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Puccini: Tosca -- 2002 Film Version [DVD]

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  • Actors: Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna, Ruggero Raimondi, David Cangelosi, Sorin Coliban
  • Directors: Benoît Jacquot
  • Format: PAL, Anamorphic, Widescreen, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Jun. 2003
  • Run Time: 141 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009XW7Z
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,864 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Benoit Jacquot's filmed Tosca treads a fine line between operatic staginess and cinematic contrivance. As per the libretto, each act takes place in a single setting, but with the singers here miming to a pre-recorded soundtrack. Jacquot freely reminds us of the conceit with cutaways to the recording session itself--revealing conductor, orchestra and soloists at work--thus a bridge is made between the on-screen action and the music-making itself, and the inherent duality of any opera production is laid refreshingly bare. The same cannot be said for the director's decision to interpolate spoken dialogue over the music in key places--a distraction not an enhancement.

Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna are glamorous and attractive enough to make the most of their Hollywood-style close-ups; their singing easily bears similar close scrutiny--as anyone who owns the CD soundtrack album will surely already know. If Alagna lacks a little power as Cavaradossi on record, his charismatic screen presence happily compensates; Gheorghiu is both vocally and physically almost ideal as Tosca. Ruggero Raimondi's Scarpia completes an outstanding trio, and in the pit (or, rather, in the studio) conductor Antonio Pappano handles the drama of Puccini's score without missing a single nuance. Both musically and visually, then, this is a Tosca to treasure.

On the DVD: Tosca on disc looks vibrant in this warm, widescreen picture accompanied by a DTS 5.1 soundtrack. Three filmed interviews--with Gheorghiu, Pappano and Jacquot--provide some insight into the making of this production. --Mark Walker

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Wonderful signing - dreadful production

This film is a disappointment, there is fantastic singing and acting from Angela Gheorghiu a wonderful performance. The direction by Benoit Jacquot is best described as student arthouse, it presents as a low cost effort. The big scenes are pathetic. The action switches from a wet Wednesday in a recording studio to semi staged studio action - could have worked put poorly delivered. The Te Deum is filmed by the camera continuously rotating around Scarpia (no other actors are shown) and ends with what is supposed to be a terrifying facial, however the viewer is so dizzy you want to switch the wretched thing off.

The production is distracting in the extreme.
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Musically very, very good. Howver, if all I wanted was the sound I'd have bought a cd instead.
The stage performances are good, but the whole thing is marred by at intervals the view suddenly flashing with no warning from the stage to a rehearsal room with the singers out of costume & orchestra in shirtsleeves (without a break in the music!).
At the opera, whether in the operahouse or watching a dvd I want to watch the story being performed and sung while "suspending disbelief" and almost "living the story" as it were.
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I fully agree with the positive reviewers regarding this production and feel that the poo-poohers are being a tad 'old fashioned' in their criticism, as well as letting themselves down for their obvious lack of concentrational skills.
This is a new way of filming opera and it works brilliantly, not least with the out and in character shots where the singers record their roles as the opera progresses. I also thought that the brief spoken parts were extremely evocative, in particular that between Tosca and Cavaradossi when she expressed her jealousy over his painting and he reassures her of how much he worships and adores her. The off screen lovers Alagna and Gheorghiu bring an added depth to this love and their kisses have added emotion. As Scarpia, Ruggero Raimondi is physically terrifying, his saturnine good looks combined with his icy stare sending shivers down the spine and bringing to the fore all of Scarpia's twisted sexuality. A bravura performance from a magnificent artist. Gheorghiu plays the coquettish spitfire that is Floria Tosca to perfection and her voice has seldom been more soaring and pure. Alagna wrenches the heart. A triumphant Cavaradossi.
Any doubters should watch the three added extras:interveiws with Gheorghiu, the director, and 'Maestro' Antonio Pappano. To question the Royal Opera House's intelligence in being involved with the film is ridiculous-they obviously were in agreement with what was going on and 'Maestro' Pappano himself is very enthusiastic about the project and what it achieves. This 'Tosca' is vibrant, dark, sensual and evil all rolled in to one. A version to watch more than once to relish each nuance. Puccini would have been PROUD.
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Oh how I hate giving this DVD a 1 star. The orchestra and condutor were wonderful and the artists couldn't have been better. Why oh why did the stupid editors on the DVD have to keep cutting out of the opera for black and white cuts of the orchestra in the studio, then they ruinded everything by even going over one of the best arias with talking, you could hear the aria in the background, but when you wanted to turn a most beautiful pieve of music up loud they begin talking. So annoying, all through the DVD they keep trying to prove they can keep you interestyed by cutting to black and white cuttings or grainy coloured images of someone's garden. I have to say the BBC would have done a much better job (and I have no connectin with the BBC whatsoever). I shall now go out and get another copy and hope it is not ruined by the editors or whoever they are. Just keep it simple in future and stop expecting the audience to get bored, we want to hear the music not view your cutoffs. Thankyou.
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Marvellous music. A very good cast, where Angela is the biggest star and probably the best Tosca I've listen to. The conducting by Pappano is wonderful. The sets are of very good taste and many of the images are very good (although not all in accordance with my taste). The scenes of the studio session in the middle of "movie" scenes are torelable, although I would prefer not to see them included (but this is again a matter of taste). Now, what I think is a shame and a lack of respect for the composer is the reciting on top of singing, which sadly happens a couple of times in the film. For example, in a scene, you can hear Mario sing but on top of that you see and hear him talk as well..If Puccini wanted the opera to be that way, he would have composed it like that! This is the main directing eccentricity, there are some others. This had everything to be a top film.
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This is a hard to love 'Tosca', but obviously its level of ambition is praiseworthy.
Benoit Jacquot does not seem to be too well-versed in the grammar of moviemaking. He manages a very shaky balance between the melodrama of the action, induced by the music, and the naturalism of the cinema verité-inspired recording sessions in everyday clothes. It is plain affectation when for instance the tenor whispers the rhymes as an impassioned line over the same monologue sung as an aria proper.
At its best, which is far too seldom if you ask me, this is a dynamic, even explosive 'Tosca', brilliantly sung and conducted by Antonio Pappano who really knows this music.
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