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Mother Song (1937)

Mutterlied (original title)


Carmine Gallone


Aldo De Benedetti (adaptation), Leonhard Fürst (novel) (as Leonardo Furst) | 11 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Beniamino Gigli ... Ettore Vanni
Maria Cebotari ... Fiamma Vanni - seine Frau
Peter Bosse ... Mario - sein Sohn
Hans Moser ... Giulio Stückelmeier
Michael Bohnen Michael Bohnen ... Cesare Doret
Hilde Hildebrand ... Ricarda Doret, seine Frau
Alfred Gerasch ... Intendant
Josef Dahmen ... Inspizient
Werner Pledath Werner Pledath ... Arzt
Hilde Maroff ... Krankenschwester
Herbert Gernot Herbert Gernot ... Rechtsanwalt
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
P. Abel P. Abel
K. Hauert K. Hauert
I. Hirth I. Hirth
Philipp Lothar Mayring Philipp Lothar Mayring


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based on novel | See All (1) »


Drama | Musical


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Italy | Germany



Release Date:

18 May 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mother Song See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (as R.C.A. Sound System)| Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Italian censorship visa #29995 delivered on 31 January 1938. See more »


Ninna nanna della vita
Music by Bruno Cherubini
Lyrics by Cesare A. Bixio
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A truly dreadful film
22 February 2010 | by jerrylbSee all my reviews

The Wikipedia entry for Carmine Gallone says that he was considered one of Italian cinema's top early directors, directing over 120 films in his fifty year career between 1913 and 1963.

Judging by this sole example I have seen of his work (made in 1938), he hadn't made much progress since 1913. Static camera work, flabby dialogue, plot cooked up on the back of a postage stamp, editing done by a hibernating sloth, indifferent lighting, opera stars who couldn't act their way out of a paper bag in front of a camera, let alone on stage; I could go on and on ripping this paper-thin film to shreds, but it gets depressing after a very short while.

Gigli and Cebotari may have been great singers, but they get upstaged by the furniture. There are plenty of operatic excerpts, but they are even more boringly acted and shot than the main film.

There is, however, one great moment when Gigli sings the Mozart duet "La ci darem il mano" with his young son aged about 5; the roles are reversed with Gigli taking the soprano role, wearing a headscarf and singing falsetto. This apparently unscripted 30 seconds of film is genuinely hilarious (for opera buffs at least) but the rest is really appalling.

2 out of 10.

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