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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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Clemente Fracassi

Writers:

Carlo Castelli (screenplay), Anna Gobbi (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sophia Loren ... Aida
Renata Tebaldi ... Aida (singing voice)
Lois Maxwell ... Amneris
Ebe Stignani Ebe Stignani ... Amneris (singing voice)
Luciano Della Marra Luciano Della Marra ... Radamès
Giuseppe Campora Giuseppe Campora ... Radamès (singing voice)
Afro Poli Afro Poli ... Amonasro
Gino Bechi Gino Bechi ... Amonasro (singing voice)
Antonio Cassinelli Antonio Cassinelli ... Ramfis
Giulio Neri Giulio Neri ... Ramfis (singing voice)
Enrico Formichi Enrico Formichi ... Il Faraone [The Pharaoh]
Domenico Balini Domenico Balini ... Il messagero
Paolo Caroli Paolo Caroli ... Il messagero (singing voice)
Giovanna Russo Giovanna Russo ... Un'ancella (voice)
Alba Arnova Alba Arnova ... Dancer
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Storyline

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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1st Spectacular Opera Film in COLOR! See more »

Genres:

Musical

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

8 October 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aida See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

Company Credits

Production Co:

Oscar Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Ferraniacolor: negatives)| Color (Technicolor: prints)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Sophia Loren lip-synched to the playback of Renata Tebaldi's recordings of the opera so that it appeared Sophia was actually singing. See more »

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Version of Aida (1911) See more »

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How could they get this so wrong
25 July 2007 | by lou-238See all my reviews

On paper this looks like a dream of an opera. The voices of Tebaldi and Campora being mimed by Loren and Della Mara on a big screen production, its just got to be sublime, hasn't it? Unfortunately it fails miserably. Loren is simply lost in her role;Tebaldi would have been far better but I suspect she had read the final draft of the screen play, and Della Mara looked more toy-boy than rugged hero. Wait! there is still Verdi's music allied to those wonderful voices,yes they are there if you like your opera in snatches and excerpts, but if not you will quickly lose patience. For example I just happen to believe that one of the most glorious pieces of music is the Nume custode in the first act of Aida. Radames is in the temple and receives the sword and insignia which he dedicates to Ra for the forthcoming battle. The scene is a magnificent Bass-Tenor-Chorus ensemble; opera at its finest. Do not look for it in this film, it is cut, no tenor no chorus just a perfunctory handing over of the sword. Here you are son- Cheers guvnor. No this will not do, it is pretty dire stuff for any poor soul who thinks this might be a half decent stab at bringing opera to the screen


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