In today's Repubblica crazy genius / film director/ opera fan / provocateur Emir Kusturica admits his man crush for Giuseppe Verdi and breaks the news that in 2013, to celebrate Verdi's bicentennial, he will direct Rigoletto for an Italian opera house that he cannot name at the time for contractual reason.
It will be something special for the Italian public, I'm in love with the powerful sense of life present in Verdi's operas. Staging images and music is fascinating: in opera, everything is blissfully abstract. In cinema, if you have to shoot a scene where somebody commits suicide by hanging, you have to create a modicum of realism; in opera, you only need a noose
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