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L'appel du destin (1953)

Young conductor Roberto Lombardini has never known his father who is actually a former musician ,a failed piano player who has sunk into alcoholism .

Director:

Georges Lacombe

Writer:

Jacques Viot
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Marais ... Lorenzo Lombardi
Jacqueline Porel Jacqueline Porel ... Lucienne Lombardi
Édouard Delmont Édouard Delmont ... M. Galibert
Charles Dechamps ... Monsieur Roze
Fernand Sardou Fernand Sardou ... Dottore Aldo Guarneri
Georgette Anys Georgette Anys ... La grosse Lolo
Germaine Pape Germaine Pape ... Mme Torquato
Jean Lanier Jean Lanier ... Crespi, l'ami
Marcel Lebas Marcel Lebas ... Le facteur
Fernand Rauzéna Fernand Rauzéna ... M. Torquato (as Fernand Rauzena)
Philippe Richard Philippe Richard ... Le directeur
Julien Verdier Julien Verdier ... Dupont, le musicien
Léon Walther Léon Walther ... Count Amadeo, le critique
Renée Devillers Renée Devillers ... Germaine Obrecht
Roberto Benzi ... Roberto Lombardi
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Young conductor Roberto Lombardini has never known his father who is actually a former musician ,a failed piano player who has sunk into alcoholism . .After attending one of his son's concerts ,dad meets the teenager who lives with his beloved mother (who is,of course ,still in love with the barfly).Roberto urges his dad to resume his career :his dream is to conduct an orchestra in which he would play the piano .Will Roberto get his wish? Written by dbdumonteil

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

15 February 1953 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Força do Destino See more »

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Ciné Sélection, Miramar See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A star is born again.
3 November 2010 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

"Prelude A La Gloire "( 1950) was the first movie by Georges Lacombe starring Wiz kid Roberto Benzi ;This film was awarded a prize in the Festival De Cannes and Lacombe directed a second movie with Roberto Benzi where the young conductor was joined by Jean Marais : " L' Appel Du Destin" (1953)

" L' Appel Du Destin" is not as successful as the first effort ;here the maudlin side of melodrama shows ;none of the two movies was autobiographical ,although some events can have happened in true life in the first film.

L' Appel Du Destin" is pure fiction and casts Jean Marais as Roberto's father ,a former musician ,a failed piano player who has sunk into alcoholism .After attending one of his son's concerts ,dad meets the teenager who lives with his straight mother (who is,of course ,still in love with the barfly).Roberto urges his dad to resume his career :his dream is to conduct an orchestra in which his old man would play the piano .I won't write a spoiler and won't tell if the boy will get his wish .

The screenplay is almost entirely devoid of interest ;the main interest is purely musical and it's really mind boggling to watch this fourteen year old person conduct musicians some of whom could be his great grand father.Filmed partly on location in Venice .


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