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14 November 2001 (France) See more »
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
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
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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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
A great film that stays in the memory, 22 December 2002
Author: maralex from Lincolnshire, England

I'd read some bad reviews of this film, and didn't expect to enjoy it. For me Tosca is such a great opera that I couldn't imagine how technical trickery could do anything but spoil it. However, director Jacquot has actually enhanced it at times, although the grainy pictures of outside locations didn't work for me.

The film begins with black and white film of the singers recording the sound track, and occasionally this device is used during the opera itself, but I found it interesting and it didn't break the spell of the story in any way. In fact, when Ruggero Raimondi stood up to record his entrance he looked just as frightening as he did when acting!

Allowing the singers to either talk or stand silently thinking while their arias or recitatives were played was a great idea. For me it worked best when Raimondi's Baron Scarpia was watching Angela Gheorghin's Tosca as he tried to poison her mind with jealousy so that she would lead him to her lover Mario Cavaradossi. This could be because out of the three leads, it's Raimondi who has the best screen presence. He not only looks right, he can act as well, and although Angela Gheorghin looked beautiful, I was disappointed in her acting skills. For me her Tosca lacked passion and she seemed more interested in looking lovely than reacting appropriately.

Her scenes with Scarpia were her best scenes, mainly because Roberto Alagna failed to generate any hint of passion or sexuality, which was a huge disappointment. Even his singing sounded as though he was in an echo chamber, which made me suspect that he was underpowered. Maybe it was a technical fault, but it was irritating.

It was an involving film, and the sumptious costumes and sheer brilliance of Raimondi's singing and acting meant that it had moments of genius. Overall it was a great film for me, and one that I can't wait to see again. The golden couple of Gheorghin and Alagna didn't quite live up to their reputations, but Ruggero Raimondi certainly made up for it. Even if you're not an opera lover, it's worth watching this film for his performance alone, and if you are an opera lover then see it as soon as you can for the whole production.

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