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Love of a Clown - Pagliacci (1948)

Pagliacci (original title)
Recounts the tragedy of Canio, the lead clown in a commedia dell'arte troupe, his wife Nedda, and her lover, Silvio.

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Mario Costa
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tito Gobbi Tito Gobbi ... Tonio, the hunchback / Silvio, the handsome villager
Gina Lollobrigida ... Nedda, wife of Canio
Onelia Fineschi Onelia Fineschi ... Nedda (singing voice)
Afro Poli Afro Poli ... Canio, master of the troupe
Galliano Masini Galliano Masini ... Canio (singing voice)
Filippo Morucci Filippo Morucci ... Beppe, troupe harlequin
Gino Sinimberghi Gino Sinimberghi ... Beppe (singing voice)
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Recounts the tragedy of Canio, the lead clown in a commedia dell'arte troupe, his wife Nedda, and her lover, Silvio.

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A new and exciting version of Leoncavallo's complete score and story exactly as he conceived it...filmed in the mountains of Italy.

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

16 April 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love of a Clown - Pagliacci See more »

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Production Co:

Itala Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of the first versions of a complete opera filmed partially in outdoor settings, rather than on a stage or a film set. See more »

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Version of Pagliacci (1998) See more »

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An inspired rendition of a popular opera
3 December 2015 | by ricbigiSee all my reviews

Mario Costa's PAGLIACCI (1948) is a very satisfying, inspired film adaptation of Ruggero Leoncavallo's popular opera (1892) of the same title. Taking the action outdoors in the beautiful Italian countryside, Costa adds lots of local color to an already exuberant setting by having the townspeople dress in typical Calabrian costumes, thus intensifying the authenticity of the opera's historical locale. To my mind, given the technical difficulties of filming in post-war Italy, this film is a miracle of perfection. Mario Bava's cinematography is breathtaking, making expert use of light and shadow with great sensibility. The sound in the DVD currently available is the best one can have, although I believe that, with adequate means, both image and sound could be rendered even more pristine. My greatest enjoyment, however, derives from the actors: Tito Gobbi (Tonio, Silvio), Afro Poli (Canio) and Gina Lollobrigida (Nedda). Gobbi is wonderful in his dual role. Both Poli and Lollobrigida fill the screen with just the right charge of magnetism. Lollobrigida's Nedda is indeed a grateful surprise, given the fact that the actress was totally inexperienced then. In her second speaking part, Lollobrigida already shows all the qualities that would make her a national and international star in just a few years.


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