Tosca's Kiss (1985)





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Before he died in 1902, Giuseppe Verdi inaugurated a home for retired artists in Milan, a project he had worked on for some time. This home is maintained by the Friends of the Casa Verdi, after Verdi's royalties that supported the home ran out in the 1960s. Director Daniel Schmid interviews several of the operatic stars living there in 1984: Sara Scuderi, Giuseppe Manachini, Leonida Bellon, and the composer and conductor Puligheddu. The singers reminisce about their past and display an independent, extroverted spirit that does not need rehearsing to come alive. Both Verdi fans and opera aficionados will especially enjoy this "off-stage" look at a group of performers in retirement. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi
Art House & International , Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts
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A touching documentary on some of the residents of the Casa di Verdi in Milano, a retirement home founded by the great composer Giuseppe Verdi for retired musicians less fortunate than himself. While most of the musicians shown are relatively unknown today, they were prominant international figures back in the 20's - 40's during a time when music was still considered to be a high art form. Younger viewers might despair over a bunch of old folks rambling on about the good old days, but in this case, the days were very good indeed. There's plenty of music involved of course, and while most of the excerpts are of singers well past their prime, there are still a few gems, including former diva Sara Scuderi doing a beautifully expressive impromtu "Vissi d'Arte" for the camera crew. If you love art and music, this is a nice little treat...a look back into a lost age and a lost art...

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