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Mad About Opera (1948)
"Follie per l'opera" (original title)

 |  Comedy, Musical  |  5 April 1950 (USA)
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There has been no more catholic church in the Italian district of London since the one existing was bombed during the Blitz. Guido Marchi, a journalist wishing it to be restored, decides to... See full summary »

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Gino Bechi ...
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Maria Caniglia ...
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Tito Gobbi ...
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Carlo Campanini ...
Constance Dowling ...
Margaret Jones
Aroldo Tieri ...
Guido Marchi
Aldo Silvani ...
Don Antonio Capenno
Lamberto Picasso
Franca Marzi
Guglielmo Barnabò
Nico Pepe
Luigi Almirante
Michele Riccardini
Arturo Bragaglia
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There has been no more catholic church in the Italian district of London since the one existing was bombed during the Blitz. Guido Marchi, a journalist wishing it to be restored, decides to organize a show in which great names of the Italian opera will appear, deceitfully using Carlo Scala's restaurant as collateral to get the loan so as to organize the show. Despite formidable, self-interested opposition he will finally realize his goal. Moreover, he will manage to marry the one he loves. Written by Guy Bellinger CORRECTED BY ERIC ROTHSTEIN

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Il Barbiere di Siviglia
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Music by Gioachino Rossini
Libretto by Cesare Sterbini
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Fast comedy and wonderful music
21 July 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

It's a fastpaced, fast talking comedy. There's such a lot of wheeling and dealing going on in this film even from the start. Guido Marchi is a journalist with the idea of raising funds for rebuilding their damaged Italian church in post-war London. He hopes to succeed and thereby persuade Uncle Carlo to allow his daughter Dora to marry him. With a bit of sleight-of-hand he obtains letterhead stationery on which to arrange agreements with a handful of world famous singers to come and give a benefit performance.

We get to see and hear Gigli, Bechi, Gobbi, Schipa, and Maria Caniglia in popular operatic arias. Guido's sweetheart Dora (Gina Lollobrigida) tries to help him but she can get jealous when he strays too far in the company of Margaret (Constance Dowling). Tito Gobbi has more acting and singing than the rest, which is always special.

At the benefit concert Gigli sings from Andre Chenier; Caniglia sings the legendary 'Casta diva' aria beautifully; Gobbi performs his great piece de resistance, the 'Prologo' from Pagliacci; and Bechi shines in the 'Toreador Song'. All very interesting and enjoyable entertainment.


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