Serenade Damon Vincenti, a young vineyard worker, has a beautiful tenor voice and dreams of becoming a great opera singer. He debuts at Lardelli’s Italian restaurant in San Francisco, where he is spotted by Kendall Hale, a society girl who enjoys launching young artists while making them her lovers before dumping them after use. Damon is no exception to the rule: he becomes famous but Kendall leaves him abruptly. He feels so affected that he must give up singing. In Mexico, where he has got back in touch with his inner self, Damon meets Juana Montès.They are happy and get married.
Mario Lanza’s greatest Movie!
Serenade Some might say that Mario Lanza was overweight and not in his best voice for this Movie, but that would be judging him by those factors alone. This in my opinion ironically is Lanza’s best Movie ever! Serenade is a very dramatic Movie with great performances from the likes of Joan Fontaine and in particular Sarita Montiel who really makes this Picture. Add this to the beautiful colourful backdrops and a haunting and dramatic score in the use of ‘Serenade’, and what you have is a cocktail for a fabulous Movie! For a two hour Film this could have been ‘over-long’ but in fact the two hours fly by as the whole is so absorbing.
This lush Masterpiece from 1956 is so under-rated as to never have been released on either Video or DVD in the United Kingdom – and only on Video for a limited period in the USA. If you want to own this Movie you’re going to have to be patient and hunt madly, but it will be well worth the time spent! And for those who’ve already seen it, they will want to own it also, and so you’ll have some pretty stiff competition in obtaining one of those scarce copies! If you haven’t seen it, then book yourself a night in when it is next shown on TV for a great piece of entertainment, and have the chocolates and wine at the ready for a good quality night’s viewing!
This is a superb production – oh, and don’t forget the tissues!