Ballo al Castello (1939)

Genres - Romance  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - Italy   |  
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Several years before she was "discovered" by Hollywood, Alida Valli headed the cast of the minor comedy-fantasy Ballo al Castello (Ball at the Castle). While on her way to dance class, ballerina Greta Larsen (Valli) is given a ride by the handsome Crown Prince Giorgio (Carlo Lombardi). Though it's all very innocent, gossiping tongues begin wagging and before long Greta has been identified as the Prince's latest love. As a result, Greta, who was about to be dropped from her ballet troupe because of her habitual tardiness, is suddenly elevated to prima ballerina status. When she finds out that her promotion has nothing to do with her rather minimal talent, Greta is sorely disappointed, but she determines to keep her job by pretending that she is, indeed, the Prince's lady. Not surprisingly, Greta and Giorgio have fallen in love for real by the time the "End" title (or "Fin" title) flashes on the screen.



ballet-dance, crown, dance [art], fairy-tale-romance, instructor, Native-American, prince, promotion, talent, territory