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The Medium

Original title
The Medium
Year
Running time
80 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Gian Carlo Menotti
Cinematography
Enzo Serafin (B&W)
Cast
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Producer
Co-production USA-Italy
Genre
Drama. Musical
Synopsis / Plot
Madame Flora is terrified when she perceives a supernatural presence during one of her fraudulent séances. Menotti's first international success, "The Medium" is a tragedy in two acts for five singers, a dance-mime role, and a chamber opera for thirteen instruments and fourteen players: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, percussion, piano (4 hands), and string quintet. The music is dissonant, eerie, and morbid and includes melodies such as 'O, black swan.'
Awards
1952: Nominated for Oscar: Best Soundtrack (Musical)
1953: BAFTA Awards: Nominated for Best Film and Foreign Actress (Powers)
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