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.
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
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: