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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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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)


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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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 Cavalleria rusticana (1909) See more »

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For any Tito Gobbi fans, this Pagliacci is an absolute must!
16 May 2011 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I am a huge fan of the opera Pagliacci, it has a powerful story, great characters and above all amazing music. While I marginally prefer the 1968 and 1982 productions, this 1948 film is mighty fine as well. The costumes, sets and photography are excellent and as you would expect the music is phenomenal especially Vesti la guibba and Si Puo. When it comes to the acting and singing it is great, maybe the fact that the singing is separate to the acting takes some getting used to and the sound is not that great but mostly there are few or little problems. The singing for both Canio and Nedda is ideal and acting wise not only does Gina Lollobridgida look beautiful but shows a bitchy and vulnerable side to Nedda, and Afro Poli is a fine Canio. But Tito Gobbi as Tonio (and Silvio) is a revelation, while his voice isn't exactly the most powerful or most sensual, nor did it need to be, he had tremendous acting skills, strong musicianship and a sense of intelligence and intensity all of which are here. Here he is at his best in the prologue Si Puo which seamlessly sets the tone of the whole opera; while Leonard Warren, Robert Merrill and especially Sherrill Milnes(in the 1978 Met production) give very moving interpretations of this wonderful piece, Gobbi's(the middle of the aria has the most pathos sung by any baritone in my opinion) is in a different class. Overall, an absolute must for any fans of the opera and especially of Gobbi. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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