The Great Caruso Reviews

  • Jun 12, 2020

    Worth watching just to see Mario Lanza sing Vesti La Giuba - even Domingo said "no one ever performed it better". Its a shame Lanza didn't ever perform a full opera even if just to prove he could - most people who know say that if Mario Lanza had become a serious opera singer he would have been one of the greatest - after all Pavarotti said of Mario Lanza - " A fantastic voice....not just a wonderful voice but a fantastic voice"and that's fair praise indeed.

    Worth watching just to see Mario Lanza sing Vesti La Giuba - even Domingo said "no one ever performed it better". Its a shame Lanza didn't ever perform a full opera even if just to prove he could - most people who know say that if Mario Lanza had become a serious opera singer he would have been one of the greatest - after all Pavarotti said of Mario Lanza - " A fantastic voice....not just a wonderful voice but a fantastic voice"and that's fair praise indeed.

  • Feb 01, 2019

    The best musical movie ever made!

    The best musical movie ever made!

  • Feb 10, 2018

    Great music, but beyond that it was good to learn a little about Caruso.

    Great music, but beyond that it was good to learn a little about Caruso.

  • Jul 24, 2017

    People who love opera will like this film as it has many operatic songs and tunes in it. On the whole it was an enjoyable film until the ending : ( spoiler alert), the film did a good job of describing Caruso's life but at the end when he drops down dead the film immediately ended and did not tell us how he died, which was a shame.

    People who love opera will like this film as it has many operatic songs and tunes in it. On the whole it was an enjoyable film until the ending : ( spoiler alert), the film did a good job of describing Caruso's life but at the end when he drops down dead the film immediately ended and did not tell us how he died, which was a shame.

  • Jun 16, 2016

    Lavish MGM musical was the zenith of both Mario Lanza and Joe Pasternak's careers; Lanza's hit single "The Loveliest Night of the Year" is sung in the film by Ann Blyth.

    Lavish MGM musical was the zenith of both Mario Lanza and Joe Pasternak's careers; Lanza's hit single "The Loveliest Night of the Year" is sung in the film by Ann Blyth.

  • Feb 26, 2016

    Biographical but largely fictional pic on legendary opera singer and the top grossing film of 1951. Opera fans will rejoice in the 27(!) numbers performed by Mario Lanza, who built himself a legend after dying young in the wake of a rapid rise to fame aided by his film career.

    Biographical but largely fictional pic on legendary opera singer and the top grossing film of 1951. Opera fans will rejoice in the 27(!) numbers performed by Mario Lanza, who built himself a legend after dying young in the wake of a rapid rise to fame aided by his film career.

  • Aug 11, 2015

    A 1950s Technicolor and, it seems, largely fictional biopic Caruso which is saved by having some glorious operatic scenes portrayed by Mario Lanza. Lanza was at the height of his popularity when this movie was made and it is easy to see why he was so popular as he has a magnificent voice which more than does the music justice. Caruso had the fortune to be around at the dawn of the gramophone age and became a huge star all over the world due to the popularity of his live performances and recordings. Between the musical numbers, the movie is pretty unremarkable and follows a fairly well worn path without any surprises. However, when Lanza plays to his strength and just sings, you can forgive the clumsy acting and formulaic structure.

    A 1950s Technicolor and, it seems, largely fictional biopic Caruso which is saved by having some glorious operatic scenes portrayed by Mario Lanza. Lanza was at the height of his popularity when this movie was made and it is easy to see why he was so popular as he has a magnificent voice which more than does the music justice. Caruso had the fortune to be around at the dawn of the gramophone age and became a huge star all over the world due to the popularity of his live performances and recordings. Between the musical numbers, the movie is pretty unremarkable and follows a fairly well worn path without any surprises. However, when Lanza plays to his strength and just sings, you can forgive the clumsy acting and formulaic structure.

  • Jan 14, 2015

    Hollywood sound-stage musical-biography that flows well and the impressive classical music renditions bring it plenty of presence.

    Hollywood sound-stage musical-biography that flows well and the impressive classical music renditions bring it plenty of presence.

  • Sep 29, 2013

    This movie is not about the story. If it were a DVD made today, perhaps it would be called "Mario Lanza sings the hits of Enrico Caruso." The films moves from one number to another as Lanza sings aria after beautiful aria. Numbers include classic Neopolitan songs such as "Torna a Surriento," opera numbers such as "La Donna e Mobile" from Rigoletto and "Recitativo" from Pagliacci, and a choir rendition of Bach's "Ave Maria." This movie won the Oscar for Best Sound, however I don't think it was anything technical that made the sound of this film spectacular--it was simply Lanza voice. As a matter of fact, when it comes to the technical aspect of sound recording, I could've sworn I heard a blip when they switched from dialogue to singing at one point, so I'm not sure how deserving it was of that award. The movie is also nice to look at as the sets are Italian style high close homes and opera houses of the late 19th and early 20th century. I'm actually surprised the art direction didn't get more attention. As far as the story, that was just filler for the singing. As far as I understand, it actually is based very loosely on the actual life of Enrico Caruso. The acting was sub-par, with dialogue in exaggerated Italian accents. Plain and simple, this movie is for one who wants to sit and relax to some classic Italian masterpieces.

    This movie is not about the story. If it were a DVD made today, perhaps it would be called "Mario Lanza sings the hits of Enrico Caruso." The films moves from one number to another as Lanza sings aria after beautiful aria. Numbers include classic Neopolitan songs such as "Torna a Surriento," opera numbers such as "La Donna e Mobile" from Rigoletto and "Recitativo" from Pagliacci, and a choir rendition of Bach's "Ave Maria." This movie won the Oscar for Best Sound, however I don't think it was anything technical that made the sound of this film spectacular--it was simply Lanza voice. As a matter of fact, when it comes to the technical aspect of sound recording, I could've sworn I heard a blip when they switched from dialogue to singing at one point, so I'm not sure how deserving it was of that award. The movie is also nice to look at as the sets are Italian style high close homes and opera houses of the late 19th and early 20th century. I'm actually surprised the art direction didn't get more attention. As far as the story, that was just filler for the singing. As far as I understand, it actually is based very loosely on the actual life of Enrico Caruso. The acting was sub-par, with dialogue in exaggerated Italian accents. Plain and simple, this movie is for one who wants to sit and relax to some classic Italian masterpieces.

  • Mar 27, 2013

    This musical biopic based on the life of legendary tenor Enrico Caruso struggles to be more than just a vehicle for singing sensation Mario Lanza. While the musical values of the film are admirable, the same cannot be said about the narrative, which avoids uncomfortable matters and chooses to depict the man in the most conventional of ways.

    This musical biopic based on the life of legendary tenor Enrico Caruso struggles to be more than just a vehicle for singing sensation Mario Lanza. While the musical values of the film are admirable, the same cannot be said about the narrative, which avoids uncomfortable matters and chooses to depict the man in the most conventional of ways.