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The Story of Tosca (1941)

Tosca (original title)
Non-musical account of Puccini's opera: Tosca and Cavaradossi are in love, but the tyrant Scarpia desires Tosca and oppresses Cavaradossi who is fighting for freedom.

Directors:

Carl Koch (as Carlo Koch), Jean Renoir (uncredited)

Writers:

Alessandro De Stefani (adaptation), Alessandro De Stefani (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Imperio Argentina ... Floria Tosca
Michel Simon ... Il barone Scarpia
Rossano Brazzi ... Mario Cavaradossi
Carla Candiani ... La marchesa Attavanti
Olga Vittoria Gentilli Olga Vittoria Gentilli ... La regina di Napoli
Adriano Rimoldi ... Angelotti
Nicolás D. Perchicot ... Sciarrone (as Nicolas Diaz Perchicot)
Juan Calvo ... Spoletta
Nicola Maldacea Nicola Maldacea ... Il pittore di corte
Claudio Ermelli ... Paisiello
Enzo Musumeci Greco Enzo Musumeci Greco ... L'ufficiale della regina
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Non-musical account of Puccini's opera: Tosca and Cavaradossi are in love, but the tyrant Scarpia desires Tosca and oppresses Cavaradossi who is fighting for freedom.

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

18 December 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Tragédia de Tosca See more »

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Production Co:

Scalera Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Jean Renoir directed only the first 5 scenes before the war interrupted and sent him back to France. See more »

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Version of Tosca (1976) See more »

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"And before him all Rome trembled"
22 November 2004 | by ItalianGerrySee all my reviews

This movie from Fascist-era Italy is not a musical version of Giacomo Puccini's operatic masterpiece but a straight dramatic narrative of the same story that had originated in Sardou's play. Puccini's music does figure in, however, with strategically placed arias on the sound track. Argentina-born Spanish actress Imperio Argentina plays the title role with diva-esque aplomb. Rossano Brazzi is perfectly cast as the strikingly handsome painter and revolutionary collaborator Mario Cavaradosssi. Michel Simon steals the show whenever he is on screen, as nefarious police chief Baron Scarpia, who is out to apprehend all opponents to Papal rule in this story set in early 19th-century Rome...and who has his eyes on Tosca for his own sexual gratification. He pays with his life, victim of Tosca's loathing and a well-placed knife.

The actual Roman settings, where the actions are written to have taken place, add a great deal of authenticity...Palazzo Farnese, the church of Sant'Andrea della Valle and the Castel Sant'Angelo from whence the double-crossed Tosca, having failed to save her beloved Mario, makes her ultimate leap. Carlo Koch directed the film begun by Jean Renoir. The great Luchino Visconti had a hand in it as well as assistant. The film ought to be better known and revived in museum series outside of Italy. It opened commercially in New York under the title "The Story of Tosca" in late 1947. Unfortunately it still remains an obscurity seen pretty much only on Italian television.


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