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For the First Time (1959)

Unrated | | Musical | 26 August 1959 (USA)
The brilliance of one of the world's most beloved tenors and the exciting world of opera highlight this delightful romantic adventure set in the most beautiful cities of Europe. Tonio Costa... See full summary »

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Rudolph Maté

Writer:

Andrew Solt
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Cast

Cast overview:
Mario Lanza ... Tonio Costa
Johanna von Koczian ... Christa
Kurt Kasznar ... Ladislas Tabory
Hans Söhnker ... Prof. Bruckner (as Hans Sonker)
Annie Rosar ... Mathilde Faktotum
Sandro Giglio Sandro Giglio ... Alessandro
Walter Rilla ... Dr. Bessart
Renzo Cesana Renzo Cesana ... Angelo
Peter Capell ... Leopold Hübner
Gisella Mathews Gisella Mathews
Michael Cosmo Michael Cosmo ... Aldo
Carlo Rizzo Carlo Rizzo
John Stein John Stein
Manfred Schaeffer Manfred Schaeffer ... (as Manfred Schaffer)
Zsa Zsa Gabor ... Gloria De Vadnuz
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The brilliance of one of the world's most beloved tenors and the exciting world of opera highlight this delightful romantic adventure set in the most beautiful cities of Europe. Tonio Costa (Mario Lanza), the temperamental darling of the opera world, is forever missing performances because of impromptu street concerts and endless parties. But Tonio's carefree ways change when he falls in love with Christa, a beautiful deaf girl. Christa refuses to marry him until she can hear his sublime voice. So they embark upon a whirlwind concert tour of Europe where Christa consults with specialists while Tonio sings his heart out. Their love grows stronger and they realize that as long as they are together they can face whatever the future holds. Lush, exotic locations, fabulous operatic performances and the magic of Mario Lanza give this sparkling love story the look and sound of enchantment. Written by Anonymous

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His NEW Singing Romance!

Genres:

Musical

Certificate:

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Country:

Italy | West Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 August 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Sänger von Capri See more »

Filming Locations:

Austria See more »

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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

While names are being read by the judge after the bar brawl, the next name called after Mario Lanza's character's name is called is Alfred Cocozza. Lanza's real name is Alfred Cocozza. See more »

Quotes

Gloria De Vadnuz: Tonio, darling, lets cut out this foolishness. Let's have some fun! I am going to give a party for you tomorrow. Just a few intimate friends. And then you come up to my villa.
Tonio Costa: You have a villa in Capri? Since when?
Gloria De Vadnuz: I don't know. I think I inherited it. I have nine bedrooms! How would you like to be my house guest?
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Soundtracks

Ich Liebe Dich
(uncredited)
Music by Edvard Grieg
Sung by Mario Lanza
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For the 1st Time- One of Mario's Lasts ***
9 September 2006 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

The voice of Mario Lanza carries this nicely done film. The plot is a good one as a unreliable opera star finds love with a deaf mute girl.

Lanza was also a pretty good actor.

Zsa Zsa Gabor is in this one as a countess. She looks young but when she speaks, you think it's sister Eva talking from the "Green Acres" television show.

Lanza sings a variety of songs. His singing of the opera Othello is superb. I have to confess that I laughed when I saw a "dead" Desdemona besides him. The latter looked like a younger version of former Secretary of State Madeleine Allbright.

Our deaf mute gains her hearing only to lose it again with fiancée Mario blaming himself. The plot becomes silly when Mario begins a bar-room brawl and then the patrons of the bar try to exonerate him in court.

Sit back and listen to that beautiful golden voice of the late Lanza. What a talent was lost when he left us so unexpectedly.


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