The Great Caruso ()

directed by Richard Thorpe
featuring Mario Lanza, Ann Blyth, Dorothy Kirsten, Jarmila Novotna, Richard Hageman

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The film traces Naples-born Caruso's ascension from adolescent choir singer to the uppermost ranks of the opera world. Caruso is brought to America, getting off to a bad start by inadvertently insulting the impresario (Carl Benton Reid) responsible for his Metropolitan debut. This complication has a happy outcome when Caruso marries his benefactor's daughter (Ann Blyth). Refusing to spare himself or to hold back his talents from his fans, Caruso's health fails him, and he dies in 1921 at the age of 47. Featuring no fewer ...


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Jun 28, 2012

A musical classic.

What can I say? I've loved Caruso for 63 years now. To me, he is the greatest Tenor who ever sang. Mario Lanzas' life mirrored Carusos'. They both died was too young.


Mar 10, 2011

Great Grand Opera w/Mario Lanza

This was a gift to best friend who'd seen a cliip on TV and loved it. His grandfather loved Caruso and "The Great Caruso" took him back to a time long gone when grandfather was alive. The movie, made in 1951, probably takes the usual Hollywood license with facts (I've not seen it) but is enjoyable and Lanza's voice is much admired by many grand opera tenors.


Nov 24, 2009

greatest music, so-so acting

this is a very fine movie, I first saw it as a child and it made such an impression on me that I wanted to hear more of the classic music available.. I purchased this for my granddaughter hoping she will see it as I did at her age. There are few tenors that can sing like Mario Lanza did in his prime.

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