Rossano Brazzi from Cinevita, 26 September 1942. Courtesy of Connie Liss.
Rossano plays the role of Michele Donato, a musician, composer and director. "Ritorno" refers to the operatic work he is composing, "The Return of Ulysses" ... specifically
created as the debut vehicle for his love, a beautiful singer played by Marte/Martha Herell. Disillusioned with what he perceives as her abandonment of his work on her road
to success, he nearly destroys it by re-working it as a contemporary showtune piece, only to catch himself at the last minute. She performs the work at La Strada to critical
acclaim, along with tenor Beniamino Gigli.
Rossano's intensity as a performer has always lended itself well to roles as musicians - specifically pianists - and conductors, and this is one of his earliest performances
as an orchestral conductor, a role he took up again in Interlude and then again, briefly, in The Battle of the Villa Fiorita.
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