The Great Caruso

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The Great Caruso

opera biography

The Great Caruso

Release Date: April 16, 1951

Year    :   1951
Slogan    :   «The Intimate Story of a Man with a Voice as Great as His Heart!»
Genres    :   Drama, Music
Production Companies    :   Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Director    :   Richard Thorpe
Producers    :   Joe Pasternak, Jesse L. Lasky
Writers    :   William Ludwig
RunTime    :   109 mins.

Loosely traces the life of tenor Enrico Caruso (1873-1921). He loves Musetta, in his home town of Naples, and then Dorothy, the daughter of one of the Metropolitan Opera's patrons. Caruso is unacceptable to both women's fathers: to one, because he sings; to Dorothy's, because he is a peasant. To New York patricians, Caruso is short, barrel chested, loud, emotional, unrefined. Their appreciation comes slowly. The film depicts Caruso's lament that "the man does not have the voice, the voice has the man": he cannot be places he wants to be, because he must be elsewhere singing, including the day his mother dies. Throughout, Mario Lanza and stars from the Met sing.

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