Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Gino Bechi, Vittorio Caprioli, Antonio Cassinelli, Luciano della Maria, Enrico Formichi
Director: Clemente Fracassi
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
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Old and Odd
Robert Charles Uzgalis | Los Angeles, CA, USA | 11/20/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This historic movie is in bad shape. Sonically it is 50's bad; visually it is not cleanly transfered; there are major cuts and disjoints. As an early attempt to present opera on film it is interesting. The double cast technique actors/singers is difficult at best. Sophia Loren is beautiful as Aida; and Tebaldi sings it well. However the whole effort doesn't come off very well.
But if you want a historic recording and sample of how not to do opera on film -- this is it.
Fing a good Aida on DVD is difficult. The best I have seen so far is the hard to fine EuroArts dvd of Aida from the Festival of St. Margarethen. The singers were unknown to me as well as the conductor, chorus, and orchestra. The set, performance, and singing are excellent to extraordinary. If you can find it buy it."
High Camp meets Grand Opera
El Critico | Aventura, Florida | 01/20/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This is strictly a curiosity item.
Nineteen year old Sofia Loren looking lovely in dark body makeup and frizzy wigs plays the Ethiopian princess with the voice of the great Renata Tebaldi; and Lois Maxwell, yes, Lois Maxwell nine years before she became Miss Moneypenny in the first James Bond movie Dr.No(She went on to play the same character in 14 of the Bond films.)plays the Egyptian princess Amneris with the voice of Ebe Stignani, one of the leading mezzosoprani of the first half of the 20th century.
If you are a movie buff and/or an opera buff, (I am both!) you may enjoy this DVD, but as I said before, just as a curiosity item.
It's neither a good movie, there are cuts, jumps, blackouts, terrible editing; nor a good opera presentation. The musical score has not been just abridged but simply mutilated.
The only value of this venture is that it's kind of historical in the sense that in one you get two great divas very early in their careers, Loren from the screen and Tebaldi from the opera stage.
There is a voice over narration in English, but the opera does not have subtitles in any language.
Vjenceslava Todic | Novi Sad, Serbia | 07/03/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I'm disappointed. It is not what I expected. Aida is a great Opera with many choir sequences. In this film many choir arias are avoided. The opera is shortened. This DVD might be interesting for colectionars of old movies who likes opera, and nothing else."