In Ferrara, in the sixteenth century, two rich young friends, Muzio and Fabio, a musician and a painter, fall in love with Valeria, one of the city's most striking beauties. Valeria, the ...
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In Ferrara, in the sixteenth century, two rich young friends, Muzio and Fabio, a musician and a painter, fall in love with Valeria, one of the city's most striking beauties. Valeria, the daughter of a widowed noblewoman with little money, chooses Fabio and marries him. Muzio, devastated by his bad fortune, goes to Oriental countries and resurfaces a few years later. His new practices make him very mysterious and attractive to Valeria and her heart is soon conquered...Written by
Fabio, Muzio and Valeria are three youngsters living in the Italian area of Ferrara; in that place there is also a duke of Ferrara natürlich!, who likes to celebrate balls , natürlich!, for his aristocratic countrymen.
At one of these balls, Fabio and Muzzio will both fall desperately in love with the Valeria beauty but in order to preserve their friendship, they make an oath: the loser in this competition for her love will accept her choice without complaint.
Finally and with the help of Valeria's mother ( actually, it will be Valeria's mother who will choose her daughter's fiancé a busybody Italian mother, obviously ), Fabio will be selected and accepting the pact both friends made, Muzzio will go beyond the sea, actually to India, but when he returns four years later, problems will happen in the Ferrara region.
" Le Chant De L'Amour Triomphant" is a film directed by the Russian émigré Herr Victor Tourjansky and was based on a short story by the (also Russian) writer Herr Ivan Turgenev, Herr Tourjansky was fond of adventure and action films in his early silent period which can be verified by this film although this time he skilfully combines the adventure with drama and a classical recreation of sixteenth century Italy, alternating both genres and different film narratives in an excellent and balanced way. So in this way, we are watching a classic adventure and exotic oeuvre in which neither of those film genres dominates the other, not an easy formula to achieve successfully but Herr Tourjansky emerges triumphant in his efforts.
The result is two different and imaginative film narratives, intertwined and interplayed; when the action occurs in Ferrara, we can see gorgeous courts, grandiloquent scenes with everything filmed and shown in a classical and conservative way but when Muzzio appears, the placidity that the happy couple was enjoying will be threatened and the menacing whirlpool that develops is shown by very interesting technical aspects ( a moving camera, many travelling shots or multiexposed images ). Especially striking is the beautiful scene where Muzzio is playing on the violin the song of the triumphant love ("Le Chant de L'Amour Triomphant" ) a paradigm of the perfect mixture of such technical and lyrical merits.
And now, if you'll allow me, I must temporarily take my leave because this German Count must come back from Italy make his triumphal return to the Schloss .
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