DVD Tosca [DVD] [Widescreen] [1900] [1 disc] [Multilingual] [Region 1] (DVD 48623),
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Tosca [DVD] [Widescreen] [1900] [1 disc] [Multilingual] [Region 1]

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • 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.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): D4010

  • Credits
    Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna, Ruggero Raimondi
  • Critic Reviews
    "...In musical terms, it is hard to imagine it done better today..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...Imaginative, visually stunning....It's a colorful, energetic evening of theater..."
    Hollywood Reporter

    "...It works beautifully as a movie without sacrificing the integrity of the opera..."
    New York Times

    "...Altogether, this is successful as a film, while at the same time being a most touching reconsideration of the familiar masterpiece..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...[Jacquot] conveys the heaving passion of Puccini's famous love-jealousy-murder-suicide fandango with great cinematic innovation..."
    Entertainment Weekly

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