The Great Caruso
Warner Archive Collection (series)
Suggested by Dorothy Caruso's biography of her husband, The Great Caruso rings out with aural pleasures (27 musical selections) and shines with the grandeur of a life lovingly refracted through the Hollywood biopic lens.
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 49 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: May 1, 2011
- Originally Released: 1951
- Label: Warner Archive Collection (MOD)
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Mario Lanza, Ann Blyth, Richard Hageman, Carl Benton Reid & Teresa Celli|
|Performer:||Eduard Franz, Dorothy Kirsten, Jarmila Novotna & Ludwig Donath|
|Directed by||Richard Thorpe|
|Edited by||Gene Ruggiero|
|Composition by||Johnny Green|
|Art Direction by||Gabriel Scognamillo|
|Director of Photography:||Joseph Ruttenberg|
Academy Awards 1951 - Best Sound Recording
Rating: C+ -- Hits a few high notes over the music but hits too many low notes after fudging the biography with too much fictionalization. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Rating: C+ -- This conventional biopic of the famous Italian tenro was one of 1951's biggest commercial hits due to Mario Lanza's popularity at the time. Full Review
Description by OLDIES.com:
Bravo, Enrico! Bravo, Mario! Renowned tenor Mario Lanza portrays his long-time singing idol Enrico Caruso in the crowd-pleasing musical that was 1951's #4 box-office hit. Suggested by Dorothy Caruso's biography of her husband, The Great Caruso rings out with aural pleasures (27 musical selections) and shines with the grandeur of a life lovingly refracted through the Hollywood biopic lens. The music (by Puccini, Donizetti, Verdi and more) emphasizes works most closely associated with Caruso. The story, spanning Caruso's Naples boyhood to worldwide acclaim and tragedy-stricken final performance, touches on the down-to-earth character traits that spread the singer's fame beyond the black-tie society of Metropolitan Opera connoisseurs. Nominated for three Academy Awards, the movie won for Best Sound Recording.
This satisfying fictionalized biography explores the life and loves of the great tenor from Naples who became the toast of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, but died just as he reached his peak. Lanza is magnificent in the role and the score is an opera lover's dream with 27 musical numbers including arias from La Boheme, I Pagliacci, and Rigoletto.
- Additional cast includes: Nicola Moscona, Lucine Amara, and Marina Koshetz.
- Peter Herman Adler staged and conducted the operatic numbers.
- A Technicolor film.
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