Long before Amadeus, the life story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was committed to celluloid in the Italian Eternal Melodies. Gino Cervi stars as Mozart, the former child prodigy who reaches the heights of operatic fame in the 18th century, only to be buried in a pauper's grave after his premature death at age 37. There's no "Salieri" to plague Mozart in this film: instead, the story concentrates on a romantic triangle involving the composer and the two lovely Weber sisters, Aloisia (Conchita Montenegro) and Costanza (Luisella Beghi). Betrayed by Aloisia, Mozart finds solace in the arms of Costanza. Though historical accuracy is hardly a consideration in Eternal Melodies, the film is redeemed by its all-Mozart musical score. The film was originally released in Italy in 1940 as Melodie Eterne.
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