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Ridi PAGLIACCIO (DVD)
The best plot of any Gigli movie.
Paul Hörbiger movingly portrays the real-life
Canio on whom the opera was based. In the
opera's premiere, Gigli is the Canio. To express
the drama, he colors his voice far more than
any other Canio on film or record. The film
includes nearly the entire role.
In Ridi Pagliaccio Gigli's voice is more mature--
and more appropriate for the part--than in his
1934 recording. On the recording he is colder
and less detailed interpretively. It was made
before he had stage experience with the role,
whereas the film dates from 1942, when he
was appearing as Canio at the Rome Opera. In
the 1934 recording he gives priority to sonority.
In Ridi Pagliaccio he gives priority to emotion.