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Elisa di Rivombrosa 

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The love story of Elisa Scalzi, a woman honest but poor and Conte Fabrizio Ristori, a very rich man. Their love is obstacled by a congioure and Lucrezia, a woman who also fall in love with Fabrizio.
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Vittoria Puccini ...  Elisa Scalzi 26 episodes, 2003-2005
Jane Alexander Jane Alexander ...  Lucrezia Van Necker Beauville 20 episodes, 2003-2005
Alessandro Preziosi Alessandro Preziosi ...  Conte Fabrizio Ristori 15 episodes, 2003-2005
Luca Ward ...  Ottavio Ranieri 15 episodes, 2003-2005
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The love story of Elisa Scalzi, a woman honest but poor and Conte Fabrizio Ristori, a very rich man. Their love is obstacled by a congioure and Lucrezia, a woman who also fall in love with Fabrizio.

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Official Sites:

Official site [Italy]

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

17 December 2003 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Elisa See more »

Filming Locations:

Castello, Agliè, Italy

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EUR17,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(26 episodes)

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Stereo

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Color

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16:9
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First shown in Germany in 2008 (NDR, start Feb 5, 2008). See more »

Quotes

Elisa di Rivombrosa: Sometimes, Christian, you scare me
Christian Grey: No, I don't believe it. You never get scared
Elisa di Rivombrosa: It's pointless. You don't understand
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Connections

Spin-off La figlia di Elisa - Ritorno a Rivombrosa (2007) See more »

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Brilliant
5 January 2011 | by Mademoiselle_LemonSee all my reviews

I stumbled upon "Elisa di Rivombrosa" after exhausting pretty much all of the English-language period dramas. Having seen British adaptations of classic novels countless times (everything from Austen to Hardy to Forster), I found this loose take on Samuel Richardson's "Pamela" and decided to give it a go. Anglophone viewers will appreciate its similarities to the period films that we're familiar with - gorgeous costumes and beautiful music, plots about virtue and vice, etc - but I'd also argue that "Elisa" offers a refreshing amount of fun and intrigue that most recent English-language period films are lacking (often more a result of the sobering sort of stories adapted than of any fault of the filmmakers). "Elisa di Rivombrosa" manages to be both entertaining and mildly intellectual and profound - in an unobtrusive, unpretentious sort of a way. It is playful and serious, and unabashedly exaggerated - without being ridiculous or Barbara Cartland-y. This approach is perfect for the source content (a sentimental novel, after all), and results in a thoroughly captivating and creative work.

An intriguing story with unexpected twists and turns, "Elisa" has a multitude of well-integrated subplots, lively and likable characters, and excellent performances. It has humor and suspense, and moments that pull at your heart strings. Admittedly, the plot isn't always very plausible, but "Elisa" is a soap opera (and doesn't try to disguise the fact), so the somewhat far-fetched events and over-the-top emotions are entirely forgivable and, indeed, beneficial to the atmosphere and pace of the drama. The costumes are attractive and varied, without being distracting, and the music is perfect (beautiful and original, but not a crutch to elicit the viewer's emotional reactions, as the performances are good enough to do that alone).

There's a lot of cheesy romantic dialogue, thwarting of the baddies' schemes, and energetic, rollicking adventure. In short, it's an excellent and entertaining piece of television, a period drama fan's dream come true, and I highly recommend it.

10/10


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