The Glass Mountain
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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.Read more ›
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).
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.
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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Score by Nino Rota is very good. Rest of movie only adequate. Premise of the story is good. Working out of plot was heavy-handed.Published on November 7, 2013 by Robert Behrens
What a great film. Enjoyed it very much. Great photograhy, great acting, great music, great scenery. They don't make them like this anymore.Published on June 6, 2013 by Ian Fugate