La Traviata (1982)

FRANCO ZEFFIRELLI

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

Italy, 1982.  , . Screenplay by Franco Zeffirelli, based on the libretto by  and the novel La Dame Aux Camelias by .  Cinematography by . Produced by .  Production Design by Franco Zeffirelli.  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  Academy Awards 1982.  Golden Globe Awards 1982.  

Classic stage operas rarely make the transition to the screen comfortably, but this handsomely mounted production by Franco Zeffirelli is one of those exceptions that prove the rule. Verdi’s musical score sounds lush and grand as  and  play the doomed lovers who, thanks to divisions of class and general snobbery, are not allowed to be together. He is a wealthy man and she a courtesan, and though he loves her terribly she decides to give in to his father’s request and stay out of the young man’s way in order to not ruin his future. Naturally, corsets and consumption are involved, but not without a few great arias before it ends! The story is based on La Dame Aux Camelias (known more colloquially as Camille to English speakers) by Alexandre Dumas (Jr.).

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