The Barber of Seville (1948 film)
The Barber of Seville (French: Le Barbier de Séville) is a French film directed by Jean Loubignac released in 1948. It is a screen version of the 1816 opera by Rossini based on the play by Beaumarchais (in the translation by Castil-Blaze). Filmed at the Billancourt Studios it uses the Théâtre national de l'Opéra-Comique production of the time.
It was filmed in 1947, released in May 1948, and lasts around 95 minutes.
The opera had been seen at all the principal lyric theatres in Paris; at the Salle Favart it had been performed over 500 times by the time of the film, which features several popular singers from the company.
The film director is Jean Loubignac, director of photography René Colas, sets by Louis Le Barbenchon, and producer Claude Dolbert, for Codo-Cinéma.
- Roger Bussonnet as Figaro
- Raymond Amade as Almaviva
- Lucienne Jourfier as Rosine
- Louis Musy as Don Bartolo
- Roger Bourdin as Don Bazile
- Renée Gilly as Marceline
- Jean Vieuille as Pédrille
- Gustave Wion as L'Officier
- Serge Rallier as L'Alcade
- Jean Retty as Le Notaire
The chorus and orchestra of the Opéra-Comique are conducted by André Cluytens.
- Le Cinéma Français site, retrieved 29 July 2013
- Turconi, Davide. Filmographie. L'avant-scène opéra – Cinéma et Opéra, no. 98 (May 1987): 123.
- Wolff, Stéphane. Un demi-siècle d'Opéra-Comique 1900–1950. André Bonne, Paris, 1953, p. 27.
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