The acclaimed Tony Palmer helmed this 1984 biopic on 19th and early 20th century Italian composer Giacomo Puccini, here portrayed by Robert Stephens. Palmer opts to focus not on the whole gestalt of Puccini’s life, but on a devastating scandal that transpired in 1909, when Giacomo’s wife, Elvira Puccini, accused maid Doria Manfredi of bedding her husband. The unfounded allegations prompted a massive lawsuit from the maid’s family, and nearly toppled Giacomo’s illustrious career.
Director: Tony Palmer.
Stars: Robert Stephens, Virginia McKenna, Judith Howarth, Robert Urquhart, Bill Fraser, William Squire, Peter Woodthorpe, Andrew Cruickshank, Phil McCall, Rupert Graves, Ronald Pickup, Kay Gallie, Juliette James, Zanna Wilford, Lisa Bergmayr.
Many thanks to Frankie for sending me a copy of this movie.
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