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Bolshoi Presents - Ruggiero Leoncavallo - I Pagliacci (1985)

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Movie Details
Genre Ballet
Studio Universal - Music
Language English
Audience Rating NR
Running Time 72 mins
Country USA
Color Color
The villagers of Montalto are excitedly awaiting the arrival of a commedia dell'arte troupe. After their triumphant entrance into town, Canio, the leader of the strolling players, addresses the cheering crowd and announces that the evening performance will commence at 11pm. Just as he is leaving, a villager jests that Tonio the clown is head over heels in love with Canio's wife Nedda. And indeed, when Tonio and Nedda are left alone, he expresses his deep adoration for her, upon which she coldheartedly rejects him and scornfully laughs at him. Nedda already has a lover: Silvio. The two of them decide to run off together that same night, when they are surprised by Canio. Silvio manages to escape through the window but Nedda is left behind, threatened by her furious husband. Although she does not relent, Canio eventually seems to compose himself, keeping in mind that the evening performance has to get underway.

An so, after a brief intermezzo, begins the commedia dell'arte piece, in which art tragically imitates life: Canio as "Ppagliaccio." Nedda as "Colombina," and Tonio as "Taddeo" involuntarily reveal their very own stories on stage: Colombina passionately awaits her lover, when she is surprised by the scorned Taddeo. Vengefully, he informs her husband of his wife's sinful little secret. Jealous and full of rage, Pagliaccio confronts Colombina. He is unable to contain himself and while the audience mistakes his intensity for great acting, Canio loses sight of what is reality and what is make-believe. In a frenzied fit of anger, he stabs Nedda. Silvio, who has been in the audience all along, jumps on stage to save his lover, and Canio stabs him as well.

Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region
Screen Ratio Standard 1.33:1 Color
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
UPC (Barcode) 654545060298
Release Date 7/26/05
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Composer's Biography
History of I Paglicacci
Scene Selection

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