreme wealth. Soon after, a young officer named Matteo pleads with Zdenka, the Waldners' son (in fact, a girl brought up as a boy), to help him win Arabella; unbeknownst to Matteo, Zdenka secretly carries a torch for him herself. Zdenka pleads Matteo's case with her sister, but Arabella dismisses him, as she does all who have sought her hand. Meanwhile, the Count has sent a photograph of Arabella to the rich Mandryka, hoping to arrange a marriage. The rich man's nephew, who is also named Mandryka, has intercepted the letter and makes his interest in Arabella known to the Count. At a grand ball, Arabella meets her new suitor and is instantly taken with him, accepting his proposal. However, Mandryka overhears Zdenka hatching a plot to get Matteo into Arabella's bedroom and thinks the worst. In fact, Zdenka has tricked Matteo; in the darkness of the room, he believes he is seducing Arabella rather than Zdenka. Mandryka challenges Matteo to a duel, but Zdenka reveals the truth of her deception. Learning the truth, Matteo takes Zdenka as his own and Arabella and Mandryka pledge their troth. ~ Craig Butler, All Movie Guide.
Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish.
German Language Film.
|Starring:||Gwendolyn Bradley, John Brocheler, Edita Gruberova, Ren, Artur Korn, Wiener Philharmoniker, Ashley Putnam, Gianna Rolandi, Regina Sarfaty, Bernd Weikl, Keith Lewis, Sona Ghazarian, Julia Kleiter, Margarita Lilowa, Hans Kraemmer, Morten Frank Larsen, Johan Weigel, Gundula Janowitz|
|Studio Name:||Team Marketing|
|DVD Release Date:||10/14/2003|
|Run Time (in minutes):||154 minutes|
|Audio Tracks:||AC, Dolby Digital Stereo|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.25|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.5 x 0.5 x 7.4|
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