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Amahl and the Night Visitors (1996 film)

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Amahl and the Night Visitors
Directed byChristine Edzard
Produced byOlivier Stockman
Screenplay byChristine Edzard
Based onAmahl and the Night Visitors by Gian Carlo Menotti
StarringBenjamin Hall
Joanna Campion
Music byGian Carlo Menotti
CinematographyJoachim Bergamin
Release date
CountryUnited Kingdom

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Amahl and the Night Visitors is a 1996 film directed by Christine Edzard, based on the classic, one-act Christmas opera written by Gian Carlo Menotti in 1950. It was produced by Olivier Stockman at Sands Films Studios in London. The film stars Benjamin Hall and Joanna Campion, cinematography was by Joachim Bergamin.[1] The Spoleto Festival Orchestra and Chorus were conducted by Yves Abel, the choreographer was Pierre Lacotte and lighting designer was Fabrice Kebour.[2]

The film tells the story of Amahl, a disabled boy, and his mother who live in Palestine around 2000 years ago and do not have enough food to eat. One night they see a bright star in the sky and Three Kings arrive with many gifts for the newborn baby they are trying to find.



Sands Films, the production company that made the film, is owned and run by Christine Edzard, the screenwriter and director, and her husband Richard B. Goodwin.[3]

The film was made in collaboration with Goodwin by Edzard, who is known for her meticulous filmmaking often based on Victorian English sources. [4] Their other productions include Tales of Beatrix Potter (1971), Stories from a Flying Trunk (1979), The Nightingale (1981), Biddy (1983, Little Dorrit (1987), The Fool (1989), As You Like It (1991), The IMAX Nutcracker (1997), The Children's Midsummer Night's Dream (2001) and The Good Soldier Schwejk (2018).

Amahl was filmed on location at the Teatro Nuovo in Spoleto, Italy for the 1996 Spoleto Festival.[5][2]


  1. "Amahl and the Night Visitors (1996)". BFI.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Amahl and the Night Visitors". Opera on Video.
  3. Elley, Derek (6 October 1992). "As You Like It". Variety.
  4. Ephraim Katz (2005). The Film Encyclopedia 5th edition. Harper Collins. p. 427. ISBN 9780060742140. Search this book on .
  5. Jo Siedlecka (23 Dec 2020). "Watch: Amahl and the Night Visitors". Independent Catholic News.

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