- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 2 hours
- Video: Color
- Released: October 25, 2005
- Originally Released: 2002
- Label: Kultur Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 2.0 - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Sight and Sound - 05/01/2002
"...In musical terms, it is hard to imagine it done better today..."
Hollywood Reporter - 04/02/2002
"...Imaginative, visually stunning....It's a colorful, energetic evening of theater..."
New York Times - 07/12/2002
"...It works beautifully as a movie without sacrificing the integrity of the opera..."
Los Angeles Times - 08/02/2002
"...Altogether, this is successful as a film, while at the same time being a most touching reconsideration of the familiar masterpiece..."
Entertainment Weekly - 08/09/2002
"...[Jacquot] conveys the heaving passion of Puccini's famous love-jealousy-murder-suicide fandango with great cinematic innovation..."
French director Benoit Jacquot (A SINGLE GIRL) adapts the famous opera by Giacomo Puccini in his film TOSCA. The stunningly dramatic opera stars--Angela Gheorghiu as Floria Tosca, Roberto Alagna as Mario Cavaradossi, and Ruggero Raimondi as Baron Scarpia--steal the show with their intense vocal range and fiery acting. The film cuts back and forth between black and white photography that shows the singers and a full orchestra recording the opera in a studio, and color photography that shows the costumed presentation, act by act, with several different sets. Mario (Alagna) is painting a portrait on the wall of the chapel, inspired by a fair-haired beauty who he has just seen praying below. When his girlfriend, the possessive Diva Tosca (Gheorghui) pays him a surprise visit, he must reassert his love for her, trying to ease her worries and her jealousy at seeing the painting. However, that night when a prisoner escapes, Mario is a suspected accomplice and he is wanted by the police. The evil Baron Scarpia (Raimondi) lies to Tosca, telling her that Mario ran off with the fair-haired beauty, and using her jealousy to get her to aid the police in his capture.
This film was included in the Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2002 festival organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York City.
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- French Theatrical Release: November 2001
- U.S. Theatrical Release: March 15, 2002