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Puccini (1953)

Produced in Italy in breathtaking Technicolor, this biographical story of Puccini (played by L'avventura's Gabriele Ferzetti) spans his creative life from early student days to the height ... See full summary »

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Giacomo Puccini
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Elvira Puccini
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Cristina Vernini
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Giocondo
Myriam Bru ...
Delia
Sergio Tofano ...
Giulio Ricordi
Mimo Billi ...
Fanelli
Silvio Bagolini ...
Gianni
Alessandro Fersen ...
Padre di Delia
Jacques Famery ...
Antonio Puccini
Carlo Duse ...
Boito
Piero Palermini ...
Fontana
Oscar Andriani ...
Giacosa
René Clermont ...
Illica
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Enrico
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Produced in Italy in breathtaking Technicolor, this biographical story of Puccini (played by L'avventura's Gabriele Ferzetti) spans his creative life from early student days to the height of success, including his early flop Madama Butterfly and his incomplete Turandot. Along the way he encounters three women who change his life, including a sexy, beautiful singer (Two for the Road's Nadia Gray) whom he drops for a small town girl (Sirocco's Marta Toren), and a servant girl who commits suicide over him. Well-selected excerpts from Manon, La Boheme, Madama Butterfly and Turandot are featured along with other Puccini music, including the voice of Beniamino Gigli. Sets, costumes and production values are first class, all sumptuously filmed by Claude Renoir. Written by Anonymous

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Likeable biopic.

This romantic biography of the great Italian operatic composer Giacomo Puccini was directed by the same gentleman who gave us the 1955 MADAMA BUTTERFLY, Carmine Gallone, who made a virtual career in the Italian cinema directing operatic and music-related dramas. Puccini, composer of many of the most beloved Italian operas including TOSCA, LA BOHEME, MADAMA BUTTERFLY, and TURANDOT, is played here as a handsome womanizer by Gabriele Ferzetti. Ferzetti's most famous role would be that of the male lead in Antonioni's L'AVVENTURA. Marta Toren plays the long-suffering wife of the philandering composer. The movie features plenty of music in addition to the romance, and we are treated, through operatic excerpts, to the voices of Beniamino Gigli, Nelly Corradi, Antonietta Stella, and Gino Sinimberghi. It was shot in lovely Technicolor and while it does not expand our basic knowledge of the composer or boast great depth, it is a pleasant, entertaining feature. It is also known as TWO LOVES HAD I and THE LIFE OF PUCCINI.


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