“A NIGHT AT THE OPERA” by ELÍAS RALLO (LOW B2)
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A Night at the Opera is probably the most important Marx Brothers film along with Duck Soup. Starring with The Marx Brothers (Groucho, Chico and Harpo), the lovely Margaret Dumont (Mrs. Claypool) and Allan Jones and Kitty Carlisle as Ricardo and Rosa, the film is a wonderful black and white comedy. It was directed by Sam Wood in 1935 and nowadays, it is considered a masterpiece of the comedy genre and an old classic Hollywood film.
As it usually happens in all Marx Brothers´ comedies, Groucho deceives somebody by pretending to be someone else. In this case, Groucho will be a member of the high society, cheating Mrs. Claypool, a famous high society millionaire lady who is going to fund an opera company directed by Mr. Gottlieb, and old crank fellow with a peculiar German accent. This very famous Italian opera company has to go to New York to represent “Il Trovatore”, a Guiseppe Verdi opera. The Marx Brothers are close to one of the chorus singer (Ricardo) who is in love with the “prima dona” (Rosa). Ricardo is not invited to sing in New York and he does not have money to follow his lover. Their Atlantic voyage as stowaways on an ocean liner will finish at the New York harbour after a long and mad adventure on the ship. Groucho and his brothers will drive crazy not only the director of the opera, but also all the crew members in order to help Antonio to get closer to Rosa.
A Night at the Opera is an hilarious and intelligent comedy. It is not considered a musical comedy although there are quite a few musical numbers throughout the film. The film is full of illogical and anarchic situations, including one of the most famous scene in the cinema history; “The stateroom scene”. A 30’s classical film with a smart and surreal sense of humour that everybody should enjoy. A gem of cinema´s history.
GREAT JOB ELÍAS!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!