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Puccini - Madama Butterfly / Moffo, Cioni, Poli, de Fabritis, Radiotelevisione Italiana Milano Opera
Puccini - Madama Butterfly / Moffo Cioni Poli de Fabritis Radiotelevisione Italiana Milano Opera
Actors: Puccini, Anna Moffo, Renato Cioni, Afro Poli, Oliviero de Fabritis
Genres: Indie & Art House, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2004     2hr 7min


     
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Actors: Puccini, Anna Moffo, Renato Cioni, Afro Poli, Oliviero de Fabritis
Genres: Indie & Art House, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Classical
Studio: Video Artists Int'l
Format: DVD - Black and White,Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 06/29/2004
Theatrical Release Date: 10/04/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 2hr 7min
Screens: Black and White,Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Classical
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Enchanting
R. G. Rosa | newark, NJ United States | 01/12/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This may not be the choice for a "first" Butterfly DVD, but any fan of the opera "must" have this in their collection, at least as a second version.

As has already been mentioned, this film made Anna Moffo an overnight star. It is easy to see why. She is totally enchanting in the part. This is a very delicate, very young, and very innocent interpretation. Unlike SO many interpreters, she does not seem at all straining for effect as the young Geisha.

Her death scene is a heart breaker.

Her singing is simple gorgeous and she looks incredibly beautiful.

Why do I give this only fours stars? Well, first, this is taken from an RAI film made in the mid 50s. The B&W photography seems a bit fuzzy and lacking in constrast. The singing is lip-synched, which is always difficult to make convincing.

Renato Cioni is heartless and insensitive; this is the character as Puccini envisioned it, however, Cioni's voice sounds thin and whiny throughout. He seems to be somewhat flat on his high notes.

Because of these flaws this may not be a first choice for someone building an opera DVD library from scratch. But for any fan that is looking to be comprehensive, this is an absolute must. It is THAT good."
An Ideal Butterfly
T. Wharton | New York, NY United States | 07/20/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It is easy to see why this television broadcast turned Anna Moffo into an overnight star. It is difficult to imagine a more convincing Butterfly. She certainly looks the part. And, while her voice is too light for the role on stage, it is wonderful for this medium. Her performance has enormous emotional range and musical interest. The rest of the cast is very strong as well.

The production is very sophisticated, especially given the 1956 date. The sound and picture are also surprisingly good.

Overall, this is a highly moving performance and a wonderful video testament to a major talent on the verge of stardom."
Moffo is Greatest Butterfly!
leelee | Chicago, IL | 02/25/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The RAI film is rather fuzzy and in black & white, however the sound quality is excellent. I do not complain about lip-synching since I was too young to have ever seen my idol Moffo live on stage. She is such an enchanting and gorgeous Butterfly. Her death scene is devastating to watch. Moffo was such a great actress and singer. Overall, this is a wonderful dvd to have as a memento of America's greatest soprano. The big bonus are 3 famous arias from "La Boheme" starring Moffo and Richard Tucker of the Bell Telephone Hour series."
The best Butterfly ever !!
Colston | Las Vegas | 08/28/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Absolutely the greatest actress/soprano in the business. Her incredible beauty did not hurt. I was most fortunate to see Anna Moffo perform at the Chicago Opera House, soon after her Butterfly triumph in Italy, during her Fulbright Scholarship. She did another opera (Lucia), and she tore the house down. It was the most memorable performance I ever experienced. At least 10 mins ovation. All Italy fell madly in love with Anna Moffo. This DVD shows why."