8.1/10
169
5 user 1 critic

Pagliacci (1982)

| Music | TV Movie
The story is set in southern Italy and recounts the tragedy of Canio, the lead clown in a commedia dell'arte troupe, his wife Nedda, and her lover, Silvio.

Director:

Writer:

(libretto)
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Won 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Stars: Yelena Obraztsova, Plácido Domingo, Renato Bruson
La traviata (1982)
Drama | Music | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Violetta meets Alfredo and quickly falls for him. After the lovers run away together, they live in bliss for a short time. However, Alfredo's father, Giorgio, starts to interfere, concerned... See full summary »

Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Stars: Teresa Stratas, Plácido Domingo, Cornell MacNeil
Otello (1986)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Based on Shakesphere's play, Verdi's opera depicts the devastating effects of jealousy, "...the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds upon". Believing Otello has promoted the... See full summary »

Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Stars: Plácido Domingo, Katia Ricciarelli, Justino Díaz
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

This is a dramatization of events in the life of St. Francis of Assisi from before his conversion experience through his audience with the pope, including his friendship with St. Clare.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Stars: Graham Faulkner, Judi Bowker, Leigh Lawson
Drama | Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In 1935 a group of elderly British women, whom the Italians have named the Scorpioni, have chosen Italy, specifically Florence, as a place to live to blend their proper British ... See full summary »

Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Stars: Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright
Sparrow (1993)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Catania, Sicilia 1854. A serious epidemic of cholera is hitting the region. Maria a 16 years old novice leaves her convent and returns her home to avoid contamination. Here she finds a ... See full summary »

Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Stars: Angela Bettis, Johnathon Schaech, Eva Alexander
Don Carlo (TV Movie 1992)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Stars: Samuel Ramey, Luciano Pavarotti, Paolo Coni
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

In New York, armed men hijack a subway car and demand a ransom for the passengers. Even if it's paid, how could they get away?

Director: Joseph Sargent
Stars: Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, Martin Balsam
Pagliacci (TV Movie 1968)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Director: Herbert von Karajan
Stars: Jon Vickers, Raina Kabaivanska, Peter Glossop
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A fictionalized account of the last days of opera singer Maria Callas (Ardant).

Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Stars: Fanny Ardant, Jeremy Irons, Joan Plowright
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Brutish, fortune-hunting scoundrel Petruchio tames his wealthy shrewish wife, Katharina.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Cyril Cusack
Camping (1958)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The two young lovers Tao and Valeria decide to go and enjoy a beautiful holiday in privacy, away from the daily routine and their parents. After a journey full of adventures, aboard a ... See full summary »

Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Stars: Marisa Allasio, Nino Manfredi, Paolo Ferrari
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Teresa Stratas ...
...
Juan Pons ...
Alberto Rinaldi ...
Silvio
Florindo Andreolli ...
Beppe
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ivan Del Manto
Alfredo Pistone
Edit

Storyline

The story is set in southern Italy and recounts the tragedy of Canio, the lead clown in a commedia dell'arte troupe, his wife Nedda, and her lover, Silvio.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

filmed opera | opera | See All (2) »

Genres:

Music

Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Also Known As:

Der Bajazzo  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Version of Pagliacci (1998) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Must-see performance of a great opera
27 March 2015 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

Pagliacci (1982) (TV) was directed by the great Franco Zeffirelli. It's not a filmed stage performance. It's a movie based on the verismo opera composed and written by Ruggero Leoncavallo in 1892.

For those of you who don't know the plot, I'll summarize it. (If you know the opera, just skip this paragraph.) Canio (Plácido Domingo) is the leader of a group of traveling players. He plays the clown, Pagliacco. His much younger wife, Nedda (Teresa Stratas) is in love with Silvio (Alberto Rinaldi). Tonio (Juan Pons) is a coarse and misshapen member of the company. He lusts after Nedda, but she laughs and humiliates him. The tragic plot unfolds based on these basic elements.

Although Leoncavallo set the story in 1865 - 1870, Zeffirelli has moved the period to what appears to be the 1920's or early 1930's. Unlike Cavalleria Rusticana, which was filmed in a Sicilian village, this movie was clearly filmed on a movie set. There's no real attempt at scenic realism. (However, in fairness, this opera has a closed, very intimate feel. "Opening it up" would probably be a mistake.)

Teresa Stratas was one of the finest lyric sopranos of the 20th Century, and Nedda was one of her greatest roles. In 1982, Stratas was 44, which is much older than the role written for Nedda. However, Stratas was very beautiful and youthful in a slender, ethereal way, and she looks right for the part. Musically, she is perfection.

Domingo was surely one of the greatest tenors in opera history. At 41, he was younger than Canio is supposed to be, but with makeup he fit the role. And, of course, his vocal abilities defy description.

Although the opera has many fine arias and duets, when you think of Pagliacci, you think of the great tenor aria "Vesti la giubba" ("Put on the costume"). This is the classic story of a clown with a painted smile, whose heart is breaking. Even if you think you don't enjoy operatic music, you will still be moved by this aria.

The movie works well on a small screen. We saw it on DVD, and it was wonderful. It's packaged with another one-act opera—Cavalleria rusticana. These two operas are typically shown together in opera houses as well. Opera lovers call them "Cav and Pag." Usually they are shown with Cavalleria first, followed by Pagliacci. That's the order I would suggest if you watch them on DVD.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Which of the Three Great Tenors? nypunkeer-1
Met staged version Framescourer
Discuss Pagliacci (1982) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?