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The Barber of Seville

  • 1946
  • Mario Costa
  • 96 mins
  • U

Summary

Rossini's opera masterpiece is brought to the big screen for the first time in this 1946 Italian film. Figaro the barber helps a former master, Count Almaviva, to capture the heart of a girl he loves. But there are rivals for her affection.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Director Mario Costa will go down in film history as the man who discovered Gina Lollobrigida. Yet he also handled several operatic adaptations in the 1940s which, while not particularly inventive in visual terms, do adequate justice to both the music and its performance. Without quite overcoming the stagebound setting, American journalist Deems Taylor (who narrated Disney's Fantasia) reworked the libretto for the screen to enable Costa to place the emphasis firmly on Rossini's memorable score. As Figaro, the barber who matchmakes lovesick count Ferruccio Tagliavini and miser's ward Nelly Corradi, the flamboyant Tito Gobi is in fine fettle.

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Credits

Cast

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Count AlmavivaFerruccio Tagliavini
FigaroTito Gobbi
RosinaNelly Corradi
Don BartoloVito de Tarranto
Don BasilioItalo Tajo
BertaNatalia Nicolini
FiorelloNino Mazziotti

Crew

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DirectorMario Costa

Details

Theatrical distributor
Film Traders Ltd
Languages
Italian
Formats
Black and white
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