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Puccini (1984)

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In Torre del Lago, by Lake Massaciuccoli, Puccini is writing "The Girl of the Golden West" when his wife Elvira accuses him of a dalliance with their maid, Doria Manfredi, a young women ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Stephens ... Giacomo Puccini
Virginia McKenna ... Elvira
Judith Howarth Judith Howarth ... Doria / Liu
Robert Urquhart ... Doria's Father
Bill Fraser Bill Fraser ... Fucini, the Lawyer
William Squire ... Giacchi, the Doctor
Peter Woodthorpe ... Umberto Manfredi
Andrew Cruickshank Andrew Cruickshank ... Father Michelucci
Phil McCall Phil McCall ... Gnicche
Rupert Graves ... Tonio
Ronald Pickup ... Giulio Ricordi
Kay Gallie Kay Gallie ... Doria's Mother
Juliette James Juliette James ... Woman in 'Hotel Bristol'
Zanna Wilford Zanna Wilford ... Her Daughter
Lisa Bergmayr Lisa Bergmayr ... Elvira's Relations


In Torre del Lago, by Lake Massaciuccoli, Puccini is writing "The Girl of the Golden West" when his wife Elvira accuses him of a dalliance with their maid, Doria Manfredi, a young women from town. Although the maestro is frequently unfaithful, he denies the affair; Elvira insists she's right and publicly hounds Doria. Between scenes in this domestic drama that turns tragic, we watch a Scottish company rehearse and stage "Turandot," Puccini's last opera. The film finds parallels between the two stories and suggests that in the opera, Puccini expresses love for his wife and guilt in Doria's fate. Three local gentlemen provide a spoken chorus as Puccini's score plays throughout. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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(Scottish Opera)
Music by Giacomo Puccini (uncredited)
Tudandot: Linda Esther Gray, Phyllis Cannan
Calaf: Eduardo Alvares
Liu: Marie Slorach
Ping: Alan Oke
Pang: Hugh Hetherington
Pong: Gordon Christie
Timur: Willard White
Emperor/Father: John Robertson
Mandarin: Norman White
Chorus: The Scottish Opera Chorus
Chorus director: Ian Robertson
Orchestra: The Scottish Opera Orchestra
Leader: Angus Andrson
Conducted by Alexander Gibson (as Sir Alexander Gibson CBE)
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Fascinating but imperfect
25 August 2011 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I love opera and Puccini's music, and I like a lot of these actors here, so of course I wanted to see Puccini. I found it fascinating and interesting, but it wasn't perfect by all means. The camera work could have been cleaner and sharper than it was, the pace was rather leaden at times and the production sequence despite the wonderful voices and music was rather amateurish in how it was staged. However, the scenery and costumes are lovely, and the music is gorgeous. The trial sequence was interesting too, the writing was overall good and thoughtful and there is a good cast with the likes Virginia McKenna, Rupert Graves, Peter Woodthorpe and Ronald Pickup in support and Robert Stephens in a larger-than-life and believable lead performance. Overall, imperfect but I found it very interesting. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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