Casta diva (1935)

10/03/1937 (US) DramaMusic 1h 27m
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Overview

Martha Eggerth heads the cast of Casta Diva, but the central character is famed Italian composer Vincenzo Bellini, here played by American actor Phillips Holmes. Paying but scant attention the facts, the film concentrates on Bellini's colorful love life. Evidently the film went through several rewriting processes, as witness the curious performances of Donald Calthrop and Arthur Margetson, whose characters do complete about-faces halfway through the story. Amidst so many British accents, Martha Eggerth's Polish intonations seem out of place, but she photographs beautifully and sings quite well. Casta Diva was attractively filmed on location in Naples.

Not to be confused with the 1954 remake (by Gallone himself) or to the English language version "The Divine Spark" (also directed by Gallone and starred by Eggerth).

  1. Carmine Gallone

    Director

  2. Walter Reisch

    Writer

Top Billed Cast

  1. Mártha Eggerth

    Mártha Eggerth

    Maddelena Fumarol

  2. Sandro Palmieri

    Sandro Palmieri

    Vincenzo Bellini

  3. Gualtiero Tumiati

    Gualtiero Tumiati

    Niccolò Paganini

  4. Lamberto Picasso

    Lamberto Picasso

    Fumaroli

  5. Achille Majeroni

    Achille Majeroni

    Gioacchino Rossini

  6. Lina Marengo

    Lina Marengo

    a guest

  7. Giulio Donadio

    Felice Romani

  8. Ennio Cerlesi

    Ennio Cerlesi

    Ernesto Toti

Full Cast & Crew

Casta diva

Status Released

Original Language Italian

Budget -

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79

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