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House of Ricordi (1954)

Casa Ricordi (original title)
Nel 1807, a Milano, Giovanni Ricordi, dopo aver comprato a Lipsia una nuova stampante, in cambio dell'impegno a lavorare gratis per il Teatro La Scala, ottiene tutti i manoscritti musicali ... See full summary »


Carmine Gallone


Agenore Incrocci (story and screenplay) (as Age), Furio Scarpelli (story and screenplay) (as Scarpelli) | 4 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Roland Alexandre Roland Alexandre ... Gioachino Rossini (as Roland Alexandre de la Comedie Française)
Myriam Bru Myriam Bru ... Luisa Lewis
Elisa Cegani Elisa Cegani ... Giuseppina Strepponi
Andrea Checchi ... Giulio Ricordi
Danièle Delorme Danièle Delorme ... Maria
Gabriele Ferzetti ... Giacomo Puccini
Fosco Giachetti ... Giuseppe Verdi
Renzo Giovampietro Renzo Giovampietro ... Tito Ricordi
Nadia Gray ... Giulia Grisi
Roldano Lupi Roldano Lupi ... Domenico Barbaja
Marcello Mastroianni ... Gaetano Donizetti
Micheline Presle ... Virginia Marchi
Maurice Ronet ... Vincenzo Bellini
Paolo Stoppa Paolo Stoppa ... Giovanni Ricordi
Märta Torén ... Isabella Colbran (as Marta Toren)


Nel 1807, a Milano, Giovanni Ricordi, dopo aver comprato a Lipsia una nuova stampante, in cambio dell'impegno a lavorare gratis per il Teatro La Scala, ottiene tutti i manoscritti musicali che giacciono negli scantinati del Teatro. Ha inizio così la dinastia musicale della Casa Ricordi che vediamo svolgersi per tutto l'ottocento con Giovanni e Tito e Giulio e con i grandi dell'opera italiana: da Rossini a Bellini con la sua morte precoce, da Donizetti a Verdi e alla sua crisi all'avvento della musica nuova di Wagner, per finire il secolo con Puccini all'ombra della torre Eiffel. Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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"HOUSE OF RICORDI" tells of passionate loves and violent jealousies, and of the beautiful women who inspired the music of the immortals. It vividly recreates the drama, turbulence, romance and musical brilliance of an age of splendor. See more »


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Italy | France



Release Date:

1 December 1954 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Milan, Lombardia, Italy See more »

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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Finnish visa # 48599. See more »


La bohème
Composed by Giacomo Puccini
Sung by Renata Tebaldi as Mimi
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24 May 2002 | by ViajanteSee all my reviews

Being an "oriundo", that is, of Italian ascendance, I was taken as a boy to watch this movie by my parents who were extremely fond of any kind of music -- and of Italian music most of all. I thought that the movie was beautiful but not so interesting, at least for a child of 9 or 10 as I was then. However, I had the good fortune of watching this movie again as a grown-up at a special showing, and what a revelation it was! What seemed only beautiful back then was now not only quite interesting too but, on top of that, also a very delightful way of being introduced to (or renewing your contact with) the endless magic of the world of opera. The movie tells us in rich detail how in 1807, in Milano, Giovanni Ricordi made a deal with the Teatro La Scala to print all the music sheet for them, in exchange for the handwritten works of whichever composer and musician hired by the Theater.

Lovingly directed by Carmine Gallone, who was originally an opera director, the movie shows us how the musical dynasty of the Casa Ricordi Publishers was born, and the amazing quantity of talent this organization worked with: Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi, Puccini, and so on. The best moment for me is the staging of the "La Calunnia" aria with the great Tito Gobbi as the playback singer, where Gallone combines both operatic and movie effects to convey the idea that "slandering is a little wind that builds up to a terrible storm to destroy lives and reputations".

It is worth mentioning as well that art director Mario Garbuglia and cinematographer Giuseppe Rotunno managed to create a real feast for the eyes with their work in this movie. I've been trying to get a copy of it to no avail for decades now. When is it going to be released on DVD? It is imperative that it comes with subtitles in Italian so we opera lovers can best appreciate all the flavor of the original lyrics, please. It's about time someone gives us this neglected gem on DVD...

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