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The cultural year 2007

Which cultural events—books, films, television shows, operas, plays, concerts—have been most overrated and underrated this year? We put this question to over 50 Prospect writers, and all their responses are printed below.

By prospect   January 2008

What do you think were the most overrated and underrated cultural events of 2007? Click here to comment at our blog, First Drafts.

Anne Applebaum journalist

Overrated Opera: Mozart’s Idomeneo, the one that was cancelled, and then reinstated, at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin. It was cancelled for fear of offending Muslims—for no apparent reason, Jesus, Buddha, Poseidon and, yes, Muhammad appear in the final scene—but actually it was a ludicrous mess of fluorescent costumes, obscure phallic imagery and pointless religious symbolism.

Book: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Bloomsbury). But how could it not be?

Underrated Andrzej…

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