Though Italian opera star Ferruccio Tagliavini had proven himself a pleasing screen personality, only his voice is heard in Return, Most Beloved. Miming to Tagliavini's prerecorded singing is Claudio Gora, cast as legendary 19th-century Italian songwriter Francesco Paola Tosti. The screenplay concentrates as much on Tosti's amorous conquest as his musical accomplishments. Special attention is lavished upon Tosti's affair with ill-fated Polish countess Maria Wernoska (Laura Adami), for whose sake the composer abandons his longtime mistress Dionisia Tesseri (Germana Paclieri). It is suggested that the dying countess' decision to send Tosti back to Dionisia prompted him to write his greatest and most heartfelt compositions.
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