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Aida (1953)

Approved | | Musical | 8 October 1954 (USA)
Aida, featuring the actress Sophia Loren, is a film adaptation of a theatre performance written by Verdi. The plot revolves around the character Radames who falls in love with what he ... See full summary »

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... Aida
Renata Tebaldi ... Aida (singing voice)
... Amneris
Ebe Stignani ... Amneris (singing voice)
Luciano Della Marra ... Radamès
Giuseppe Campora ... Radamès (singing voice)
Afro Poli ... Amonasro
Gino Bechi ... Amonasro (singing voice)
Antonio Cassinelli ... Ramfis
Giulio Neri ... Ramfis (singing voice)
Enrico Formichi ... Il Faraone [The Pharaoh]
Domenico Balini ... Il messagero
Paolo Caroli ... Il messagero (singing voice)
Marisa Valenti ... Un'ancella
Giovanna Russo ... Un'ancella (voice)
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Aida, featuring the actress Sophia Loren, is a film adaptation of a theatre performance written by Verdi. The plot revolves around the character Radames who falls in love with what he thinks is a slave in a country his armies has conquered. The young woman is actually the daughter of the leader he ousted. Written by Red Haircrow

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Renata Tebaldi was originally going to play Aida herself, but backed out. See more »

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Version of Aïda (1977) See more »

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Handsome film production of Verdi's classic Aida succeeds in making grand opera more accessible to the masses.
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The whole point of making this film, one of the earliest and best international color releases of cinematic opera, was to make it more accessible to the masses. And it succeeded admirably in doing so. The general public would not sit still for a love story about two young exotic lovers in ancient Egypt if played by the typical 300 pound over 40 tenor and soprano with the vocal equipment to sing the glorious music properly. Hence the visual substitution of the beautiful principals (a young Loren, handsome Della Marra, and a slinky Ms. Maxwell)who make the story much more believable, giving those not familiar with the plot or the music a better chance at being wooed into the lovely arias who otherwise might not be. Altogether, an enchanting introduction to one of Verdi's great works. I remember seeing this when I was in junior high school and it certainly awakened my interest in opera, a form with which I was then not well acquainted. I still regard this film fondly and would recommend it highly to those who might appreciate the great music accompanied by better than average visuals. Luciano Della Marra was a standout as Radames, and unfortunately for audiences did not appear in any other films.


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