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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.


Mario Costa


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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)


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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Release Date:

16 April 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love of a Clown - Pagliacci See more »

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Itala Film See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Version of Airs de France: Paillasse (1960) See more »

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My favorite 'Pagliacci' - Great Gobi, glorious Gina!
18 September 2003 | by kulturnisSee all my reviews

From the simpler days when cinematography focused on story and acting rather than gadgets and special effects. I paid to see this movie over a dozen times, in the days when home movies were not even a dream, except for the very rich. And even then, cellulloid would deteriorate in time.

This was my first exposure to Gina Lollobrigida, in my teens. What a discovery! And since then, this has remained one of my favorite opera performances, bar none. Simple, to the heart, well sung. And black and white definitely projected the story focusing on emotion, rather than landscape. Too bad the VHS version is missing the revealing spoken introduction we saw in the movie house. If anyone knows if it is available, I'd like to know.

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