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F-0120

Title:

The Great Caruso

Category:

S

Produced:

1951

Country:

USA

Released:

Apr 1951 (film, USA)

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writer:

William Ludwig (suggested by book "Biography of her Husband" by Dorothy Caruso); Dorothy Caruso (novel Enrico Caruso his Life and his Death - uncredited)

Actors:

Mario Lanza (Enrico Caruso); Ann Blyth (Dorothy Benjamin); Dorothy Kirsten (Louise Heggar); Jarmila Novotna (Maria Selka); Richard Hageman (Carlo Santi); Carl Benton Reid (Park Benjamin); Eduard Franz (Guilio Gatti-Casazza); Ludwig Donath (Alfredo Brazzi); Alan Napier (Jean de Reszke); Pál Jávor (Antonio Scotti - as Paul Javor); Carl Milletaire (Gino); Shepard Menken (Fucito); Vincent Renno (Tullio); Nestor Paiva (Egisto Barretto); Peter Price (Caruso as a boy - as Peter Edward Price); Mario Siletti (Papa Caruso); Angela Clarke (Mama Caruso); Ian Wolfe (Hutchins); Yvette Duguay (Musetta); Argentina Brunetti (Mrs. Barretto); Blanche Thebom (Opera Montage(; Teresa Celli (Opera Montage); Nicola Moscona (Opera Montage); Giuseppe Valdengo (Opera Montage); Lucine Amara (Opera Montage); Marina Koshetz (Opera Montage)

Description:

Loosely traces the life of tenor Enrico Caruso (1873-1921). He loves Musetta, in his home town of Naples, and then Dorothy, the daughter of one of the Metropolitan Opera's patrons. Caruso is unacceptable to both women's fathers: to one, because he sings; to Dorothy's, because he is a peasant. To New York patricians, Caruso is short, barrel chested, loud, emotional, unrefined. Their appreciation comes slowly. The film depicts Caruso's lament that "the man does not have the voice, the voice has the man": he cannot be places he wants to be, because he must be elsewhere singing, including the day his mother dies. Throughout, Mario Lanza and stars from the Met sing. (jhailey}

Language:

English

Bach's Music:

"Magnificat"

Mario Lanza (Tenor)

"Ave Maria", by Charles Gounod, adopted from the Prelude No. 1 in C major from WTC 1, BWV 846
Mario Lanza (Tenor)

Film Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

Format:

Color (Technicolor) film | DVD (Full Screen, NTSC) | CD (Soundtrack)

VHS/DVD Label:

Soundtrack Factory [CD] | Classicline [DVD]

TT:

109 min

Comments:

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Buy movie at:

Amazon.com [DVD] | Amazon.com [CD]

Source/Links: IMDB
Contributor: Aryeh Oron (November 2007)

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