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The Great Caruso

5.8
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Original title
The Great Caruso
Year
Running time
109 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Sonya Levien, William Ludwig
Music
Johnny Green
Cinematography
Joseph Ruttenberg
Cast
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Producer
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Genre
Musical. Drama | Biography. Opera
Synopsis / Plot
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.
Awards
1951: Oscar: Best Sound. 2 Nominations
1951: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
1951: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Musical Screenplay
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