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The Singer from Mexico
Directed by Richard Pottier
Origin France
Genres Comedy, Musical theatre, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Films based on operas, Operetta films
Actors Luis Mariano, André Bourvil, Annie Cordy, Tilda Thamar, Fernando Rey, Gisèle Grandpré

À la fête de Lesaca, petit village du Pays Basque espagnol, se produisent le chanteur Vincent Etchebar et son fidèle ami trompettiste Bilou. L'impresario parisien Cartoni remarque Vincent et souhaite l'engager. Au même moment, le ténor Miguel Morano, refuse de partir pour le Mexique avec la vedette féminine Eva Marchal, de peur de retrouver Tornada, une furie à qui il a autrefois promis le mariage. Alors que Vincent et Bilou sont montés à Paris, Cartoni les recherche désespérément. Vincent sosie de Morano, remplacera sa vedette dans le rôle titre de l'opérette Le Chanteur de Mexico, sans se douter qu'il existe un vrai Miguel Morano. Mais les deux compères restent introuvables. Ils sont devenus peintres en bâtiment sur la Tour Eiffel, et logent dans le même immeuble que Cricri, une pétillante jeune fille. Grâce à un concours radiophonique, auquel il s'est inscrit sur l'insistance de Cricri, Cartoni l'entend et le convoque. Vincent est engagé et est présenté à sa partenaire. Eva s'éprend de lui et le fait répéter en privé chez elle. Quant à Vincent, entre elle et Cricri, son cœur balance. L'équipe part pour le Mexique. Dès son arrivée à Acapulco, Vincent, sous le pseudonyme de Miguel Morano, est repéré par Tornada qui réussit à le faire enlever. Mais Bilou, Cricri et Cartoni arrivent à temps pour expliquer la méprise. Alors que Cricri et Vincent s'avouent leur amour et que Bilou tente de réconforter Tornada, la tournée se termine dans la capitale Mexico.
Carmen Jones, 1h45
Directed by Otto Preminger
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Théâtre, Musical films, Political films, Films based on plays, Films based on musicals, Films based on operas, Children's films
Actors Dorothy Dandridge, Pearl Bailey, Harry Belafonte, Roy Glenn, Diahann Carroll, Brock Peters

Set during World War II, the story focuses on Carmen Jones, a vixen who works in a parachute factory in North Carolina. When she is arrested for fighting with a co-worker who reported her for arriving late for work, foreman Sgt. Brown assigns young soldier Joe to deliver her to the authorities, much to the dismay of Joe's fiancée Cindy Lou, who had agreed to marry him during his leave.
The Desert Song, 1h50
Directed by H. Bruce Humberstone
Origin USA
Genres Musical, Romance
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Films based on operas, Operetta films
Actors Kathryn Grayson, Gordon MacRae, Raymond Massey, Steve Cochran, Dick Wesson, William Conrad

The original plot is more-or-less adhered to, with some significant alterations. Benny is depicted as a comic Bob Hope-like coward, but not as a sissy. El Khobar's alter ego is that of a mild-mannered (but not squeamish) Latin tutor and anthropologist, whom Birabeau (Ray Collins) hires to keep Margot (Kathryn Grayson) from flirting with his regiment.
Maytime (1937)
, 1h40
Directed by Robert Z. Leonard
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Films based on operas
Actors Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, John Barrymore, Russell Hicks, Frank Puglia, Sig Ruman

At a small town May Day celebration, elderly Miss Morrison (Jeanette MacDonald) tries to console her young friend Kip (Tom Brown), whose sweetheart Barbara (Lynne Carver) has been offered a job on the operatic stage. Later Barbara goes for comfort to Miss Morrison, who reveals that years ago she was the internationally famous opera diva Marcia Mornay. Miss Morrison then relates her story: Marcia, a young American singer in Paris, is guided to success by famed voice teacher Nicolai Nazaroff (John Barrymore), who introduces her at the court of Louis Napoleon. That night, Nicolai proposes to Marcia and she accepts, even though they both know that she is not in love with him. Later, feeling restless, Marcia takes a ride, and is stranded in the Latin Quarter when her driver's horse runs away. In a tavern, she meets American Paul Allison (Nelson Eddy), who is also a singer, but not as ambitious as Marcia. Though they are attracted to each other, she at first refuses to see him again out of loyalty to Nicolai, but soon promises to lunch with him the next day. They enjoy their lunch together, but Marcia again says that they can no longer see each other and leaves. Paul then steals tickets to see her perform The Huguenots that evening, and after he is thrown out of his seat by the manager, he goes to her dressing room and only leaves when she promises to join him at St. Cloud for a May Day celebration. During the celebration, Paul tells her he loves her, but she says that she owes Nicolai too much and could never break a promise to him. They then part after vowing always to remember their day together.
The Tales of Hoffmann, 2h8
Directed by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Fantasy, Adventure, Musical, Romance
Themes Dance films, Films about writers, Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Films based on operas
Actors Moira Shearer, Ludmila Tcherina, Robert Helpmann, Pamela Brown, Ann Ayars, Mogens Wieth

In the prologue, Hoffmann is in the audience at a performance by Stella, a prima ballerina. Stella sends Hoffmann a note asking him to meet her after the performance, but the note is intercepted by his rival, Councillor Lindorf. Not having received her note, Hoffmann goes to the tavern in the interval, where he tells the story of a clown, Kleinzach and three stories of his past loves — Olympia, Giulietta and Antonia, and gets drunk.
Rosita (1923)
, 1h30
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch, Raoul Walsh
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Théâtre, Musical films, Films based on plays, Films based on operas
Actors Mary Pickford, Holbrook Blinn, Irene Rich, George Walsh, Charles Belcher, Frank Leigh

The film takes place in Seville, in a period where the city has sunk into the depths of depravity and sin. Shocked by the depths his people have sunk to, the king of Spain (Holbrook Blinn) decides to give the town a visit when a carnaval is organized in order to redeem it. One of its inhabitants is Rosita (Mary Pickford), a beloved street singer praised by the townspeople for her entertainment.
The Pirates of Penzance, 1h52
Directed by Wilford Leach
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Musical theatre, Romantic comedy, Swashbuckler, Musical, Romance
Themes Seafaring films, Films about music and musicians, Transport films, Pirate films, Musical films, Films based on operas
Actors Tony Azito, Kevin Kline, Angela Lansbury, Linda Ronstadt, George Rose, Rex Smith

Frederic (Rex Smith) was sent in the care of his nursemaid, Ruth (Angela Lansbury), to be apprenticed to a pilot. But she misunderstood her instructions, being hard of hearing, and apprenticed him instead to a pirate (Kevin Kline). Now he is turning 21 years old, and his service is finished, so he decides to leave the Pirates of Penzance. Ruth wants him to take her with him, but he soon meets some young maidens, the daughters of Major-General Stanley (George Rose), and realizes that Ruth is "plain and old". Frederic quickly falls in love with one of them, Mabel (Linda Ronstadt). He has a strong "sense of duty" and has vowed to lead a blameless life and to exterminate the pirates. Soon, however, the pirates return and seize the girls. Their father then arrives and lies to the pirates, telling them that he is an orphan. He knows that they are orphans themselves and never attack an orphan.
The Bohemian Girl
Directed by Josef von Sternberg, Harley Knoles
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Romance
Themes Musical films, Films based on operas
Actors Gladys Cooper, Ivor Novello, C. Aubrey Smith, Ellen Drew, Ellen Terry, Constance Collier

Arline is the little daughter of Count Arnheim, governor of an Austrian province who lives in feudal splendor near a forest where a Gypsy Queen and her tribe encamp, with her lieutenant, Devilshoof. He comes by chance upon Thaddeus, a young Polish refugee pursued by Austrian soldiers. Devilshoof protects the youth and offers him the concealment of gypsy garb. Arline escapes from the castle and is saved from a bear by Thaddeus, who with Devilshoof returns her to her father. It is in the midst of a banquet, that Thaddeus, a Pole, refuses to drink a toast to the Austrian emperor. Thaddeus is ejected in disgrace and Devilshoof vows to be revenged. He returns and, when the chance comes, carries Arline away. Twelve years of wandering finds Thaddeus part of the gypsy caravan and Arline grown to beautiful womanhood. Their love is discovered by the Gypsy Queen and because of her desire to wed Thaddeus she swears to accomplish the downfall of Arline. Count Florestein, a friend of Arline's father, is robbed of a medallion by the gypsies, who yield it to their Queen. This jewel the Queen gives to Arline when the girl sets out for a fair where she tells fortunes. Among her patrons is Florestein, who recognizes his medallion and orders the arrest of Arline. She is taken to the castle for trial, where, her own father is her judge. Count Arnheim is moved to gentleness he cannot understand and when the gypsy girl tells him her name he tremblingly summons the old nurse, who instantly recognizes her lost darling.
The Merry Widow, 1h52
Directed by Erich von Stroheim
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Monde imaginaire, Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Films based on operas, Operetta films
Actors Mae Murray, John Gilbert, Roy D'Arcy, George Fawcett, Josephine Crowell, Tully Marshall

Prince Danilo falls in love with dancer Sally O'Hara. His uncle, King Nikita I of Monteblanco forbids the marriage because she is a commoner. Thinking she has been jilted by her prince, Sally marries old, lecherous Baron Sadoja, whose wealth has kept the kingdom afloat. When he dies suddenly, Sally must be wooed all over again by Danilo.
Carmen (1984)
, 2h32
Directed by Francesco Rosi
Origin France
Genres Drama, Musical theatre, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Films based on operas
Actors Ruggero Raimondi, Julien Guiomar, Cristina Hoyos

Voir le synopsis dans la page consacrée à l'opéra de Bizet : Carmen (opéra)
Madame Butterfly
Directed by Sidney Olcott
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Seafaring films, Films about music and musicians, Transport films, Musical films, Films based on operas
Actors Mary Pickford, Marshall Neilan, Caroline Harris, Cesare Gravina, David Burton

The film takes place in Japan in 1904. Lieutenant Pinkerton (Marshall Neilan) marries Cho-Cho-San 'Butterfly' (Mary Pickford), a 15-year-old Japanese geisha. Cho-Cho-San is lucky with her new husband and takes the marriage very seriously. Pinkterton, however, regards it as entertainment. He is not in love with her and plans to break off the wedding in a month. The American Consul (William T. Carleton) begs him to break off the wedding as soon as possible, to avoid hurting her feelings. The lieutenant laughs him off.
The Toll of the Sea, 54minutes
Directed by Chester M. Franklin, Chester Franklin
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Films based on operas
Actors Anna May Wong, Kenneth Harlan, Priscilla Moran

When young Chinese woman Lotus Flower sees an unconscious man floating in the water at the seashore, she quickly gets help for him. The man is Allen Carver, an American. Soon the two have fallen in love, and they get married "Chinese fashion". Carver promises to take her with him when he returns home. Lotus Flower's friends warn her that he will leave without her, and one states she has been forgotten by four American husbands, but she does not believe them. However, Carver's friends discourage him from fulfilling his promise, and he returns to the United States alone.
La Bohème
La Bohème (1926)
, 1h35
Directed by King Vidor
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Films about children, Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Films based on operas
Actors Lillian Gish, John Gilbert, Renée Adorée, Roy D'Arcy, George Hassell, Edward Everett Horton

Several struggling bohemians try to survive in the Latin Quarter of Paris in the winter of 1830, hoping to one day become famous. Playwright Rodolphe (John Gilbert) and his painter roommate Marcel (Gino Corrado) have trouble with Bernard (Eugene Pouyet), the landlord, who threatens to throw them out if they do not come up with the monthly rent that night. Rodolphe reluctantly starts writing an overdue article for a journal editor to earn some money, but the editor rejects his work. With the help of their friends, musician Schaunard (George Hassell) and bookish Colline (Edward Everett Horton), they are able to raise their rent money.
Aida (1953)
, 1h35
Directed by Clemente Fracassi
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Musical theatre, Musical
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Films based on operas
Actors Sophia Loren, Lois Maxwell, Luciano Della Marra, Afro Poli

This is the desperate love story of an Ethiopian slave Aida (Sophia Loren) staying in the then capital of Egypt Memphis with the young Egyptian supreme commander Radames (Luciano). Aida’s mistress, Amneris (Lois Maxwell), the daughter of the pharaoh is too in love with Radames. Aida doesn’t know how to hide her love, and Amneris is jealous of her because of her beauty and simplicity.