Tosca

Film, Drama

Time Out says

Opera singers aren't necessarily the greatest actors, and don't look their best straining for high notes in revealing close-up. Jacquot's version of the Puccini warhorse riskily pretends this isn't an issue; he gambles that we'll be won over by the emotional and physical commitment of the big name, real life couple Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna. Besides, since the plot is the hoariest melodrama (actress tries to save painter boyfriend by seducing the police chief about to have him executed), we'll hardly be expecting subtlety of characterisation, right? Regrettably, the gamble doesn't quite come off. There's some fine singing from tenor Alagna and soprano Gheorghiu, but the silent movie mugging does no one any favours. That said, the piece itself is to some degree indestructible, and first-timers may still find themselves swept along by wave upon wave of Puccini's glorious melody.

Details

Release details

Duration:
125 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Benoît Jacquot
Screenwriter:
Benoît Jacquot
Cast:
Angela Gheorghiu
Roberto Alagna
Ruggero Raimondi
David Cangelosi
Sorin Coliban
Enrico Fissore
Maurizio Muraro
Gwynne Howell
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