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Tosca -- Benoit Jacquot reinvents the way we view opera in this magnificent production of Puccini's story of Tosca's love for the painter Cavaradossi and the intervention of Scarpia.


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Benoit Jacquot reinvents the way we view opera in this magnificent production of Puccini's story of Tosca's love for the painter Cavaradossi and the intervention of Scarpia. | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Benoît Jacquot 
Writing credits
Luigi Illica (libretto) &
Giuseppe Giacosa (libretto)

Victorien Sardou (play "La Tosca")

Produced by
Douglas Cummins .... co-producer
Alfred Hürmer .... co-producer
Dagmar Jacobsen .... co-producer
Jean-Pierre Saire .... executive producer
Lévon Sayan .... associate producer
Frédéric Sichler .... co-producer
Patrizia Tallarico .... line producer
Daniel Toscan du Plantier .... producer
Alessandro Verdecchi .... co-producer
Cinematography by
Romain Winding 
Film Editing by
Luc Barnier 
Production Design by
Sylvain Chauvelot 
Set Decoration by
Joël Lavrut 
Costume Design by
Christian Gasc 
Makeup Department
Joëlle Dominique .... key hair stylist
Thi Thanh Tu Nguyen .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Pascale Hornus .... post-production supervisor
Anne Lessnick .... production manager
Nino Rissotti .... unit manager
Emily Zinth de Kentzingen .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fernandino Ceriani .... assistant director: Rome
Raphaël Chevènement .... assistant director
Corinne Le Hong .... first assistant director
Art Department
Isabelle Partiot .... artistic coordinator
Volker Schäfer .... studio coordinator
Sound Department
Pascal Chauvin .... foley and sound designer
William Flageollet .... sound re-recording mixer
Olivier Goinard .... supervising sound editor
François-Joseph Hors .... sound recordist
Johannes Malfatti .... sound assistant
Nicolas Moreau .... sound editor
Pierre Picq .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Wolfgang Jäger .... special effects
Benjamin Kotter .... special effects
Ralph Salis .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Luc Augereau .... visual effects producer
Arnaud Fouquet .... digital artist
Aurélien Vernhes-Lermusiaux .... trainee: visual effects unit
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Franken .... electrician
Peter Franken .... electrician: lighting computer
Rossi Handsley .... key grip
Rafael Jeneral .... video operator
Philippe Lardon .... camera operator
Stephan Rother .... gaffer
Sébastien Tran .... second assistant camera
Isabelle Weingarten .... still photographer
Casting Department
Burkhard Eick .... casting: extras and bit parts
Delia Eick .... casting: extras and bit parts
Carmen Senz .... casting: bit parts and extras
Carmen Senz .... extras casting
Stephan Senz .... casting: bit parts and extras
Stephan Senz .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Laurence Guindollet .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Richard Deusy .... colorist
Caroline Dulac .... assistant editor
Music Department
Pamela Bullock .... assistant conductor
Nicoletta Conti .... assistant conductor
Terry Edwards .... chorus director
William Flageollet .... music mixer
Sam Okell .... assistant music editor
Jon Olive .... music editing technical consultant
Antonio Pappano .... musical director
Giacomo Puccini .... music by
Simon Rhodes .... music scoring mixer
The Tiffin Boys' Choir .... musician
Simon Toyne .... choir director
Other crew
Dominique Bandet .... production secretary
Geneviève Dufour .... script supervisor
Petra Gösling .... production administrator
Marie-Noëlle Hauville .... production administrator
Tosca Toscan du Plantier .... dedicatee (as Tosca)

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126 min
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Finland:K-7 | France:U | Germany:6 | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud)

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Hot & Spicy, Erotic & Creamy, 21 December 2002
Author: se7en45 from United Kingdom

My initial reaction to this movie was negative. It took me a while to get used to the technique of showing the singers, musicians and the conductor and then rapidly splicing footage of the singers performing in costume on the set of the opera. However, I think this experiment gradually begins to weave a spell over the audience (consider what Lawrence Olivier did with his film of "HENRY V"). The artificial world of theatre and opera explodes into a reality filled with excitement and vitality.

The orchestra bursts into a throbbing overture that hints at the turmoil that bubbles at the tragic heart of Puccini's opera. Antonio Pappano conducts like a man possessed, he fights and wrestles the score to fiery heights and the music rises with a sweaty passion.

Roberto Alagna sings and acts the role of Cavaradossi with enough conviction, although Placido Domingo did an electrifying job for Giofranco De Bosio in the 1976 movie. Alagna may not have the acting ability of Domingo but he certainly more than makes up for it in the singing department. His natural charisma also shines through in the close-ups that are used frequently to heighten psychological tension.

Ruggero Raimondi plays the part of Scarpia with venom and overtones of violent malice. At times he almost resembles a rapist stalking his next victim. There are shades of his magnificent portrayal of the decadent Don Giovanni (remember the Joseph Losey film?), for example, when he's at the dinner table we see Scarpia admiring his own smirking reflection in the glinting knife. His aria, in this scene, is about how he devours women until his appetite is sated. He proudly boasts about his varied taste in differnt kinds of females and the whole aria is very sinister and disturbing. His acting is splendid and his singing voice is still virile and strong.

Tosca, sung and acted by the earthy Angela Gheorghiu, is first seen as almost bloodless. She is wearing a pale yellow dress and there's no trace of make-up on her anxious face. We can see insecurity and jealousy lined in her face and eyes. She peeks around like a hunted animal which has lost the will to live. This is the way Puccini wrote the part for his heroine and this superb singer delivers a haunting performance. In the latter sections of the opera we see her in a blood-red dress that swirls behind her like a crimson river. Now her eyes are raging black coals that glint with fire and her ruby lips shine with lust. Her cheeks are creamy and flushed and her heaving breast indicates the trembling fear that courses through her lascivious body. Her scene with Scarpia is erotic, the fire leaps and strange shadows dance around the claustrophobic room. This whole scene is extremely erotic, there is a definite sexual spark between the snake-like Scarpia and the radiant sexiness of Tosca. Her voice is tinged with a smouldering huskiness.

The climax, on the top of the gothic castle is beautifully lit, Tosca's red dress still glows and her face has a hue of cold blue (the lighting in this section would please fans who enjoy the works of Mario Bava or Dario Argento). This time we see the tragic frailty in Tosca's eyes, there are hints of suspicion and fear and the close-ups, once again, are very effective in conveying her emotional state.

This film is a very good example of opera being translated over into Art House Cinemas and the experiment of inter-cutting footage of singers in the theatre and the film sets is by-and-large successful and will bear repeated viewings. One hopes more adaptations will follow and thus allow opera the freedom to reach new venues.

Seek out this pulsating film and allow your emotions to run riot with passion and excitement.

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