Cuore Infranto (1946)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |   Run Time - 89 min.  |   Countries - Italy  |  
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Broken Love was the English-language title of the Italian musical Cuore Infrantro. The film is a showcase for the splendid singing of Beniamino Gigli, who in 1946 was endeavoring to prove to the world that he hadn't been a WW2 fascist collaborator. Accordingly, the film's storyline is completely apolitical, dealing with a world-famous tenor (Gigli) whose daughter (Camilla Horn) is suffering from a rare heart ailment. The tenor exacerbates his daughter's medical condition when he tries to meddle in her romance with a young bank clerk (Herbert Wilk). Everybody suffers operatically against a lavish backdrop of Venetian canals and Riviera gambling houses. The lachrymose musical climax, lifted from Puccini's La Boheme, is calculated to make sure that there won't be a dry eye in the audience.

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handicap, Italy, love, love-triangle, milquetoast