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The Life and Music of Giuseppe Verdi (1953)

Giuseppe Verdi (original title)
Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, Music | 1 May 1957 (USA)
The great Italian opera composer recalls his eventful life on his deathbed: his childhood in Busseto, his studies in Milan, his first opera "Oberto, conte di San Bonifacio", the death of ... See full summary »

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Leonardo Benvenuti (as Leo Benvenuti), Liana Ferri | 5 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Pierre Cressoy Pierre Cressoy ... Giuseppe Verdi
Anna Maria Ferrero ... Margherita Barezzi Verdi
Gaby André ... Giuseppina Strepponi
Sandro Ruffini ... Impr. Marelli
Camillo Pilotto Camillo Pilotto ... Antonio Barezzi
Laura Gore Laura Gore ... Berberina Streppono
Loris Gizzi Loris Gizzi ... Gioacchino Rossini
Emilio Cigoli Emilio Cigoli ... Gaetano Donizetti
Irene Genna Irene Genna ... Violetta
Mario Del Monaco Mario Del Monaco ... tenore - Francesco Tamagno
Tito Gobbi Tito Gobbi ... Singer - baritone
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The great Italian opera composer recalls his eventful life on his deathbed: his childhood in Busseto, his studies in Milan, his first opera "Oberto, conte di San Bonifacio", the death of his wife and his children killed by smallpox. Written by Salvatore Santangelo <pappagone2@libero.it>

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

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1 May 1957 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Ferraniacolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A memorable movie.
25 November 2006 | by pcwagener-1See all my reviews

I am wondering if this is the same 'Verdi' I saw in 1960? It begins with the most dramatic opening scene I have ever seen in a movie. Late at night a carriage passes through the city, but the cobbled surface is covered with straw. A passenger calls out to the coachman, "What is all the straw doing on the road?" The coachman bends over, and with his finger across his lips, whispers: "The maestro is dying." The scene then changes to a window, through which one sees Verdi on his deathbed. Later, another scene with the first performance of Nabucco. During the Slaves' Chorus, the whole Italian audience rises to shout defiance at the Hapsburg rulers and demand their independence.

Great stuff, but is it the same Verdi?


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