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Il giovane Toscanini (1988)

A fanciful biopic of legendary conductor Arturo Toscanini as a very young man.

Director:

Franco Zeffirelli

Writers:

William Stadiem (scenario) (as William H. Stadiem), Franco Zeffirelli (original idea) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
C. Thomas Howell ... Arturo
Elizabeth Taylor ... Nadina
Sophie Ward ... Margherita
John Rhys-Davies ... Rossi
Pat Heywood Pat Heywood ... Madre Allegri
Philippe Noiret ... Dom Pedro
Franco Nero ... Claudio Toscanini
Carlo Bergonzi Carlo Bergonzi ... Bertini
Irma Capece Minutolo Irma Capece Minutolo ... Signora Mantelli
Nicolas Chagrin Nicolas Chagrin ... M° Miguez
Simon Gregor Simon Gregor ... Carlino
Leon Lissek ... M° Superti
Elsa Agalbato Elsa Agalbato ... Paola Toscanini
Andrea Aureli ... Comparsa
Luciano Bacchielli Luciano Bacchielli ... Comparsa
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Storyline

In Rio de Janeiro in 1886, eighteen-year-old conductor Arturo Toscanini, in Brazil on an orchestra tour, is torn between an aging soprano attempting a comeback and a mistress his own age. Opera diva Nadina Bulichoff has interrupted her stage career for Dom Pedro II the emperor of Brazil. When Toscanini begins to coach his childhood idol for a return to the stage in "Aida," Nadina has fallen into deep depression. The conductor is instrumental in her transformation as her performance proves an ultimate triumph and she is back the top of her art. Written by alfiehitchie

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Genres:

Biography | Drama

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 1988 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

El joven Toscanini See more »

Filming Locations:

Italy See more »

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Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Soundtracks

William Tell: Overture
Music by Gioachino Rossini
Conducted by Eugene Kohn
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Obscure Zeffirelli
25 June 2003 | by BloodfordraculaSee all my reviews

This film is the great Franco Zeffirelli's most obscure film and one of his most underrated. C Thomas Howell gives a very good performance as Toscanini. It has beautiful photography, great sets, locations and costumes. The film's only weakness is the script. Some parts are a bit too melodramatic. Although not his best, this film is better than Zeffirelli's ENDLESS LOVE and his latest film CALLAS FOREVER. A good film overall and worth seeing if you're a Zeffirelli or Toscanini fan. An 8 out of 10.


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