A fanciful biopic of legendary conductor Arturo Toscanini as a very young man.

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Arturo
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Nadina
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Margherita
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Rossi
Pat Heywood ...
Madre Allegri
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Claudio Toscanini
Carlo Bergonzi ...
Bertini
Irma Capece Minutolo ...
Signora Mantelli
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M° Miguez
Simon Gregor ...
Carlino
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M° Superti
Elsa Agalbato ...
Paola Toscanini
Andrea Aureli ...
Comparsa
Luciano Bacchielli ...
Comparsa
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In Rio de Janeiro in 1886, eighteen-year-old conductor Arturo Toscanini, in Brazil on an orchestra tour, is torn between an aging soprano attempting a comeback and a mistress his own age. Opera diva Nadina Bulichoff has interrupted her stage career for Dom Pedro II the emperor of Brazil. When Toscanini begins to coach his childhood idol for a return to the stage in "Aida," Nadina has fallen into deep depression. The conductor is instrumental in her transformation as her performance proves an ultimate triumph and she is back the top of her art. Written by alfiehitchie

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7 October 1988 (Italy)  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)
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Aida (excerpts)
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Conducted by Eugene Kohn
Performed by Aprile Millo, Carlo Bergonzi with Orchestra e coro del Teatro Petruzzelli Bari and Anthony Cook
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Obscure Zeffirelli
25 June 2003 | by (Calgary, Canada) – See all my reviews

This film is the great Franco Zeffirelli's most obscure film and one of his most underrated. C Thomas Howell gives a very good performance as Toscanini. It has beautiful photography, great sets, locations and costumes. The film's only weakness is the script. Some parts are a bit too melodramatic. Although not his best, this film is better than Zeffirelli's ENDLESS LOVE and his latest film CALLAS FOREVER. A good film overall and worth seeing if you're a Zeffirelli or Toscanini fan. An 8 out of 10.


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