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The Young Caruso

Mario Del Monaco , Gina Lollobrigida , Giacomo Gentilomo    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I thought Oct. 24 2002
Format:DVD
If you are looking for a documentary - this isn't it. If you thought to find an anthology of the master's recordings - you won't find it here. The DVD consists of an early Italian movie about Caruso's childhood and early career. Don't get me wrong: It is not a bad movie, just dated and instead of English subtitles, the original Italian was dubbed (badly) with English voices. There are a few pages of Biography, and a few recordings from 1910. All in all, I think that whoever produced this DVD could have easily done a much better job!
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5.0 out of 5 stars "The Young Caruso ... Ermanno Randi ... VCI Ent. (2008)" May 26 2008
By J. Lovins - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
VCI Entertainment presents "THE YOUNG CARUSO" (2 September 1953) (77 mins/B&W) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) --- A biographical drama based on the world famous operatic tenor Enrico Caruso, from his humble beginnings in Naples, Italy to his rise to stardom --- Maurizio di Nardo plays famed tenor Caruso as a boy, while Ermanno Randi takes over the role in adulthood --- Enrico Caruso was retitled to "The Young Caruso" and promoted on the basis of one of its leading ladies, beautiful Gina Lollobrigida --- the singing of Mario del Monaco is superb --- Plus over 30 minutes of rare Caruso recordings from 1904 to 1916 is a musical treat for all fans and collectors.

Enrico Caruso (born Errico Caruso; February 25, 1873 - August 2, 1921) was an Italian opera singer and one of the greatest tenors in history --- Caruso was also the most popular singer in any genre in the first two decades of the 20th Century and one of the most important pioneers of recorded music --- Caruso's popular recordings and his extraordinary voice, known for its mature power, beauty and unequaled richness of tone, made him perhaps the best known operatic star of his era --- Such was his influence on singing style, virtually all subsequent Italianate tenors (and many non Italian tenors) have been his heirs to a greater or lesser extent --- He remains famous, though he predated the publicity that would aid later stars of opera - although it should be noted that Caruso was a client of Edward Bernays (the father of public relations) in the latter's tenure as a press agent in the USA.

Caruso was one of the first star vocalists to make numerous recordings --- He and the disc phonograph did much to promote each other in the first two decades of the 20th century --- His 1907 recording of Vesti la giubba from Leoncavallo's Pagliacci was the world's first gramophone record to sell a million copies[citation needed]. Many of Caruso's recordings have remained in print since their original issue a century ago.

His first recordings, made in 1902, were for the Gramophone and Typewriter Company --- He began recording exclusively for the Victor Talking Machine Company in 1904 --- While most of his early recordings were made in typically cramped studios in New York and Camden, New Jersey, Victor began to occasionally record Caruso in the old Trinity Church in Camden, which could accommodate a larger orchestra --- During his career, Enrico Caruso made over 260 recordings and made millions of dollars from the sale of his 78 rpm records --- While Caruso sang at many of the world's great opera houses including La Scala in Milan and Covent Garden in London, he is best known as the leading tenor at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City for 17 years --- Maestro Arturo Toscanini, who conducted some of the operas that Caruso sang in at the Met, considered him one of the greatest artists with whom he ever worked --- Caruso's technique and style combined in a unique way the finest aspects of elegant, technically polished 19th Century tenor singing with the emotionally charged delivery and exciting, thrusting timbre demanded by the Verismo composers of the early 20th Century --- His final recordings were made in September 1920 and the last two selections were excerpts from the Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle --- Caruso's conductors in his recordings included Walter B. Rogers and Joseph Pasternack -- (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Under the production staff of:
Giacomo Gentilomo - Director
Maleno Malenotti - Producer
Frank Thieß - Writer (novel "Neapolitanische Legende")
Giacomo Gentilomo - Screenwriter
Maleno Malenotti - Screenwriter
Fulvio Palmieri - Screenwriter
Piero Pierotti - Screenwriter
Giovanna Soria - Screenwriter
Carlo Franci - Original Score
Renata Castiglioni - Choir Director
Gennaro d'Angelo - Musical Director
Mario Del Monaco - The Singing Voice for Ermanno Randi
Gina Lollobrigida - The Singing Voice for Maurizio Di Nardo
Tino Santoni - Cinematographer
Elsa Dubbini - Editor
Guido Neri - Art Director
Alberto Boccianti - Set Decorator
Umberto Bonetti - Set Decorator
Maria De Matteis - Costume Design

the cast includes:
Ermanno Randi ... Enrico Caruso
Gina Lollobrigida ... Stella
Ciro Scafa ... Luigi Gregorio Proboseide
Carlo Sposito ... Giovanni "Gianni" Palma (as Carletto Sposito)
Maurizio Di Nardo ... Caruso as a boy
Gaetano Verna ... Caruso's father
Mária Tasnádi Fekete ... Anna (Caruso's mother) (as Maria von Tasnady)
Lamberto Picasso
Nerio Bernardi
Gian Paolo Rosmino (as Giampaolo Rosmino)
Romano Laurienzo
Gino Saltamerenda ... Impressario Callaro
Elena Sangro
Franca Tamantini
Mimi Ferrari
Roberto Spiombi
Teresa Rosmino
Bruna Rizzoli ... (singing voice)
Mirka Breeny ... (singing voice)

SPECIAL FEATURES
1. ORIGINAL RECORDINGS OF ENRICO CARUSO - 10 selections from 1904-1916

TRAILERS:
1. MARCELINO PAN Y VINO - 24 February 1955 (90 mins/B&W)
2. GLASS MOUNTAIN - May 1950 (99 mins/B&W)
3. KENTUCKY JUBILEE - 18 May 1951 (72 mins/B&W)

BIOS:
1. Ermanno Randi (Caruso as an adult)
Date of Birth: 1920 - Arezzo, Italy
Date of Death: 1 November 1951 - Rome, Italy

2. Gina Lollobrigida
Date of Birth: 4 July 1927 - Subiaco, Rome, Italy
Date of Death: Still Living

3. Maurizio Di Nardo (Caruso as a boy)
Date of Birth: 4 May 1938 - Rome, Italy
Date of Death: Still Living

Hats off and thanks to Robert Blair and his staff at VCI Entertainment --- VCI was named in Variety and Hollywood Reporter as the first company to produce and release motion pictures directly to the home marketplace --- order your copy now from Amazon or VCI Entertainment where there are plenty of copies available on DVD, stay tuned once again for top notch releases --- VCI are experts in releasing long forgotten films and treasures to the collector -- looking forward to more Nostalgic Collections.

Total Time: 77 mins on DVD ~ VCI Entertainment 8532 ~ (6/24/2008)
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I thought Oct. 24 2002
By Zvi Davidovich - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
If you are looking for a documentary - this isn't it. If you thought to find an anthology of the master's recordings - you won't find it here. The DVD consists of an early Italian movie about Caruso's childhood and early career. Don't get me wrong: It is not a bad movie, just dated and instead of English subtitles, the original Italian was dubbed (badly) with English voices. There are a few pages of Biography, and a few recordings from 1910. All in all, I think that whoever produced this DVD could have easily done a much better job!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good many years ago....still good now July 23 2008
By Andre Villemaire - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I saw this movies many times as a young boy, and i really wanted to sing
like the young boy at the beginning of the movie. So as i was included
in my church's boys choir one day i started to sing like the young Caruso
and within seconds....i knew i did'nt have the voice....but this movie
made me want to sing...so it is a powerfull movie for some and entertaining for others...but still im glad it was made and i love singers
like The great Carusso...Mario Lanza....Nelson Eddie...Jeanette Macdonald.............they do melt your heart.
Enjoy
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Young Caruso July 9 2009
By Nelson M. Lozano - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
What can I tell you that hasn't been said before about Caruso? This movie simple illustrate how special this person was and it's a shame that we don't have this unique kind of people now a days. This movie is about feeling good about life, about music and about yourself. Nice indeed.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Valuable mostly as an early Lollobrigida film Dec 29 2004
By Joseph A. Admire - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This movie is not really much as a biography of Enrico Caruso; viewers looking for a biopic might be better advised to seek out the one with Mario Lanza and Ann Blyth. Its main interest lies in the fact that it's one of Gina Lollobrigida's earlier performances; she's stunning, as always, as the love interest.
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