Vienna, 1924: Puccini, the world-famous composer of operas finds a confidante in the journalist Liza Berman, who will accompany him on a trip into his past: The unrequited love he feels for Elvira, a married woman, who secretly returns his feelings. As a 20-year-old he is living in Milan, in bitter poverty, and barely struggles along as a musician, but upon finishing his studies he makes quite an impression. Full of hope he applies to take part in a contest for opera composers, but he is turned down. Puccini had firmly counted on winning the prize money and now faces financial straits. Thanks to the librettist Fontana, his one-act opera "Le Villi" is performed all the same. The established music publisher Ricordi now commissions Puccini to write the opera "Edgar", which turns out a flop. When Elvira leaves her husband to live with Puccini, the lovers are beset by feelings of guilt. Puccini begins to doubt himself, but due to Ricordi's support, Puccini can write in peace. Soon he ...Written by
A beautiful film. Seductive cinematography, nice performances, the spirit of Italian biographic film - hommage to lead character, few personal life aspects, sparkles and delicate story. But, in same measure, superficiality. The desire to make a charming film is obvious but it is not exactly always convincing. Eulogy to the memory of Puccini, it use the pink in few fundamental moments to easy , giving more a sketch than a portrait. Sure, it is , in many scenes, a kind of jazz improvisation because the flashbacks are not real well used and the connections between characters are so far to be strong. A beautiful sketch. Seductive. Maybe not convincing.
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