The love story of Elisa Scalzi, a woman honest but poor and Conte Fabrizio Ristori, a very rich man. Their love is obstacled by a congioure and Lucrezia, a woman who also fall in love with Fabrizio.
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Series cast summary:
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 Elisa Scalzi (4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Alessandro Preziosi ...
 Conte Fabrizio Ristori (4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Antonella Fattori ...
 Contessa Anna Ristori (4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Jane Alexander ...
 Lucrezia Van Necker Beauville (4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Linda Batista ...
 Isabella (4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Kaspar Capparoni ...
 Giulio Drago (4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Pierluigi Coppola ...
 Angelo Buondio (4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Roberto Agostini
(4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Silvia Ajelli
(4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Gabriella Barbuti
(4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Alessandra Barzaghi
(4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Paolo Belletrutti
(4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Valentina Beotti ...
 Lucia Ceppi (4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Erika Bernardi
(4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Enrico Beruschi ...
 Lelio Sorbelloni (4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Vanessa Biaggi
(4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Regina Bianchi ...
 Contessa Agnese Ristori (4 episodes, 2003-2004)
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 Antonio Ceppi (4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Alberto Bognanni
(4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Francesco Branchetti
(4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Gianluca Brundo
(4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Antonio Bonanotte
(4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Antonio Cantafora
(4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Roberto Capitani
(4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Giorgio Carosi
(4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Roberto Ceccacci
(4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Alessandro Cremona
(4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Stefano De Sando ...
 Giovanni Conforti (4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Francesco D'Ignazio
(4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Ludgero Fortes Dos Santos
(4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Elena Falgheri
(4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Mirko Feliziani
(4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Massimo Augusto Franceschi
(4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Emanuela Garuccio ...
 Celeste (4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Giorgio Giacomini
(4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Marina Giordana ...
 Artemisia Scalzi (4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Simone Gualtieri
(4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Antonino Iuorio ...
 Alvise Radicati di Magliano (4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Giancarlo Judica Cordiglia
(4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Anne-Valérie Lefèvre ...
 Madame Roland (4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Piero Leri
(4 episodes, 2003-2004)
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 Charles-Emmanuel III (4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Sandro Mabellini
(4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Matteo Mancini
(4 episodes, 2003-2004)
(4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Mino Manni ...
 Capitano Lombardo (4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Simona Mastroianni ...
 Giannina (4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Eleonora Mazzoni ...
 Margherita Maffei di Barbero (4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Andrea Menin
(4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Luis Molteni ...
 Don Tognino (4 episodes, 2003-2004)
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 Capitano Terrazzani (4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Gianni Palladino
(4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Elio Pandolfi
(4 episodes, 2003-2004)
(4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Carlotta Previati ...
 Emilia Radicati di Magliano (4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Umberto Procopio
(4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Giovanna Rei ...
 Betta Maffei di Barbero (4 episodes, 2003-2004)
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 Clelia Bussani (4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Giovanni Rizzuti ...
 Titta (4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Giuseppe Rossi Borghesano
(4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Fabio Rossini
(4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Pamela Saino ...
 Orsolina Scalzi (4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Antonio Salines ...
 Consigliere Jean Luc Beauville (4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Ciro Scalera
(4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Paola Sebastiani ...
 Checca (4 episodes, 2003-2004)
...
 Beppo (4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Riccardo Simone Sicardi ...
 Martino (4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Silvana Sileri
(4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Sabrina Sirchia ...
 Bianca Buondio (4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Corrado Solari
(4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Curzio Torrini
(4 episodes, 2003-2004)
...
 Amelia (4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Filippo Valle
(4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Danilo Maria Valli ...
 Gasparo (4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Vittorio Viviani ...
 Ludovico Maffei di Barbero (4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Luca Ward ...
 Ottavio Ranieri (4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Fabio Zerba
(4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Renato Luigi Aliprandi
(2 episodes, 2003)
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The love story of Elisa Scalzi, a woman honest but poor and Conte Fabrizio Ristori, a very rich man. Their love is obstacled by a congioure and Lucrezia, a woman who also fall in love with Fabrizio.

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17 December 2003 (Italy)  »

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€17,000,000 (estimated)
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(26 episodes)

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16:9
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Trivia

First shown in Germany in 2008 (NDR, start Feb 5, 2008). See more »

Quotes

Christian Grey: Take the Baron's money, go back to Rivombrosa, whatever you want! But let me do what I've come to do!
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Connections

Spin-off La figlia di Elisa - Ritorno a Rivombrosa (2007) See more »

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Brilliant
5 January 2011 | by (the United States) – See all my reviews

I stumbled upon "Elisa di Rivombrosa" after exhausting pretty much all of the English-language period dramas. Having seen British adaptations of classic novels countless times (everything from Austen to Hardy to Forster), I found this loose take on Samuel Richardson's "Pamela" and decided to give it a go. Anglophone viewers will appreciate its similarities to the period films that we're familiar with - gorgeous costumes and beautiful music, plots about virtue and vice, etc - but I'd also argue that "Elisa" offers a refreshing amount of fun and intrigue that most recent English-language period films are lacking (often more a result of the sobering sort of stories adapted than of any fault of the filmmakers). "Elisa di Rivombrosa" manages to be both entertaining and mildly intellectual and profound - in an unobtrusive, unpretentious sort of a way. It is playful and serious, and unabashedly exaggerated - without being ridiculous or Barbara Cartland-y. This approach is perfect for the source content (a sentimental novel, after all), and results in a thoroughly captivating and creative work.

An intriguing story with unexpected twists and turns, "Elisa" has a multitude of well-integrated subplots, lively and likable characters, and excellent performances. It has humor and suspense, and moments that pull at your heart strings. Admittedly, the plot isn't always very plausible, but "Elisa" is a soap opera (and doesn't try to disguise the fact), so the somewhat far-fetched events and over-the-top emotions are entirely forgivable and, indeed, beneficial to the atmosphere and pace of the drama. The costumes are attractive and varied, without being distracting, and the music is perfect (beautiful and original, but not a crutch to elicit the viewer's emotional reactions, as the performances are good enough to do that alone).

There's a lot of cheesy romantic dialogue, thwarting of the baddies' schemes, and energetic, rollicking adventure. In short, it's an excellent and entertaining piece of television, a period drama fan's dream come true, and I highly recommend it.

10/10


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