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Verdi: The King of Melody


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Sung by: Tito Gobbi, Mario Del Monaco, Orietta Moscucci, Vito de Taranto
Accompanied by the Rome Opera Orchestra.
Scenes from Nabucco, Ernani, Rigoletto, Trovatore, Traviata, Aida, Otello, Falstaff.
Starring: Pierre Cressoy, Anna Maria Ferrero and Gaby Andre

This colorfully filmed drama of the life and loves of the great composer, Guiseppe Verdi, is played against a background of the great operas of the 19th Century. A tender love story of Verdi's successful and turbulent life, we hear more than 20 excerpts from his acclaimed operas.

"Rafaello Matarazzo's direction is outstanding in the musical sequences, Tino Santoni's photography richly captures the Romantic period and Pierre Cressoy is an impassioned Verdi." -Hollywood Reporter

The Patriarch of Italian opera began his career with the bel canto composers (Bellini, Donizetti, and Rossini) and ended it as a contemporary of Debussy and Richard Strauss. Verdi's operas voiced his liberal views by making biting social and political comment, often bringing him into conflict with the censors.

This nostalgic look at Verdi: The King of Melody, paints a romantic picture of the composer's struggle for success, his loves, and his musical triumph over the forces of political domination. Poignant and tender, filled with pathos, it is heart-rending in both its sad moments as well as in its times of joy. A theatrical and critical success when the feature film was released in the US in 1974, Verdi: The King of Melody, will touch your heart.

DVD BONUS FEATURES:
Over 45 Scene Selections
Instant Access to Arias
Verdi Biography
Verdi List of Works & Premieres
Verdi Trivia
Bonus Music: ENRICO CARUSO Sings Four Verdi Arias
Dolby Digital Stereo Audio
Digitally Mastered Audio & Video

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Verdi: The King of Melody is another Italian film classic. This sensitive and lovely portrayal of the life of the grand old man of Italian opera is beautifully produced and features some of the finest Verdi singing ever! Hearing and watching legendary opera stars like Tito Gobbi and Mario del Monaco accompanied by the Rome Opera Orchestra is in itself worth the price of the DVD. One comes away from the movie with a deeper understanding of the genius and pathos of Giuseppe Verdi whose life was filled with triumphs and tragedy… I can honestly say this is the finest cinema depiction of the life and times of a man who changed the world of opera forever! --WGBH, Boston

Opera lovers will find themselves absorbed by the operatic treatment of Verdi's life… the dub job was done with enough grace so that it's not intrusive… close your eyes and sip a glass of wine and pretend you're in a box at La Scala. Great feature!… No opera lover? No problem. If you're a sucker for those old musical biopics, you'll like this film. --James Plath, DVD Town

Rafaello Matarazzo's direction is outstanding in the musical sequences… richly captures the Romantic period and Pierre Cressoy is an impassioned Verdi. --Hollywood Reporter

Opera lovers will find themselves absorbed by the operatic treatment of Verdi's life… the dub job was done with enough grace so that it's not intrusive… close your eyes and sip a glass of wine and pretend you're in a box at La Scala. Great feature!… No opera lover? No problem. If you're a sucker for those old musical biopics, you'll like this film. --James Plath, DVD Town

Rafaello Matarazzo's direction is outstanding in the musical sequences… richly captures the Romantic period and Pierre Cressoy is an impassioned Verdi. --Hollywood Reporter

Special Features

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Product Details

  • Actors: Tito Gobbi, Mario Del Monaco, Orietta Moscucci, Sandro Ruffini, Camillo Pilotto
  • Directors: Raffaello Matarazzo
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Language: Italian, English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: V.I.E.W. Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 25, 2003
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009EPB7
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,430 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Verdi: The King of Melody" on IMDb

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lanvin on February 16, 2014
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The film is in english not in italian like said in website.
I ordered it from Italy two times and both was in English!!!
I spent 17,31 euro for nothing, I cannot show it to my students!
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paulo Velloso on January 21, 2007
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As I had seen this picture in the movie theatre, in the fifties; I always wanted to see it again.

The film is old and of poor quality, but extremely recomended for Opera (mainly Verdi's) lovers.

The best of the film are the performances from Mario del Monaco and Tito Gobbi, 2 sacred monsters.
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By Jacob E. Martin on February 21, 2015
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Excellent Time piece.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sdecesare on September 24, 2014
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Kept me interested.
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