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Zeffirelli's lavish Verdi production will annoy the purists (in comes ballet music written for the Paris premiere, plus the odd surprise flashback, out goes Desdemona's plaintive 'Willow' song), but it does enshrine Domingo's magnificent Moor, one of the great characterisations of the past decade or so, for those of us unlikely ever to see him do it in the opera house. The settings are lavish rather than particularly imaginative, and Zeffirelli sometimes loses the surging power of the tragedy behind ever-bustling foreground detail. Yet the singing's the thing, and the principals have been able to translate their stage performances for the camera in a way that will captivate old hands, but won't put off newcomers to filmed opera.

By: TJ

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Duration: 123 mins

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Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Screenwriter: Franco Zeffirelli
Cast: Placido Domingo
Katia Ricciarelli
Justino Diaz
Petra Malakova
Urbano Barberini
Massimo Foschi
Edwin Francis
Sergio Nicolai
Remo Remotti
Antonio Pierfederici
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