Puccini 1952

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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.

Starring:
Gabriele Ferzetti, Marta Toren
Runtime:
1 hour 46 minutes

Puccini

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Music
Director Carmine Gallone
Starring Gabriele Ferzetti, Marta Toren
Supporting actors Nadia Gray, Paolo Stoppa, Myriam Bru, Sergio Tofano, Mimo Billi, Silvio Bagolini, Alessandro Fersen, Jacques Famery, Carlo Duse, Piero Palermini, Oscar Andriani, René Clermont, Mario Feliciani, Renato Chiantoni, Attilio Dottesio, Amalia Pellegrini, Enrico Urbini, Evar Maran
Studio Egami
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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I'm doing the rest of you a favor in letting you know.
Joseph G. Mac Pherson
The only thing to do is to fast forward to the performance sequences and ignore the drama completely.
apt2full
There was not enough history which would have included exerpts from his great operas.
Ben J. Bostelman

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Victor Danemore on June 19, 2008
Format: DVD
This is an entertaining biography of the Italian libertine who gave us the great operas LA BOHEME, MADAMA BUTTERFLY, TOSCA and TURANDOT. Gabriele Ferzetti is competent as Giacomo Ferzetti. The stunning Swede Märta Torén, who left the USA after tiring of being type cast as a woman of mystery, plays the long-suffering wife of the composer and actually ages in this movie. (In real life, she died suddenly at age 31.) Nadia Gray portrays one of Puccini's lovers. The voices of Beniamino Gigli and other noted Italian opera singers of the era are heard throughout. Till a studio decides to produce a film with more depth and scope on this great Italian composer, like Columbia's SONG WITHOUT END on Franz Liszt, this French-Italian production will have to do.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joseph G. Mac Pherson on November 16, 2009
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I was expecting Post War Italian Cinema grandeur. I was hoping to see a gorgeous Technicolor production, with the sweep and passion of Puccini's music. Imagine my surprise and great dismay, to discover that every actor in this definitely Italian Film, was speaking American English! Badly dubbed English! How bad? You'd swear that microphones were set up on sound stages in the Bronx, or Brooklyn, Queens or New Jersey. I have nothing against those places, but honestly, why couldn't we have heard the original Italian actor's voices?? I was frantic to find a way to hear the film in Italian, thinking there might be subtitles. No such luck.
I thought, "Is the dubbing really that irritating? Can I give it another try?" So I did. Less than 20 minutes later I was done. Had I known in advance that the movie is dubbed, I never would have purchased it. I'm doing the rest of you a favor in letting you know. Maybe some day Kino or someone else will relaese it properly!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By apt2full on January 1, 2011
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Abysmal mastering on the DVD I saw places the reels way out of order. The only thing to do is to fast forward to the performance sequences and ignore the drama completely. Incoherent is the nice word. Shame on the publisher.
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This ego driven womanizer left me cold. The film quality was bad. There was not enough history which would have
included exerpts from his great operas. Overall not very satisfactory.
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