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EXCLUSIVE: New Trailer for Restored Classic Opera Doc 'Tosca's Kiss,' Presented by Dustin Hoffman

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood May 21, 2014 at 2:00PM

TOH! has scored a trailer exclusive to the 30th anniversary restoration of Daniel Schmid’s classic music documentary “Tosca’s Kiss,” which centers on the lives and passions of a group of retired opera singers living in the Casa Verdi home in Milan.
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'Tosca's Kiss'
'Tosca's Kiss'

TOH! has scored a trailer exclusive to the 30th anniversary restoration of Daniel Schmid’s classic music documentary “Tosca’s Kiss,” which centers on the lives and passions of a group of retired opera singers living in the Casa Verdi home in Milan.

'Tosca's Kiss'
'Tosca's Kiss'

The re-release is being presented by Dustin Hoffman. The doc holds a special place in Hoffman’s heart; his 2012 narrative film and directorial debut, “Quartet,” was inspired by the real-life characters in the Casa Verdi.

Here’s some more background on the founder of the unique retirement home, Giuseppe Verdi, and Swiss director Schmid:

Described by composer Giuseppe Verdi as his “finest work,” the Casa Verdi, the world’s first home for retired opera musicians, was founded in 1896 and still stands today on the Piazza Buonarotti in Milan, Italy. In Tosca's Kiss, the Swiss director Daniel Schmid (1941-2006), a friend and colleague of German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder and an accomplished director in his own right, captures a world in which wonderful characters re-live their triumphant roles of the glorious past. “Tosca’s Kiss” is a touching and often humorous film about love, aging and the capacity of music to inspire.

The re-release gives American audiences a chance to become reacquainted with the film, or experience it for the first time, as it has long been out of distribution stateside. The restoration, overseen by the Cinematheque Suisse, premiered at last year’s Venice Film Festival.

Icarus Films is distributing “Tosca’s Kiss,” set to arrive in theaters this summer. Watch the lovely new trailer, below:


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.