Produced in Italy in breathtaking Technicolor, this biographical story of Puccini (played by L'avventura's Gabriele Ferzetti) spans his creative life from early student days to the height ... See full summary »

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Giacomo Puccini
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Elvira Puccini
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Cristina Vernini
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Giocondo
Myriam Bru ...
Delia
Sergio Tofano ...
Giulio Ricordi
Mimo Billi ...
Fanelli
Silvio Bagolini ...
Gianni
Alessandro Fersen ...
Padre di Delia
Jacques Famery ...
Antonio Puccini
Carlo Duse ...
Boito
Piero Palermini ...
Fontana
Oscar Andriani ...
Giacosa
René Clermont ...
Illica
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Enrico
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Produced in Italy in breathtaking Technicolor, this biographical story of Puccini (played by L'avventura's Gabriele Ferzetti) spans his creative life from early student days to the height of success, including his early flop Madama Butterfly and his incomplete Turandot. Along the way he encounters three women who change his life, including a sexy, beautiful singer (Two for the Road's Nadia Gray) whom he drops for a small town girl (Sirocco's Marta Toren), and a servant girl who commits suicide over him. Well-selected excerpts from Manon, La Boheme, Madama Butterfly and Turandot are featured along with other Puccini music, including the voice of Beniamino Gigli. Sets, costumes and production values are first class, all sumptuously filmed by Claude Renoir. Written by Anonymous

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1954 (USA)  »

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Two Loves Had I... Puccini  »

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Interesting and quite decent
19 September 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

If anybody was a fan of Puccini's music and operas, they'd jump at the chance at seeing Gallone's film of Puccini. It is an interesting biopic and is a pretty good film overall as well. Not without flaws though, there could have been more Puccini and a little less of Elvira, the story does jump around a lot which can confuse things and give the sense that the film was written in haste, there definitely could have been more scope and depth to the characters other than Elvira(Puccini himself included), and the film is badly and irritatingly dubbed too. Puccini(1953) is beautifully filmed on the other hand, both opulent and noir-ish. And that's the same with the costumes and sets too. The music of course is just heavenly, and we have some great voices singing it, including one of the most beautiful tenor voices of all time in Beniamino Gigli and Antoinetta Stella, a soprano who deserved to make it bigger. The story might have benefited from a longer length, but is still fascinating and reasonably accurate to the story of the composer, without being distasteful. Gallone directs assuredly, and he draws out some good performances. In the case of Marta Toren, superb and Gabriele Ferzetti is a likable Puccini. Riccordi, Illica and Giacosa are well performed too, though their parts are written a little sketchily. Overall, decent and interesting. 6/10 Bethany Cox


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