Bernardo De Pace, known as "The Wizard of the Mandolin," plays several tunes, including "Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna" and "That's Why I Love You."
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Dressed as Pagliacci and standing in front of a simple set - a curtain and a small bench behind him, abstract cactus sculptures on stands to his left and right - Bernardo De Pace, "the Wizard of the Mandolin" plays several pieces. He performs as if before an audience, although there is no sound from them. The camera occasionally moves into a closeup of De Pace. Half-way through, a string breaks, but he continues without a pause. Is that his hair or a Bakelite helmet? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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6 April 1927 (USA)  »

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That's Why I Love You
Music by Walter Donaldson
Performed on mandolin by Bernardo De Pace
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The Harpo of the Mandolin
1 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm never sure what to expect when I launch one of these old Vitaphone shorts. Some are painfully modest acts, and then there are gems like this where an exuberant performer is able to really sell it.

The campy nature of Mr. De Pace's manner is the best part of it although he obviously plays his mandolin well. It brings to mind a combination of Harpo Marx, Chico Marx and the 1960's pop-star Tiny Tim. I wonder who influenced who?

This short is one of the restored Vitaphone films included on the 2007 DVD release of "the Jazz Singer" as bonus material. The sound quality is surprisingly good in view of the age of the material.


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