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The Young Caruso
The Young Caruso
is an 1951 Italian biographical film about Enrico Caruso, directed by Giacomo Gentilomo. It stars Ermanno Randi
Ermanno Randi
as Enrico Caruso
Enrico Caruso
and Gina Lollobrigida. Its original Italian title is Enrico Caruso: leggenda di una voce (Enrico Caruso: Legend of a Voice). It was produced by Asso Film, Londo Films and Tirenna Film Associata di Roma.[1] [2] It was adapted from a novel by Frank Thiess, Neapolitanische Legende (Neapolitan Legend). The film follows the life of the legendary tenor from childhood poverty in Naples to the beginning of his rise to fame.[3] Caruso's voice was provided by Mario Del Monaco and Lollobrigida's voice was dubbed by Dhia Cristiani.[4][5][6]

Contents

1 Cast 2 Reception 3 References 4 External links

Cast[edit]

Ermanno Randi
Ermanno Randi
as Enrico Caruso Gina Lollobrigida
Gina Lollobrigida
as Stella Ciro Scafa as Luigi Gregorio Proboseide Carlo Sposito
Carlo Sposito
as Giovanni "Gianni" Palma Maurizio Di Nardo as Caruso as a boy Gaetano Verna as Caruso's father Mária Tasnádi Fekete
Mária Tasnádi Fekete
as Anna (Caruso's mother) Lamberto Picasso as Vergine the Maestro Nerio Bernardi
Nerio Bernardi
as Francesco Zucchi Gianpaolo Rosmino as Goffredo Romano Laurienzo as Gino Saltamerenda Elena Sangro
Elena Sangro
as Signora Tivaldi Franca Tamantini
Franca Tamantini
as Carragi, a soprano Mimi Ferrari

Reception[edit] Although an initial commercial success,[7] the film producers knew that the film was almost total fiction; indeed, an introductory title describes the plot as "a poetic interpretation of [Caruso's] youth."[8] The film has thus been called a "travesty" because it had so many biographical inaccuracies.[4] The film greatly upset the Caruso family who ended up suing the producers of the film for five million lire.[4]The family also successfully sued Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer who was forced to withdraw The Great Caruso from distribution in Italy because of that film's many inaccuracies. Shortly after the film's release Ermanno Randi
Ermanno Randi
was murdered by his lover Giuseppe Maggiore in a jealous rage. References[edit]

^ Unesco. Dept. of Mass Communications; Unesco. Mass Communication Techniques Division (1956). Reports and papers on mass communication. UNESCO. p. 63. Retrieved 3 October 2011.  ^ Bessette, Roland L. (1999). Mario Lanza: tenor in exile. Amadeus Press. p. 109. ISBN 978-1-57467-044-8. Retrieved 3 October 2011.  ^ Craddock, Jim (20 January 2005). Videohound's Golden Movie Retriever 2005. Thomson/Gale. ISBN 978-0-7876-7470-0. Retrieved 3 October 2011.  ^ a b c Mannering, Derek (5 July 2005). Mario Lanza: singing to the gods. Univ. Press of Mississippi. p. 89. ISBN 978-1-57806-741-1. Retrieved 3 October 2011.  ^ National Board of Review of Motion Pictures (U.S.) (1967). Films in review. National Board of Review of Motion Pictures. p. 200. Retrieved 3 October 2011.  ^ Canales, Luis (1990). Imperial Gina: the strictly unauthorized biography of Gina Lollobrigida. Branden Books. p. 258. ISBN 978-0-8283-1932-4. Retrieved 3 October 2011.  ^ Pini, Andrea (2011). Quando eravamo froci. Gli omosessuali nell'Italia di una volta. Il Saggiatore. p. 25. ISBN 978-88-428-1654-6. Retrieved 3 October 2011.  ^ "The Young Caruso". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 October 2011. 

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