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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
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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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Release Date:

24 July 1985 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$909, 8 August 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,670, 3 October 2014
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Referenced in Quartet (2012) See more »

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Italian opera from the inside
13 August 2006 | by mundsenSee all my reviews

This is a delight; worth seeking out if you have the chance and the inclination.

The Casa Verdi is a retirement home for aging and impecunious Italian opera singers. This is a documentary about the institution and some of its denizens in the early eighties.

Most documentaries about artists end up being a bit 'precious'. This is about a pack of old hams who know they're hams: they play to the camera, they 'find their lights' like old pros. There's a pecking order in the place, from the lowly chorus member sculling soup ("the chorus is the most important part of the opera company", she opines) right up to the near-star Sara Scuderi.

These people all have music and performing in their blood; it's a total part of their identities. Somehow it's a wonderful demonstration of how music gets under the skin of its performers, and never leaves them, even when the ability to perform it diminishes.

In the opera, "Tosca's Kiss" is the kiss of death; but this is a film about living.

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