For the First Time (1959 film)
|For the First Time|
|Directed by||Rudolph Maté|
|Produced by||Corona Filmproduktion|
|Written by||Andrew Solt|
Johanna von Koczian
Zsa Zsa Gabor
|Music by||George Stoll|
|Edited by||Gene Ruggiero|
|26 August 1959|
|Country||Italy and United States|
Filmed on location in 1958 in Capri, Salzburg, Berlin and at the Rome Opera House, the film told the sentimental story of an operatic tenor (Tony Costa) who finds love for the first time with a young German woman (played by Johanna von Koczian), who happens to be deaf.
The film was directed by Rudolph Mate, and featured Kurt Kasznar and Zsa Zsa Gabor in supporting roles. Critics singled out Lanza's singing of "Vesti la Giubba" from Pagliacci and the Death Scene from Otello for special praise, with Howard Thompson of The New York Times calling it the tenor's "most disarming vehicle in years."
- The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
Cesari, Armando. Mario Lanza: An American Tragedy (Fort Worth: Baskerville, 2004).
- For the First Time on IMDb
- For the First Time at AllMovie
- For the First Time at the TCM Movie Database
- For the First Time at the American Film Institute Catalog
- For the First Time: Lanza's Sweet Little Swansong, by Derek McGovern