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Before Him All Rome Trembled


The plot of the Italian Before Him All Rome Trembled bears traces of the Puccini opera Puccini. Let's go farther than that: it is Puccini, albeit in modern dress. During World War II, British agent Joop van Hulsen parachutes into Rome. He is hidden in the catacombs of the Royal Opera by anti-fascists. As a production of Puccini progresses on the stage of the opera house, the activities below ground begin to mirror the events in the Puccini piece, wherein the heroine must choose between allowing a...more