05/8/2020 5:35 am  #1

Bing Presents Oreste

Greg Van Beek has just spotted this rare short on YouTube. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1nAiVVZRJ4


05/8/2020 10:41 pm  #2

Re: Bing Presents Oreste

Oreste (or  Oreste Kirkop), a Maltese opera singer had a fair degree of success, though rather short lived in opera but got nowhere in films (The Vagabond King and little else).. His career was cut short by heart problems. 

He is remembered in his hometown, Hamrun in Malta, where there is a statue of him, but the mystery has to be why Bing was involved in what is basically a publicity film.


24/8/2020 5:30 am  #3

Re: Bing Presents Oreste

Thanks for that opportunity to see the film which I missed when it was shown at two theatrettes simultaneously for one week in Melbourne in October 1956. It was reviewed in the music magazine Tempo as 'an appealing musical short'. It was probably screened in Sydney also. Theatrettes were small cinemas which presented one-hour long programs of short subjects, cartoons and newsreels.


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