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Some exterior scenes in this film were shot in Jacksonville and Fort Marion, FL. The play was the basis for an opera produced in Rome, 1900 with music by Giacomo Puccini and libretto by Illica and Giacosa. One review credits the character of Spoletti to W. H. Forsythe. In addition to the 1915 Fox version, The Song of Hate (see above), among the many other film versions of Sardou's play or Puccini's opera are: the 1940 Italian production, starring Michel Simon and directed by Carl Koch and Jean Renoir; the 1956 Italian opera film, directed by Carmine Gallone; and the 1973 Italian production, starring Monica Vitti and Vittorio Gassman and directed by Luigi ... More Less

Some exterior scenes in this film were shot in Jacksonville and Fort Marion, FL. The play was the basis for an opera produced in Rome, 1900 with music by Giacomo Puccini and libretto by Illica and Giacosa. One review credits the character of Spoletti to W. H. Forsythe. In addition to the 1915 Fox version, The Song of Hate (see above), among the many other film versions of Sardou's play or Puccini's opera are: the 1940 Italian production, starring Michel Simon and directed by Carl Koch and Jean Renoir; the 1956 Italian opera film, directed by Carmine Gallone; and the 1973 Italian production, starring Monica Vitti and Vittorio Gassman and directed by Luigi Magni. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
19 Jan 18
p. 615.
ETR
9 Feb 18
p. 833.
ETR
6 Apr 18
p. 1457, 1464
MPN
28 Dec 18
p. 1557.
MPN
16 Feb 18
p. 1000.
MPN
6 Apr 18
p. 2093.
MPW
30 Mar 18
p. 1869.
MPW
6 Apr 18
p. 130.
NYDM
30 Mar 18
p. 26.
NYDM
6 Apr 18
p. 18.
Variety
29 Mar 18
p. 45.
Wid's
18 Apr 18
p. 1081.
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LITERARY
Based on the play La Tosca by Victorien Sardou (Paris, 24 Nov 1887).
DETAILS
Release Date:
25 March 1918
Copyright Claimant:
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
5 March 1918
Copyright Number:
LP12159
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Floria Tosca, a famous Italian opera singer, suspects that her lover, Mario Cavaradossi, is unfaithful and secretly follows him to his villa on the outskirts of Rome. La Tosca is relieved to discover that Mario is harboring not another woman but Cesare Angelotti, a political prisoner. Her relief turns to despair, however, when Baron Scarpia, Rome's tyrannical chief of police, arrives and demands that Mario turn Cesare over to the authorities under penalty of torture. He refuses, but La Tosca, unable to endure Mario's screams, confesses. All three are arrested, and the baron threatens to have Mario shot unless La Tosca gives herself to him. She consents, but when Scarpia approaches her, she stabs him. Finding that Mario has been shot despite the baron's promise, she leaps from a high tower to her ... +


Floria Tosca, a famous Italian opera singer, suspects that her lover, Mario Cavaradossi, is unfaithful and secretly follows him to his villa on the outskirts of Rome. La Tosca is relieved to discover that Mario is harboring not another woman but Cesare Angelotti, a political prisoner. Her relief turns to despair, however, when Baron Scarpia, Rome's tyrannical chief of police, arrives and demands that Mario turn Cesare over to the authorities under penalty of torture. He refuses, but La Tosca, unable to endure Mario's screams, confesses. All three are arrested, and the baron threatens to have Mario shot unless La Tosca gives herself to him. She consents, but when Scarpia approaches her, she stabs him. Finding that Mario has been shot despite the baron's promise, she leaps from a high tower to her death. +

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