Beniamino Gigli: Ave Maria [2 Discs] [DVD] [1936]

Witness a true master in one of his defining roles as acclaimed vocalist Beniamino Gigli stars in Ave Maria in this release that offers two unique viewing options in which viewers can experience the film. In the German-language version, Gigli performs his own lines while skillfully coloring his normal speaking voice. An additional Italian version - cut by two-and-a-half minutes - presents an alternate version of the performance in which Gigli's speaking voice has been overdubbed by an Italian-speaking actor. Both versions feature English subtitles.
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Ave Maria
Ave Maria was the second film-starring vehicle for legendary operatic tenor Beniamino Gigli. Mourning the loss of the only woman he ever loved, concert singer Tino Dossi (Gigli) is temporarily shaken from his doldrums by vivacious Montmartre entertainer Claudette (Kaethe Von Nagy). Dossi doesn't realize that Claudette is merely using him to advance her own singing career. Ultimately won over by Dossi's sincerity and courtesy, Claudette falls in love with him for real, only to suffer the pangs of conscience as a result. About to kill herself, she decides instead to return to Dossi's arms, vowing never to confess her original mercenary intentions. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Beniamino Gigli
    Beniamino Gigli - Tino Dossi
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    Kaethe VonNagy - Claudette
  • Paul Henckels
    Paul Henckels - Amadeus Winkler
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    Harald Paulsen - Michel

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