La Tosca (film)

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La Tosca
La Tosca (film).jpg
Directed by Luigi Magni
Produced by Ugo Tucci
Written by Victorien Sardou (play), Luigi Magni (story and screenplay)
Starring Monica Vitti, Gigi Proietti, Vittorio Gassman, Aldo Fabrizi
Music by Armando Trovajoli
Cinematography Franco Di Giacomo
Edited by Ruggero Mastroianni
Distributed by Titanus
Release date
  • 1973 (1973)
Running time
104 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian, Roman dialect

La Tosca (also known as Tosca) is a 1973 Italian comedy-drama film written and directed by Luigi Magni.[1] It is loosely based on the drama with the same name by Victorien Sardou, reinterpreted in an ironic-grotesque style.[2]


Rome, 14 June 1800. Napoleon's army threatens to conquer Italy, including the Papal States. Rome is reeking with corruption, especially among the clergy, determined to retain their privileges based on the exploitation of the poor ignorant people.

The fugitive patriot Cesare Angelotti, escaped from Castel Sant'Angelo, is sheltered by painter Mario Cavaradossi. Baron Scarpia, regent of the Pontifical Police, hunts him down by duping Floria Tosca, Cavaradossi's mistress, into thinking that her lover is cheating on her. The woman, trailed by Scarpia, heads for Cavaradossi's house, hoping to catch him in the act, but finds him instead in Angelotti's company. Realizing she's been deceived, Tosca tries her best to save her lover, but it is too late. Scarpia reaches the house and surprises Angelotti, who commits suicide rather than being taken in.

Scarpia then arrests the painter for high treason, a capital offense. Lusting after Tosca, the baron blackmails her: he will have the painter freed if she yields to his sexual advances. She accedes, whereupon he makes a show of ordering his minions to have the painter shot with blanks. The letter of safe conduct written, Scarpia is then stabbed in the back by Tosca, who then bolts off to Castel Sant'Angelo to be reunited with her lover. However, Cavaradossi is executed for real, and Tosca, in despair, throws herself off the ramparts of the castle and commits suicide.

Life in Rome continues seemingly unchanged, with the clergy oblivious to the new times looming, and the changes about to overtake the world.



  1. ^ Enrico Giacovelli. Un secolo di cinema italiano. Lindau, 2002. 
  2. ^ Paolo Mereghetti. Il Mereghetti: dizionario dei film 2002. Baldini & Castoldi, 2001. 

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