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Tosca's Kiss (1984)
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Meet the inhabitants of the "Casa di Riposa" in Milan, the world's first nursing home for retired opera singers, founded by composer Giuseppe Verdi in 1896. In his documentary film Tosca's ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Giuseppe Manacchini
Leonida Bellon
Salvatore Locapo
Giovanni Puligheddu ...
(as Giovanni Erminio Puligheddu)
Sara Scuderi
Gaetano Annoni
Maria Baglio
Della Benning
Marina Bertelli
Ida Bida
Irma Colasanti
Bruna Noce
Ada Perugia
Cesare Perugia
Giuseppina Sani


Meet the inhabitants of the "Casa di Riposa" in Milan, the world's first nursing home for retired opera singers, founded by composer Giuseppe Verdi in 1896. In his documentary film Tosca's Kiss, which has developed an underground cult following over the years and is a favorite among opera and music lovers worldwide, director Daniel Schmid has captured a world in which these wonderful singers (many of whom had significant careers on the opera stage) re-live and re-enact their triumphant roles of the glorious past. Tosca's Kiss is a touching and often hilarious film on the subject of aging and the power and timeless capacity of music to inspire. Written by Anonymous

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Memoirs of the Italian Opera by the singers and musicians of the Casa Verdi, Milan.


Documentary | Music


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24 July 1985 (USA)  »

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$2,513 (USA) (8 August 2014)

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Vissi d'arte incarnate!
1 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Stumbling across this film, made in 1984 by Daniel Schmid, justified my Netflix bill for an entire year. In today's youth-obsessed culture, where we are eager to shower even the least- talented with untold wealth, it is poignant to see artists who have given their lives for music enduring retirement at Casa di Riposo Verdi in Milan. But enduring on their own terms – you cannot hold an opera stage without a supreme sense of self. Their daily world is full of music and reminiscences of past glories.

There are so many bittersweet moments in the film: Giuseppe Manachini proudly displaying his worn costumes that spark his memory; Sara Scuderi raptly listening to a 1940's recording of herself as Tosca; Giovanni Puligheddu proffering his musical credentials; Leonida Bellon encountering Scuderi in a hallway and launching into Act II of Tosca, in the end receiving "il bacio di Tosca". The Casa Verdi staff, happily and humorously, treat these histrionics as normal behavior.

Shamefully, I know nothing about any of these musicians who shared the stage with such giants as Callas, Gigli, and Simionato, but you only have to witness Scuderi's snatches of Vissi d'arte, in a remarkably preserved voice, to realize the individuality and personality of her Tosca – and that she is no "povera donna, sola, abbandonata in questo popoloso deserto"; Floria is always with her. Maybe not such a bad retirement after all.

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