Il ponte di vetro (1940)

"The Bridge of Glass"


Director/Regia:
Goffredo Alessandrini
Piero Ballerini (1901-1955)

Cast
Regina Bianchi
Rossano Brazzi
Marina Doge
Fosco Giachetti (1904-1974)
Pola Isa
Adriano Rimoldi
Carlo Romano
Felice Romano
Filippo Scelzo

Story/Soggetto
Piero Ballerini

Screenplay/Sceneggiatura
Piero Ballerini
Gerardo de Angelis

Editing/Montaggio
Mario Bonotti
Eraldo da Roma

Art Director
Alfredo Manzi

Set Designer
Gustavo Abel

Director of Photography
Ubaldo Arata (1895-1947)

Music
Umberto Mancini
Edgardo Carducci

Length
94 minutes

Production
Scalera Films

Rossano in a scene from Il ponte di vetro.
Synopsis and Review

"Un celebre chirurgo è sempre occupato alla clinica e alla università, con disappunto della sua giovane moglie. Costei è costretta a partire sola in aereo per Tunisi, perché il marito deve rinviare di qualche giorno le proprie vacanze. Durante il volo un fortunale costringe l'apparecchio ad un ammaraggio di fortuna. Tutti i passeggeri sono raccolti da una nave accorsa; ma la signora, che era svenuta, resta inosservata nell'apparecchio. Il pilota le appresta le cure del caso e, dopo riparato l'idroplano, la riconduce in salvo in Italia. Da questo episodio sorge una relazione di affetto tra i due, che è conosciuta incidentalmente dal marito. La padronanza di spirito di lui e l'atto generoso con cui opera e salva il rivale, che si è gravemente ferito in un volo di esperimento, fanno misurare alla consorte la propria colpa. I due coniugi si riconciliano."

"A celebrated surgeon is always occupied at his clinic and at the university, to the disappointment of his young wife. She is forced to leave alone in an airplane for Tunisia, because her husband must postpone his own vacation. During the flight a storm forces the aircraft to make an unexpected sea landing. All the passengers are quickly rescued by a ship; but the surgeon's wife was unconscious, and remained unnoticed in the aircraft." Apparently, a certain degree of affection arises between the wife (now recovered), and the pilot, but by the end of the film (this being 1939), the two spouses reconcile." (Note: if anyone would like to help with the translation of the full synopsis, we'd be very grateful).

Background
"Alessandrini repeated the success of his first film, directing Rossano, with Isa Pola and Filippo Scelzo in "Il ponte di vetro/The Bridge of Glass", even if it was interrupted, in the first phase of production, by a falling reflector that fell on the head of the young actor, forcing him into the hospital for a week."
Rossano Brazzi: Complete Actor, by Pietro Osso, 1942

Notes
Alessandrini also directed Noi Vivi/Addio Kira and Furia. He was married to actress Anna Magnani, who worked with Rossano on Vulcano.
Manzi also composed music for Il bravo di Venezia.
Abel also worked on Il bravo di Venezia, É caduta una donna, Il re si diverte, Una signora dell o'vest and I due foscari.
Arata also worked on Il processo e morte di Socrate, Tosca, É caduta una donna, Il re si diverte, Una signora dell o'vest and I due foscari.
Mancini also composed music for Il bravo di Venezia.
Giachetti may be more well known as Leo Kovalensky's nemesis in Noi Vivi/Addio Kira. Coincidentally, he also appeared in a film titled La Monaca di Monza, but this was a 1962 version, not the one in which Rossano appeared.
Pola Isa (real name: Maria Luisa Betti di Montesano) also appeared in Una signora dell o'vest and Furia.
Rimoldi also appeared in Tosca
Carlo Romano also appeared in La casa senza tempo.
Felice Romano also appeared in Aquila nera
Filippo Scelzo also appeared in Il processo e morte di Socrate, Kean, L'ingiusta condanna and Io E Caterina.

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