Cover image for Passion
Sondheim, Stephen, composer, lyricist.
Publication Information:
Chatsworth, CA : Image Entertainment, [2003]
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (115 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
"In 19th century Italy, handsome soldier Giorgio is embroiled in a steamy affair with lovely, and married, Clara. Giorgio is transferred from Milan to a remote military outpost, where he comes in contact with the ailing, homely Fosca, his commanding officer's cousin. Fosca falls instantly and deeply in love with Giorgio, who resists her affections. Gradually, she reveals, and Giorgio learns to appreciate, what is truly beautiful about herself"--Container.
General Note:
Based on the film Passione d'amore, directed by Ettore Scola.

Program notes by Paul Salsini, inserted.

Originally broadcast on American Playhouse, Sept. 8th, 1996.

Special features: audio commentary with Stephen Sondheim, James Lapine, Donna Murphy, Jere Shea, Marin Mazzie, Ira Weitzman (recorded December 18, 2002); bonus audio-only extended cut of "No one has ever loved me, " cut during previews; audio selection; song selections; "Passion" extras.
Reading Level:
MPAA rating: Not rated.
Added Title:
Passione d'amore.


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DVD 5861 Adult DVD Open Shelf
M1508.S48 P3 2003V Adult DVD Central Library

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A soldier learns about himself and love in this made-for-TV filmed version of the Stephen Sondheim musical. Jere Shea stars as Giorgio, a soldier who has a passionate affair with a beautiful and married woman named Clara (Marin Mazzie). When Giorgio gets stationed in distant Italy, he is separated from Clara and attracts the attention of a homely, ill woman named Fosca (Donna Murphy). He at first repels Fosca's advances but over time he slowly warms up and not only accepts her love, but returns it. ~ Bernadette McCallion, Rovi

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Booklist Review

Passion is--even for Stephen Sondheim--a remarkable musical, a brooding meditation on love and passion that is at once simple and deeply moving. In it, Sondheim, often criticized for being cerebral, proves he can write a show's worth of lush, emotionally honest songs. Moreover, a close reading of Lapine's book reveals how much his work contributes to the show's power. Based on Italian filmmaker Ettore Scola's Passione d'Amore (1981) and its source, the novel Fosca (1869) by I. U. Tarchetti, Lapine's book has a polished singleness of purpose rare in musical theater. The dialogue is spare, and the story--about an army officer torn between two lovers, one pretty but shallow the other plain but deep--advances with breathtaking economy. It must, to make way for the songs. Yet the book does not feel incomplete; read without Sondheim's music, the libretto (Lapine's book and Sondheim's own beautiful lyrics) registers as a fully engaging, if somewhat poetic, work that stands complete in its own right. (Reviewed Apr. 1, 1995)1559360879Jack Helbig