TOSCA

TOSCA

A co-production by Euripide Productions, Integral Film GMBH, Veradia Film, Seven Stars Systems, Axiom Films, France 3 Cinema, WDR Arte, TELE+ with the participation of CANAL+ of the Sofica France Television Images, Filmforderunganstalt, The Centre National de la Cinematographie and the French-German Coproductions Fund with the support of Eurimages and Filmstiftung NRW

Official Selection Venice Film Festival 2002, TOSCA, Benoît Jacquot’s acclaimed film of Puccini’s opera, stars Angela Gheorghiu in the title role with Roberto Alagna, Ruggero Raimondi and the Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, under Sir Antonio Pappano.

Acte I - The painter Mario Cavaradossi, who is working in Sant'Andrea della Valle Church, helps a political prisoner who has taken refuge there. He conceals the fact to Tosca a famous prima donna and his jealous mistress, who has come to meet him. Then he takes the prisoner to his villa just before the arrival of the head-policeman Scarpia. The latter, suspicious about Mario, makes Tosca believe that her lover is unfaithful, and Tosca is followed when she rushes to Mario's villa.

Acte II - Scarpia has dinner at Palazzo Farnese, where there is a celebration in which Tosca sings. Spoletta, Scarpia's right-hand man, arrives with Mario who has been arrested. The latter is tortured. Tosca, summoned by Scarpia, can't stand the torturing and reveals where the fugitive is hidden. Mario has deserved the death sentence, but Scarpia promises Tosca his life will be spared (his execution will only be simulated) provided she gives herself to him. Tosca pretends to consent but, when Scarpia comes near her, she stabs him.

Acte III - At down, Mario is waiting for his execution on the terrace-roof of Castel Sant'Angelo. Tosca arrives and tells him she killed Scarpia. His execution will be shammed, but he'll have to simulate death as best he can. The firing squad arrives and shoots at him, Mario falls down, the squad withdraws. Tosca runs to her lover: she realizes in horror he has been actually shot death! Spoletta comes up to arrest her, and Tosca hurls herself into empty space.

Director: Benoit Jacquot
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Libretto: Luigi Illica, Giuseppe Giacosa
Play: Victorien Sardou
Starring: Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna, Ruggero Raimondi
Producer: Daniel Toscan du Plantier
Co-Producers: Douglas Cummins, Alfred Hurmer, Dagmar Jacobsen, Frederic Sichler, Alessandro Verdecchi
Line Producer: Patrizia Tallarico
Associate Producer: Levon Sayan
Executive Producer: Jean-Pierre Saire
Country: Italy, France, UK, Germany
Language: Italian
Genre: Opera
Year of Production: 2001
In Cinemas: 2002


* Credits not contractual.