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Puccini and the Girl (2008)

Puccini e la fanciulla (original title)
While Puccini is totally engrossed with the composition of his opera La fanciulla del West, sexual intrigue swirls around him.
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Riccardo Moretti ...
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Doria Manfredi
Giovanna Daddi ...
Elvira Puccini
Debora Mattiello ...
Fosca
Federica Chezzi ...
Giulia
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In 1908 Puccini is composing La fanciulla del West. In front of his villa in Torre del Lago, the "Chalet da Emilio" looms above the water - it is a refuge built on piles used by fishermen and poachers. Behind the counter the beautiful Giulia is serving wine and smiles. The Maestro has become a frequent visitor to these premises - he drinks a glass of wine, plays a game of cards, smokes a cigarette and then goes back to his music. Giulia is Doria Manfredi's cousin, a young maid in Puccini's home. One day Doria surprises Fosca, the musician's step-daughter, in bed with her lover. Worried that she will give away her secret, Fosca won't stop controlling Doria and, sensing there is an understanding between the maid and her stepfather, forces her mother Elvira to spy on Giacomo. One night she sees him with a young girl and although she couldn't see her face, she is sure it is Doria. While Puccini is totally engrossed with the composition of his opera and uses every possible excuse he can to... Written by Venice Film Festival

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A superbly crafted film.
11 July 2009 | by (Los Angeles/Paris) – See all my reviews

This extraordinary film by Paolo Baroni and Paolo Benvenuti creates its own particular—and strikingly beautiful—cinematic world. In contrast to many of today's shaky, rough-and-tumble pictures with rapid edits and over-dark scenes, 'Puccini and the Girl' is confident in its experimental yet classical visual language; many of its surprises are subtle. One example: we see a train at a station; there is a zoom out; the zoom is slow; then we find we have been looking at this train through the window of a car. The year is 1908. Society will see a transition from trains to automobiles. Though the film speaks of Giacomo Puccini, his love life, and the opera he is currently composing—'La fanciulla del West', opera lovers are advised that it is not a biopic of Puccini which has fully-orchestrated opera excerpts on display. The main location of the film is Puccini's house; the lake – and Nature – surround it while the characters (carefully researched, based on fact) strive to restrain their desires. This is a superbly crafted movie. There is a lot to savor here. A great deal can be learned about the art of cinema by watching 'Puccini and the Girl'. I cannot wait to see it again. – Lance Tait


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