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The Great Caruso


Aka: Великий Карузо (Russia)
Director: Richard Thorpe
Year: 1951
Country: USA
Runtime: 109 minutes
Genre: Biography / Drama / Music

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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. - IMDb

Children's Cast:

Anthony Mazzola [13] Fucito at 8 Years
Sherry Jackson [9] Musetta as a Child
Peter Price [9] Caruso
St. Luke's Episcopal Church Choristers Vocal Ensemble

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