Al Bano plays composer Franz Schubert, in one of the wildest musical melodramas of Italian cinema
“The real cult of Al Bano and Romina at the high point of their career” (Marco Giusti)
The intentions may have been serious (to renew the splendour of the Al Bano/Romina/Fizzarotti trio in a noble setting), but the results are delirious. A box office bomb upon its release, today it is considered an essential film for lovers of kitsch: “The real cult of Al Bano and Romina at the high point of their career”, exults cinema critic Marco Giusti, the foremost specialist of Italian B-movies. Al Bano plays composer Franz Schubert, lovesick for his countess (Romina Power, naturally) and having trouble finishing a piece that will become the “Unfinished Symphony”. The original compositions of the famous Viennese composer were given a new arrangement for the film by maestro Angelo Lavagnino. Al Bano has the chance to show off his unmistakable timbre with “Ave Maria”.
Young composer Franz Schubert becomes the singing teacher to Countess Roskoff in Budapest. They fall in love, but she is engaged to Baron Ludwig, who, overcome by jealousy, challenges his rival to a duel. Schubert is beaten and returns to Vienna. When he hears that his beloved is about to be married, he hurries back. But he is too late.