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Rossini (1943)

Front Cover Actor
Nino Besozzi
Paola Barbara
Movie Details
Genre Documentary
Studio Music Video Distribution
Language English
Audience Rating NR
Running Time 95 mins
Country USA
Color Color
John Ardoin, reviewing in The Dallas Morning News
"Filmed in Italy during 1943, this is one of the few conscionable and entertaining composer biopics. Starring Nino Besozzi as Rossini, the film is on the whole accurate (something in itself unusual where films of composers are concerned), and few will forget the moving moment in which Rossini and Beethoven come face-to-face in Vienna in 1822. There are important operatic sequences from The Barber of Seville, Moses and Othello featuring such well-known prewar singers as Gianna Pederzini, Mariano Stabile, Tancredi Perso and Piero Pauli."

Alan Blyth, reviewing in Gramophone
"Rossini has something of the flavour of Marcel Carne's masterpiece, Les Enfants du Paradis, in that it portrays its era and particularly its country in human, highly coloured tints. Like its French counterpart, it uses a host of character actors to portray, winningly, Rossini's colleagues and contemporaries, and has crowd scenes that are vivid and finely directed. Both Nino Besozzi as Rossini (a good likeness) and Paola Barbara as Basilo and Pederzini as Rosina. The film shows Rossini triumphing in Naples, Rome, Vienna (where he meets a romanticized Beethoven) and Paris from Elisabetta to Tell. I thoroughly enjoyed this offering and wished it had gone on longer.

Joe Pearce, Secretary of the Vocal Record Collectors' Society
"This is an Italian wartime film of the most solid production values, with a cast of actors second to none in the pre-Open City Italian cinema. The entire production is well photographed and directed, with the meeting of Rossini and Beethoven, in 1822, in Vienna, being the most memorable scene in film, so much so that I doubt I will ever forget it - it could easily have been the work of James Whale of Karl Freund.

"The singers provide a fascinating glimpse into the non-Gigli-Gobbi-Bechi Italian musical scene of the early 1940s. Many of the artists make their only film appearances ever, and Pasero steals the limelight with a panache that belies his sometimes not overly involved recorded performances. All in all, a surprisingly effective film that I highly recommend."
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region
Screen Ratio Standard 1.33:1 B&W
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
UPC (Barcode) 789984065662
Release Date 1/15/05
Subtitles English
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ITALIAN: PCM Mono
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Features Not Specified

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