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The Glass Mountain (1949)

 |  Drama  |  May 1950 (USA)
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An aspiring composer, in the British Air Force for WWII, is downed in Italy and rescued by an Italian girl. He returns home to his wife, inspired to write an opera and aware that he's fallen in love with his rescuer.



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Credited cast:
Michael Denison ...
Richard Wilder
Dulcie Gray ...
Anne Wilder
Alida Morrosini
Bruce McLeod
Tito Gobbi ...
Tito Gobbi
Elena Rizzieri ...
Elena Rizzieri (segment "Maria' in opera)
F. Terschack ...
Sandro, the doctor
Antonio Centa ...
Gino, Alida's boyfriend
Arnold Marlé ...
Manager of Teatro La Fenice
Sydney King ...
Charles, the pilot (as Sidney King)
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An aspiring composer, in the British Air Force for WWII, is downed in Italy and rescued by an Italian girl. He returns home to his wife, inspired to write an opera and aware that he's fallen in love with his rescuer.

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Great Score by Nino Rota
3 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Finally got to see THE GLASS MOUNTAIN and was much impressed with the stars, Michael Denison, Dulcie Gray, Valentina Cortese, the location shooting in Venice and the Italian Dolomites, and the opera score by Nino Rota.

Story centers on sensitive composer (Denison) who marries (Gray) on the eve of WW II. He's shot down in the mountains and is saved by a local girl (Cortese) who nurses him back to health and tells him the myths about the doomed lovers who haunt the Glass Mountain, which looms over the village. His imagination is stirred. The war ends and he returns to England but his heart is in the mountains so he goes back to Italy and Cortese to write his opera, weaving bits of local folk music (a la Grieg) into his themes. At the debut of his opera at Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Cortese receives word that the estranged wife's plane has gone off course and crashed in the mountains because she wanted to see the Glass Mountain. Pure soap, but very effective.

There is a lengthy and beautifully staged sequence of the opera's climax with a terrific score by Nino Rota and sung by Tito Gobbi and Elena Rizzieri.

This was an English-Italian production directed by Henry Cass, who I don't think I've ever heard of.

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