Following her double triumph at the Sanremo Festival, Gigliola Cinquetti sets off to conquer Spain
A film boasting all the best of the musicarello genre, set between Naples and Barcelona
Gigliola Cinquetti was only 19 years old when she made this film, but she was already a major star (she first triumphed at the Sanremo Festival a couple of years earlier with the song Non ho l’età). Having conquered Italy, the young singer set off to conquer the Spanish market. Dio, come ti amo! takes its inspiration from the song of almost the same name that gave her (in a duet with Domenico Modugno) her second win at Sanremo. The film takes full advantage of her adventuresome comings and goings in Barcelona and Naples, with an endless procession of sun-drenched scenes, and boasts all of the best features of the musicarello genre: a love story with a happy ending, refreshing comedy, and perfectly-timed beautiful musical numbers to help the story move along and are a pleasure to the ears and the heart.
Gigliola takes part in a swimming championship in Barcelona, where she makes friends with Angela. However, her and Luis, Angela’s boyfriend, also take a shining to each other, which turns to love. Upon returning to Naples, she receives a telegram informing her that Angela is coming to visit. The problem is that the young swimmer has told her Spanish friend that she comes from a noble family. In reality, her parents are house-servants. Naturally, the ensuing pretences and misunderstandings build up, but in the end truth and love will win the day.