The Barber of Seville (1948 film)

The Barber of Seville (French: Le Barbier de Séville) is a French film directed by Jean Loubignac released in 1948.[1] It is a screen version of the 1816 opera by Rossini based on the play by Beaumarchais (in the translation by Castil-Blaze). Filmed at the Billancourt Studios it uses the Théâtre national de l'Opéra-Comique production of the time.[2]

It was filmed in 1947, released in May 1948, and lasts around 95 minutes.[1]

The opera had been seen at all the principal lyric theatres in Paris; at the Salle Favart it had been performed over 500 times by the time of the film, which features several popular singers from the company.[3]

The film director is Jean Loubignac, director of photography René Colas, sets by Louis Le Barbenchon, and producer Claude Dolbert, for Codo-Cinéma.


The chorus and orchestra of the Opéra-Comique are conducted by André Cluytens.


  1. Le Cinéma Français site, retrieved 29 July 2013
  2. Turconi, Davide. Filmographie. L'avant-scène opéra – Cinéma et Opéra, no. 98 (May 1987): 123.
  3. Wolff, Stéphane. Un demi-siècle d'Opéra-Comique 1900–1950. André Bonne, Paris, 1953, p. 27.
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