Geza Von Bolvary
Guido Cantini (1889-1945)
Riccardo Zandonai 1883-1944
Maurizio D'Ancora (b.1912)
Beniamino Gigli (1880-1957)
La Itala Film
D'Ancora's real name was Rodolfo Gucci.
Gigli was a well-known and enormously popular operatic tenor. His works are still available.
Sinaz also appeared with Rossano in La grande aurora, Noi Vivi/Addio Kira and Silenzio, si gira!
Rossano plays the role of Michele Donato, a musician, composer and director. "Ritorno" refers to the operatic work he
is composing, "The Return of Ulysses" ... specifically created as the debut vehicle for his love, a beautiful singer played
by Marte/Martha Herell. Disillusioned with what he perceives as her abandonment of his work on her road to success, he
nearly destroys it by re-working it as a contemporary showtune piece, only to catch himself at the last minute. She
performs the work at La Strada to critical acclaim, along with tenor Beniamino Gigli.
Rossano's intensity as a performer has always lended itself well to roles as musicians - specifically pianists - and
conductors, and this is one of his earliest performances as an orchestral conductor, a role he took up again in
Interlude and then again, briefly, in The Battle of the Villa Fiorita.
(Top and left) From Cinevita, 26 September 1942. Courtesy of Connie Liss.
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