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Cenerentola (1949)

When Alidoro weaves his magic spell, everything falls into place.


Fernando Cerchio


Piero Ballerini (screenplay), Angelo Besozzi (screenplay) | 5 more credits »


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Cast overview:
Gino Del Signore Gino Del Signore ... Don Ramiro, Prince of Salerno
Afro Poli Afro Poli ... Dandini, the Prince's valet
Enrico Formichi Enrico Formichi ... Alidoro, Magician, Philosopher and Court Counselor
Vito De Taranto Vito De Taranto ... Don Magnifico, Baron of Montefiascone, stepfather of Cenerentola
Lori Landi Lori Landi ... Cenerentola
Fiorella Carmen Forti Fiorella Carmen Forti ... Clorinda, stepsister of Cenerentola
Franca Tamantini ... Tisbe, stepsister of Cenerentola
Fedora Barbieri Fedora Barbieri ... Cenerentola (singing voice)
Fernanda Cadoni Azzolin Fernanda Cadoni Azzolin ... Tisbe (singing voice)


When Alidoro, the Magician, discovers (through his 'hidden secrets' book) the location of the destined bride of the Prince, Don Ramiro, he sends this information in a message to the palace by carrier pigeon - with a recommendation that the Prince change places with his valet, Dandini. Following this advice, the Prince meets Cenerentola - and there is an instant attraction between them. Later, Alidoro magically creates beautiful clothes and jewels for Cenerentola, and takes her to the Prince's palace. Dandini (still pretending to be the prince) becomes enamored of her, but Cenerentola rejects his advances, saying that she loves his 'valet'. Overhearing this, the delighted Ramiro asks her to marry him, but Cenerentola says that he must first seek her out, and gives him a bracelet - telling him to look for the companion bracelet on her right arm. The Prince and Dandini resume their true identities, and the Prince sets out on his quest - little realising that Alidoro is, once again, '... Written by David McAnally <D.McAnally@uq.net.au>

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Featuring the voice of Barbieri of the Metropolitan and the magnificent Rome Opera Company.


Comedy | Music | Romance







Release Date:

14 May 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La Cenerentola See more »

Filming Locations:

Monza, Milan, Lombardia, Italy See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Version of La Cenerentola (1988) See more »

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A beautifully done early opera film of one of Rossini's masterpieces
5 January 2014 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

La Cenerentola is one of Rossini's best operas, it has a fun, charming story, which admittedly takes a few viewings to completely get(my first exposure to the opera was five years ago and some of the story did confuse me then, not now though), and some of Rossini's most beautiful and most virtuosic music. While not a first choice, Ponnelle's film version gets that honour, this film is beautifully done. It does deserve a better video though the picture is not always sharp enough and the camera work is at times too simple. The sets are pretty and detailed if sometimes with a studio-set look and the costumes are lovely too. The music sparkles with the orchestra playing with such lushness and energetic style while Olivier De Fabrittis's conducting is paced with assurance and flow while not making the technical demands of the music too difficult for the singers. The comedy is always entertaining to watch, never with too much of a stage-bound look. The staging of Magnifico's Dream, in puppet form, is cleverly done and will delight younger audiences. There is English narration too, usually that would be a distraction but for an early film and considering some people mayn't as familiar with the opera(there are changes to the story and it is still magical while also being more complicated) it was a good thing to do. The acting can be broad sometimes but the actors seem to be enjoying themselves, Magnifico is menacing and funny and Cenerentola is a beautiful woman. The singing is top drawer with the standouts being the most experienced ones Fedora Barbieri and Afro Poli, two singers with big-sized and appealing voices that are capable of agility, suited perfectly for comic and dramatic roles(Giuseppe Taddei fits under this distinction as well). Barberi is very charming and expressive while Poli is sly and charismatic with great comic timing. Overall, not a first choice but still beautifully done. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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