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125 min
M1500 .V47 F35 2005

Opera. Music by Giuseppe Verdi. Libretto by Arrigo Boito after Shakespeare.

Götz Friedrich's charming, bawdy 1979 studio film of Verdi's comic masterpiece was acclaimed by critics for its Shakespearean vitality. The New York Daily News declared that it "marks that rare occasion when a filmed opera actually transcends the stage presentation ... The production is bound to lift your spirits."

Cast: Gabriel Bacquier (Sir John Falstaff) ; Richard Stilwell (Ford) ; Max-René Cosotti (Fenton) ; Karan Armstrong (Mrs. Alice Ford) ; Jutta Renate Ihloff (Nannetta) ; Sylvia Lindenstrand (Mrs. Meg Page) ; Marta Szirmay (Mrs. Quickly) ; John Lanigan (Dr. Cajus) ; Peter Maus (Bardolfo) ; Ulrik Cold (Pistola) ; supporting soloists ; Wiener Philharmoniker ; Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor ; Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin ; Schöneberger Sängerknaben ; Sir Georg Solti, conductor.

Sung in Italian; subtitles in Italian, English, German, French, Spanish and Chinese.

Distributed by Universal Classics (

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