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  1. Opera (1987 Film)

    aka: Terror at the Opera

    Director
    Dario Argento
    Producer
    Dario Argento

    Feature film. In this giallo a young opera singer, Betty (Marsillach) gets her big chance to sing Lady Macbeth when the previous star of an avant garde production of Verdi’s Macbeth breaks her leg....

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  2. From the Pole to the Equator (1986 Video)

    Director
    Yervant Gianikian; Angela Ricci Lucchi
    Producer
    Yervant Gianikian
    Subject
    Media studies
    Distribution
    Sale, Videocassette. VHS. b&w (tinted). silent (with music soundtrack). 80 min., 1997 sale: £15.99 (inclusive)

    Uses footage shot in 1910 by Italian cinematographer Luca Comerio (1894-1949) and reworks it into a montage of hand-tinted black-and-white images of exotic people and places, set to a minimalist musical...

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  3. Otello (1986 Film)

    Director
    Franco Zeffirelli
    Producer
    Menahem Golan; Yoram Globus
    Subject
    Music

    Filmed version of Verdi’s opera directed by Franco Zeffirelli. The Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro alla Scala, Milan are conducted by Lorin Maazel who also directed and produced the music. Placido...

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  4. Sogno di una Notte d’Estate (1983 Film)

    aka: Midsummer Night’s Dream, A

    Director
    Gabriel Salvatores
    Subject
    Music
    Distribution
    No archive copy or distributor found (2006)

    A rock musical version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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  5. Once Upon a Time in America (1983 Film)

    aka: C’Era una Volta in America

    Director
    Sergio Leone
    Producer
    Arnon Milchan

    Feature film epic telling the story of a group of Jewish gangsters from their youth in New York’s Lower East side through Prohibition to their reunion in the 1960s. Antony and Cleopatra is referenced...

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  6. Otello (1982) (1982 Video)

    Director
    Preben Montell
    Producer
    Gianfranco De Bosio
    Subject
    Drama; Music
    Distribution
    Sale, Videocassette. VHS. col. 150 min.

    A performance of the Verdi opera with Vladimir Atlantov as Otello, Kiri Te Kanawa as Desdemona and Piero Cappucilli as Iago. The orchestra and chorus of the Arena di Verona are conducted by Zoltan Pesko....

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  7. Padre Padrone (1979)

    Director
    Paolo e Vittorio Taviani
    Subject
    Italian studies; Sociology
    Distribution
    Sale, DVD (Region 2 PAL, 109 minutes), £19.99

    Padre Padrone is the intense and powerful tale of a young, barely literate shepherd boy, who lives under the thumb of his tyrannical and brutal peasant father. Rescued from his family and his isolated...

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  8. Don Giovanni (1979) (1979)

    Director
    Joseph Losey
    Subject
    Music
    Distribution
    Sale, DVD (Region 2 PAL, 162 minutes), £24.99

    Infamous womanizer Don Giovanni makes conquest after conquest, leaving seduced and abandoned women in his wake. When the ghost of the Commendatore he has killed appears, he is given a final chance to change...

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  9. Eros Perversion (1979 Film)

    aka: Twelfth Night William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night Piacer Vostra

    Director
    Ron Wertheim
    Producer
    Alexander Hacohen
    Distribution
    No archive copy or distributor found (10/2008).

    Soft porn musical film version of Twelfth Night.

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  10. Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978 Video)

    aka: Albero Degli Zoccoli, L’

    Director
    Ermanno Olmi
    Subject
    Italian studies; Media studies
    Distribution
    Videocassette. VHS. col. 170 min., 2001 sale: £15.99 (inclusive)

    Feature film about a poor farming family in Italy at the beginning of the 20th century. The family sacrifices to send the son to school, but his shoes break and there is no money to replace them.

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