The Italian Prelude to Madness (Manti Senza Amore) was adapted from Leo Tolstoy's Kreutzer Sonata. Prosperous doctor Rolando Dupi impulsively marries pianist Clara Calamai. The union is an unhappy one, and at one point Calamai attempts suicide, only to be stopped by her otherwise impassive husband. Desperate for companionship, Calamai becomes friends with violinist Jean Servais. Dupi suspects that his wife is having an affair, but when casually discussing the matter with Servais, he discovers his fears are groundless. Unfortunately Dupi comes to this realization after he has murdered his wife. The Beethoven themes heard throughout Prelude to Madness were arranged by Nino Rota, better known for his work on such later films as Romeo and Juliet (68) and The Godfather (72).
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