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This Week In Cinema History - Clemente Fracassi's 'Aida' (1953)

11 October 2012 8:21 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

This week in cinema history, 59 years ago, Italian screen legend Sophia Loren got her first big acting break as an Ethiopian slave in the titular role of director Clemente Fracassi's film adaptation of Giuseppe Verdi's opera, Aida. The film tells the story of Ethiopian princess Aida, who is kidnapped into slavery in Egypt.  Aida becomes romantically involved with Egyptian army officer Radames (Luciano della Marra), further complicating her plight, as she is enslaved to the Pharaoh's daughter Amneris (Lois Maxwell), who also loves Radames. Fracassi's Aida is especially notable for its use of dark make-up on the face and body of Loren, and the thick braided wig she »

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