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Capriccio Italien (1953)

 -  Musical | Short  -  4 June 1953 (USA)
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Johnny Green conducts the MGM Symphony Orchestra in a performance of the title work.

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Complete credited cast:
The MGM Symphony Orchestra ...
Themselves (as The M-G-M Symphony Orchestra)
Johnny Green ...


The MGM Symphony Orchestra led by Johnny Green plays Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "Capriccio Italien". The camera pans over Green's shoulder to the brass section during the stately introductory refrain. The strings then take over with the piece's main theme, followed by the entrance of the winds. The entire orchestra continues with the many joyous Italian folk inspired idioms of the piece. Green conducts the orchestra with gusto to the piece's triumphant conclusion. Written by Huggo

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This short was first shown immediately preceding the premiere engagement of MGM's 1953 film version of William Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar". See more »


Capriccio Italien, Op. 45
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (as Peter Ilyitch Tschaikowsky)
Performed by The MGM Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Johnny Green
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Starring as Themselves
19 September 2013 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

When you think of classic MGM fare, if you're like me, you think of the musicals. If you think of the musicals, you think of Judy Garland and Gene Kelly and Vincente Minnelli. Maybe Arthur Freed for producing and writing songs, Robert Alton for shooting those amazing sequences.... Charles Walters for choreography and... and...

But what about the people who actually made the music? Did they just come in, do their work, collect their paychecks and go home? Didn't they ever think about their parts in creating what turned out to be art and wish for their moment in the MGM roster, where, the boast went, there were more stars than there were in heaven? Here they are. And Tschaikovsky too.

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