- Acting of Lead Performers
- Acting of Supporting Cast
- Music Score
- Title Sequence
- Historical Importance
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This isn't the only film wherein the great Mario Lanza sings so exquisitely but this is by far the best of all of them. I grew up on Lanza's music and I will forever be indebted to my family for ensuring I was exposed to opera. I would listen to Lanza's records (78 rpm!) while I was doing my homework and then change to listening to Elvis Presley when I was with my friends! This is what the world of music does for anyone willing to embrace all art forms! The difference in Lanza and Caruso is the fact that Lanza had much more expression in his performances, particularly those in opera houses, not in film. Lanza;s voice could crescendo so beautifully whereas Caruso was, IMO, much too forced. Much credit in this particular film should go to the beautiful Ann Blyth for her role as Lanza's American connection and eventually his wife. Being married to a great artist must be extraordinarily difficult and Blyth pulled it all off with graciousness. The highlight of this film, and for my money the best of his career, is Lanza's singing Gounod's "Ave Maria" in the cathedral along with a small choirboy It always brings me to tears in its beauty. Thank heaven for TCM that they bring us this gorgeous voice.
the great caruso
ineffable,exquisite and unforgettable.his voice is unique,along with the passion he exhibits when he sings.truly a treat to watch and hear his performance today.thank you tcm!
Candy for the ears
Maybe the storyline is a bit forced at times, but The Great Caruso remains the best listening experience of any movie--from "A Vucchella" (look up the lyrics and you will see why the father is so angry) to another of Mario's signature "Ave Maria" renditions.
The Great Caruso
- Louisa Immel
When I was a child, people would tell me that opera was horrible and it was a waste of time to listen to it. I had to stay home from school for a few day because of an illness so I happened to turn on the television and I heard the most beautiful voice. It was so beautiful I stood there in awe with tears streaming down my face. I saw my first Mario Lanza movie, and the first time I heard opera, I have been a fan ever since. I would really love to have all of his movies on DVD.
Mario Lanza movies
I agree with Mr Nemeth I'd like to have all Mario Lanza's movies on DVD. I've always been a fan of him since I was a teenager when I first heard him sihg.
Mario Lanza movies
- Barnabas Nemeth
It's a shame that all the mario Lanza movies are unavailbale on DVD.
The Great Caruso (1951) on DVD
- Jeffrey Kenison
I would enjoy this on DVD too. I like Ann Blyth in this one.
I fell in love with Mario Lanza when I was a very young girl. His voice would make the hair stand up on the back of my neck. Since that time long ago, I watch any movie that is on TV just to hear him sing again. Please, someone try to get a DVD of "The Great Caruso" so I can bring back the memories of this great tenor who was taken from us much too soon.
Another Great Performance!
- Alethea Thomas
It's sad to omit such a classic from DVD. Lanza and Blyth were just outstanding!
- Jeff Smolen
It is truly a shame that this production is not available on DVD. Unfortunatley, all of the editing and reproduction of audio do not do justice tothe Maestro Enrico Caruso. We in this contry had an American Caruso, Mario Lanza. This is from a documentary i dimly remember seeing some eyars ago. I thank goodness I have the VHS of this movie. A DVD with the audio technology of the 21st century that would be bliss.