" Rugantino " - Storia d'amore e de' cortello - by nickcarter ()
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In the 19th-century Rome papal, Rugantino, a young bully, arrogant and averse to any work, lives by Expedients aided by the trusty Eusebia that he peddles for his sister. The two together get board and lodging fooling The Fool on duty: At first an elderly prelate who, deceased, does not give them any bequest; And so Mastro "Titta", the famous executioner of the Pontifical State, authentic historical character. Mastro Titta is also the owner of an inn that manages together with his son nicknamed Bojetto(Little executioner"), after the abandonment by his wife who did not approve of his trade. He takes care of Rugantino and Eusebia but ends up falling in love with this, a love that is soon reciprocated. The beautiful Rosetta, wife of the violent and jealous Garcia Er Matrix, Cross and delight of all the young Romans, including Rugantino, who with some friends bets of seduce before the evening of the lanterns, enters the scene. The young man, despite humiliating vicissitudes, succeeds in the intent but ends with falling in love with the girl, so as not to mention the company, out of respect, to his companions; A demeanor that soon comes less because of his bully character, thus injuring her feelings.
During the carnival Garcia is assassinated by a criminal while Rugantino is elsewhere in the company of a noble. The protagonist is found accidentally next to the corpse and then, in order to redeem himself, he accuses himself of the murder, whose motive would be love for Rosetta. Imprisoned and sentenced to death, with Rosetta declaring her hopelessly in love, she rises on the scaffold supporting the guilt, thus demonstrating, facing death, of being a true man. The story ends with Mastro Talha who justice a Rugantino finally respected and admired by all.
' Rugantino ' was the first Italian music comedy to win Broadway. The debut at the Sistine Theatre took place in 1962 (I was there-the father of a good friend of mine was the director of the lights of the Sistine and he had us watch the show from the lighting room!), and the musical of Garinei and Giovannini, with music by Armando Trovajoli , had such an extraordinary success that the American theatrical impresario Alexander Cohen decided to bring the show transatlantic: after some dates in Toronto, the comedy landed on Broadway in February 1964, at the Teatro Mark Hellinger, where for three Weeks ' record sold out. Besides the skill of the actors, the music, the high level of choreography, scenes and costumes, the triumph was also due to a fundamental technical system for the comprehension of the text: the projection of English titles over the stage.
Apart from the note on my lucky presence at the inaugural event, all other notes are taken from Wikipedia and partly by Radioscrigno curated by Emilia Morelli https://web.archive.org/web/20100116135646/http://www.radio.rai.it/radioscrigno/restauri/1_ Restoration. CFM? Q_IDRES = 79
Image Comments (21)
What a great looking image you created here, just love it!
the battle between these two men is powerful. You captured their 'readiness', and their concentration. You captured this in their postures, their taut muscles, their gazes, and in the space between the two men---which they will soon cross, with battle. Rosetta and others look on, in total absorption in the fight.
Your light is a late-day light. And it's tinged with a "jaundiced" tone---ie, with a feeling of sickness, uneasiness. And the arches in the background make a fine back-drop to the scene, as if this battle unfolds in front of a very ancient structure. Very effective, Nicola, and very well done. I had never heard of the musical, and I'm amazed that they gave English subtitles over the production. I didn't know anyone could do that, back then. Fascinating description...