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The Glass Mountain

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After the war, a composer-turned-soldier leaves the beautiful Italian girl who had nursed him back to health and desperately tries to reestablish his marriage with his wife in London. Inspired by the legend of a girl whose spirit moves in the shadows of the Glass Mountain (the majestic Italian Alps), he writes an opera. While attending the premiere in Venice renews his relationship with the Italian beauty. It is only when he learns that his wife crashed on the same mountain while flying to his performance that the confused composer begins to unravel the meaning of his life. The Glass Mountain features many singers from La Scala appearing in the opera sequence. Released by Renown Pictures. Bonus Features: Bios| Trailers| Video Feature: Clair de Lune. Specs: DVD5, Dolby Digital, 1.33:1, English Language, Rated NR, 94 minutes, B&W, 1949.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Valentina Cortese, Tito Gobbi, Dulcie Gray, Arnold Marle, Sebastian Shaw
  • Directors: Henry Cass
  • Format: Black & White, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: Vci Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 26, 2007
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • ASIN: B000R57W9K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,915 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By J. Lovins HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 11, 2007
Format: DVD
VCI Entertainment and Victoria Film present "THE GLASS MOUNTAIN" (1949) (94 mins/B&W) (Dolby digitally remastered) --- Starring Dulcie Gray, Michael Denison, Valentina Cortese, Tito Gobba and Sebastian Shaw --- Directed by Henry Cass and released in May 1950, our story line and nicely shot, scenically attractive, and often moving, powerful and dramatic film. Well worth seeing for its looks alone, but fine score by Nino Rota and the voice of the great baritone Tito Gobbi make it a must for opera lovers --- An aspiring composer, in the British Air Force for WWII, is downed in Italy and rescued by an Italian girl. He returns home to his wife, inspired to write an opera and aware that he's fallen in love with his rescuer --- The main attraction is the wonderful singing of Tito Gobbi, baritone, heard near the beginning when he sings the familiar theme song, with an accordion to accompany him --- A very romantic film and beautiful music as well. A wonderful gem not to be missed.

Under Henry Cass (Director / Screenwriter), Joseph Janni (Producer / Screenwriter), John Sutro (Producer), Fred Zelnick (Producer), Emery Bonnet (Screenwriter), John Cousins (Screenwriter, John Hunter (Screenwriter), Arthur Grant (Cinematographer), W.
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THE GLASS MOUNTAIN (directed in 1949 by Edoardo Anton and Henry Cass) is a memorable drama starring real-life husband and wife acting team Michael Denison and Dulcie Gray; plus the lovely Valentina Cortese in her English-speaking movie debut.

The story revolves around struggling composer Richard Wilder (Denison) whose quest to write an opera about a Viennese mountain legend tests his marriage, and leads him into a passionate affair with a beautiful Italian woman.

Michael Denison offers a strongly-sympathetic performance in the lead role, playing a man torn between his loyal English wife (Dulcie Gray) and the young girl (Valentina Cortese) who re-awakens his creative spirit. The film is also notable for a beautifully-shot opera sequence (scored by Nino Rota) featuring Tito Gobbi, Elena Rizzieri and other members of the Le Fenice Opera Company from Venice.

The DVD's image transfer suffers from various stability issues, and the soundtrack is very worn in certain areas. Nevertheless, VCI has done classic movie lovers a great service by rescuing THE GLASS MOUNTAIN from the vaults and making it available for everyone to enjoy.

The DVD also includes cast biography pages, the original trailer, plus trailers of two other VCI releases ("Beyond Tomorrow" and "Pearl of the South Pacific"). (Single-sided, single-layer disc).
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An absorbing storyline highlighted with a magnificent musical score by Nino Rota.
Worth watching for the first time or again and again for those of us who remember seeing it on television a number of decades ago.
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The plot line of The Glass Mountain is the typical English love triangle (minus one star for triteness). It reminded me of Brief Encounter and similar 1940s British dramas that emphasize fidelity in marriage, no matter how tempting a new-found love may seem.

What redeems The Glass Mountain is the scenery and the music - the setting in the Italian Dolomites is beautiful; the score is hyper-dramatic; and the singing is exquisite.

It would rate four stars, but the sound track of the dialogue is poor, and requires lip reading at times. The music, however, seems fine. I'd recommend it for the music and the camera work, but not as a moving or powerful film.
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