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For the First Time (1959)

 -  Musical  -  26 August 1959 (USA)
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Tonio Costa
Johanna von Koczian ...
Christa
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Ladislas Tabory
Hans Söhnker ...
Prof. Bruckner (as Hans Sonker)
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Mathilde Faktotum
Sandro Giglio ...
Alessandro
Walter Rilla ...
Dr. Bessart
Renzo Cesana ...
Angelo
Peter Capell ...
Leopold Hübner
Gisella Mathews
Michael Cosmo ...
Aldo
Carlo Rizzo
John Stein
Manfred Schaeffer ...
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Gloria De Vadnuz
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The brilliance of one of the world's most beloved tenors and the exciting world of opera highlight this delightful romantic adventure set in the most beautiful cities of Europe. Tonio Costa (Mario Lanza), the temperamental darling of the opera world, is forever missing performances because of impromptu street concerts and endless parties. But Tonio's carefree ways change when he falls in love with Christa, a beautiful deaf girl. Christa refuses to marry him until she can hear his sublime voice. So they embark upon a whirlwind concert tour of Europe where Christa consults with specialists while Tonio sings his heart out. Their love grows stronger and they realize that as long as they are together they can face whatever the future holds. Lush, exotic locations, fabulous operatic performances and the magic of Mario Lanza give this sparkling love story the look and sound of enchantment. Written by Anonymous

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Death Scene
(uncredited)
from the opera "Otello"
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Sung by Mario Lanza
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30 September 2004 | by (Sydney Australia) – See all my reviews

One of Lanza's best! I wish they would bring out a wide screen version so that the full glory of Capri in the late 50s could be appreciated. A DVD version is sorely in need. Come on MGM. I'm too young to have seen this the first time around, but I caught it on TV many times and it always strikes a responsive chord. Love the bit where Mario is singing 'La Dona Mobile' o ntop of the car in the rain while the opera crowd waits inside. Also Zsa Zsa Gabor is a real hoot as an aristocrat chasing "Tony" from concert hall to concert hall and Kurt Kasznar is excellent as his nervous manager. Good value for opera lovers as well, because Mario bursts into song more times than Elvis does in HIS movies.


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