Lanza’s ‘Caruso’ in musical series

May 17, 2014
Tenor Mario Lanza's third film, “The Great Caruso,” was a huge commercial success.

Thomaston — Friends of the Thomaston Public Library presents its Friday Night Film Series with screenings weekly at 6:30 p.m. in the community room of Thomaston Public Library in the Thomaston Academy Building, 60 Main St./Route 1. May movies celebrate Musical Lives.

The May 23 film is “The Great Caruso,” a G-rated film from 1951 that runs 109 minutes. Mario Lanza stars in this Oscar-winning fictionalized account of Italian tenor Enrico Caruso's journey from obscurity in Naples to his celebrated operatic career at the Met in New York, suggested by Dorothy Caruso’s biography of her husband. Directed by Richard Thorpe and featuring a magnificent score, this musical extravaganza also stars Ann Blyth, Dorothy Kirsten, Richard Hageman, Blanche Thebom, Eduard Franz and Jarmila Novotna.

This month’s series will conclude May 30 with “Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey” (1994, USA/UK). Friday Night Films are open to the public and free of charge, but donations are gratefully accepted. Light refreshments will be served. The Thomaston Academy building is handicapped accessible from the rear entrance. For more information, call the library at 354-2453.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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