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Aida (1953)

Approved | | Musical | 8 October 1954 (USA)
Aida, featuring the actress Sophia Loren, is a film adaptation of a theatre performance written by Verdi. The plot revolves around the character Radames who falls in love with what he ... See full summary »

Director:

Clemente Fracassi

Writers:

Carlo Castelli (screenplay), Anna Gobbi (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sophia Loren ... Aida
Renata Tebaldi Renata Tebaldi ... Aida (singing voice)
Lois Maxwell ... Amneris
Ebe Stignani Ebe Stignani ... Amneris (singing voice)
Luciano Della Marra Luciano Della Marra ... Radamès
Giuseppe Campora Giuseppe Campora ... Radamès (singing voice)
Afro Poli Afro Poli ... Amonasro
Gino Bechi Gino Bechi ... Amonasro (singing voice)
Antonio Cassinelli Antonio Cassinelli ... Ramfis
Giulio Neri Giulio Neri ... Ramfis (singing voice)
Enrico Formichi Enrico Formichi ... Il Faraone [The Pharaoh]
Domenico Balini Domenico Balini ... Il messagero
Paolo Caroli Paolo Caroli ... Il messagero (singing voice)
Giovanna Russo Giovanna Russo ... Un'ancella (voice)
Alba Arnova Alba Arnova ... Dancer
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Aida, featuring the actress Sophia Loren, is a film adaptation of a theatre performance written by Verdi. The plot revolves around the character Radames who falls in love with what he thinks is a slave in a country his armies has conquered. The young woman is actually the daughter of the leader he ousted. Written by Red Haircrow

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Now it comes alive on the screen! A grand drama of passion and power...of the love of two women for one man in ancient Egypt! A cast of thousands! Superb voices! Wonderful performances! One of the memorable experiences of your lifetime! See more »

Genres:

Musical

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

8 October 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aida See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

Company Credits

Production Co:

Oscar Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Ferraniacolor: negatives)| Color (Technicolor: prints)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Sophia Loren lip-synched to the playback of Renata Tebaldi's recordings of the opera so that it appeared Sophia was actually singing. See more »

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Version of Aida (1992) See more »

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Handsome film production of Verdi's classic Aida succeeds in making grand opera more accessible to the masses.
4 May 2007 | by ccmiller1492See all my reviews

The whole point of making this film, one of the earliest and best international color releases of cinematic opera, was to make it more accessible to the masses. And it succeeded admirably in doing so. The general public would not sit still for a love story about two young exotic lovers in ancient Egypt if played by the typical 300 pound over 40 tenor and soprano with the vocal equipment to sing the glorious music properly. Hence the visual substitution of the beautiful principals (a young Loren, handsome Della Marra, and a slinky Ms. Maxwell)who make the story much more believable, giving those not familiar with the plot or the music a better chance at being wooed into the lovely arias who otherwise might not be. Altogether, an enchanting introduction to one of Verdi's great works. I remember seeing this when I was in junior high school and it certainly awakened my interest in opera, a form with which I was then not well acquainted. I still regard this film fondly and would recommend it highly to those who might appreciate the great music accompanied by better than average visuals. Luciano Della Marra was a standout as Radames, and unfortunately for audiences did not appear in any other films.


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