EAN-139780769779539   EAN-13 barcode 9780769779539
Product NamePuccini - Tosca
CategoryElectronics / Photography: A/V Media: Movie / TV
Short DescriptionWeight:0.25 pounds
Amazon.comA Buy on Amazon ~ B000BB1MH8
Price New29.97 US Dollars    (curriencies)
Price Used8.40 US Dollars    (curriencies)
Aspect Ratio1.77:1
CastAngela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna, Ruggero Raimondi, Maurizio Muraro, David Cangelosi
Width5.5 inches    (convert)
Height0.5 inches    (convert)
Length7.5 inches    (convert)
Weight3.36 ounces    (convert)
FormatMultiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC
Run Time126 minutes
FeaturesISBN: 0-7697-79530, Color, Running Time: 120 minutes, Composer/Author: Giacomo Puccini, DVD1190
Long DescriptionTosca: A Film by Benoit Jacquot, after the libretto of Puccini’s Opera. With Angela Gheorghiu as Floria Tosca, Roberto Alagna as Mario Cavaradossi, Ruggiero Raimondi as Baron Scarpia. Conducted by Antonio Pappano with the Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. How often has it been said that opera can’t be translated into film? That the camera lens accentuates an opera’s artificiality and turns the protagonists into caricatures? Benoît Jacquot’s masterfully inventive two-hour Tosca, will change the minds of the most diehard opera buffs and win over newcomers to the art. What’s even more astounding is that this is Jacquot’s first venture into opera. Yet, that may be just the point. What makes his film so compellingly audacious is that from the very start he juxtaposes black-and-white scenes of the conductor, Antonio Pappano, and the actor/singers in the recording studio with the staged opera in order to reveal the energy and work that goes into realizing a mighty work of lyrical art and ensemble acting. At other times, he uses soft-focus and grainy black-and-white and color footage of the Roman countryside, the Castel Sant’ Angelo and the interiors of Baroque churches to illustrate what the actors are singing off-screen. These scenes add immeasurably to the opera’s enthralling lyricism. Giacomo Puccini’s music and Guiseppe Giacosa’s libretto are mesmerizing and unforgettable, both enhanced by the director’s focus on the drama between the three main protagonists: Floria Tosca (played by the Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu), her lover, the painter and political radical Mario Cavaradossi (played movingly by Roberto Alagna, Gheorghiu’s off-screen husband) and the vilely magnetic Il Barone Scarpia, the fascistic Roman governor (Ruggero Raimondi). From the opening credits of red typeface on black ground, to the surprising black-and-white filming of the conductor guiding the cast with his baton through the opera’s overture and first a
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