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An Opera Match for Hollywood

Al Pacino as Michael Corleone on the finish of The Godfather: Half III

By: Jennifer Colgan

The one-act opera Cavalleria rusticana was an instantaneous success for a younger Pietro Mascagni. Audiences beloved the extraordinary drama and sweeping melodies, demanding at least sixty curtain calls after its 1890 premiere. 100 years later, the powerhouse opera continues to realize followers—together with Hollywood legends Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola. Each administrators, a decade aside, featured the identical piece, “Intermezzo,” from Cavalleria rusticana of their movies—Scorsese’s Raging Bull (1980) and Coppola’s The Godfather: Half III (1990).

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Why Does Hollywood Love This Opera?

What in regards to the attractive “Intermezzo” caught the ear of those two influential filmmakers? Mascagni used it to indicate the passage of time between the 2 scenes of the opera’s single act, simply after Santuzza tells Alfio about Turiddu and Lola’s affair. (Want the cliff notes for the plot? Take a look at Cavalleria rusticana 101—Characters and Plot)  It’s peaceable, evocative, and plush, all whereas foreshadowing the battle to come back.

Cavalleria rusticana in Scorsese’s Raging Bull

You don’t want to attend lengthy to listen to the beloved “Intermezzo” in Raging Bull. In what has been referred to as one among cinema’s biggest opening sequences, it floats alongside romanticized, black-and-white footage of boxer Jake LaMotta (Robert De Niro) gracefully shifting across the ring. Scorsese used Mascagni’s lovely music to drive house the distinction between these elegant pictures of Jake and the pictures of his swiftly approaching downfall.

Cavalleria rusticana in Coppola’s The Godfather: Half III

In The Godfather: Half III, the “Intermezzo” seems on the finish of the movie. Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) and his household watch his son carry out in Cavalleria rusticana whereas his enemies execute a wide-reaching plan for revenge. Michael’s daughter is by accident killed, and Mascagni’s music is the one sound as he cradles her, screaming. The scene fades right into a montage of Michael’s recollections, ending together with his lonely loss of life in a Sicilian villa. The “Intermezzo” is the proper accompaniment to this heart-wrenching and poignant sequence and one of many few items of music to equal its emotional depth.

Whether or not you’d prefer to think about Jake LaMotta sparring, the demise of a strong mobster, or just wish to benefit from the music, we invite you to expertise Cavalleria rusticana and its inspirational “Intermezzo” dwell on the Ellie on September 10. Tickets begin at simply $39>>

What different films characteristic well-known operatic excerpts? Do you know this well-known “Intermezzo” was from Cavalleria rusticana?



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