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Tosca's Kiss (1984)

Il Bacio di Tosca (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary, Music | 24 July 1985 (USA)
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Meet the inhabitants of the "Casa di Riposa" in Milan, the world's first nursing home for retired opera singers, founded by composer Giuseppe Verdi in 1896. In his documentary film Tosca's ... See full summary »


Daniel Schmid
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Giuseppe Manacchini Giuseppe Manacchini
Leonida Bellon Leonida Bellon
Salvatore Locapo Salvatore Locapo
Giovanni Puligheddu Giovanni Puligheddu ... (as Giovanni Erminio Puligheddu)
Sara Scuderi Sara Scuderi
Gaetano Annoni Gaetano Annoni
Maria Baglio Maria Baglio
Della Benning Della Benning
Marina Bertelli Marina Bertelli
Ida Bida Ida Bida
Irma Colasanti Irma Colasanti
Bruna Noce Bruna Noce
Ada Perugia Ada Perugia
Cesare Perugia Cesare Perugia
Giuseppina Sani Giuseppina Sani


Meet the inhabitants of the "Casa di Riposa" in Milan, the world's first nursing home for retired opera singers, founded by composer Giuseppe Verdi in 1896. In his documentary film Tosca's Kiss, which has developed an underground cult following over the years and is a favorite among opera and music lovers worldwide, director Daniel Schmid has captured a world in which these wonderful singers (many of whom had significant careers on the opera stage) re-live and re-enact their triumphant roles of the glorious past. Tosca's Kiss is a touching and often hilarious film on the subject of aging and the power and timeless capacity of music to inspire. Written by Anonymous

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Memoirs of the Italian Opera by the singers and musicians of the Casa Verdi, Milan.


Documentary | Music


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24 July 1985 (USA) See more »

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$418, 8 June 2014

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Resonates far beyond the Opera world
29 March 2007 | by DAHLRUSSELLSee all my reviews

A moving and often very funny documentary. While it focuses on people who have "survived" and outlived an opera career, I think it has tremendous relevance for any of us in the performance/performing arts. There is much relevance here to the short span of a "good career", how older stars are pushed out by younger ones, while still in their prime.

The husband and wife team have a really eloquent moment of unspoken tension as he refuses to let her have the limelight and ultimately steals the camera from her face as she resignedly looks to the director for help. I would have loved to hear more of what she had to say without the ham present.

My only quibble is that the harpist is unidentified although she is interviewed, and she is also not identified in the bonus materials.

I plan to give this DVD as a gift to two people. One marvelous side effect is wanting to look up recordings of these singers. Some of them still have moving powerful voices, imagine them at the height of their skill!

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