In ginocchio da te is Gianni Morandi’s film debut, a milestone in musicarello, the delightful Italian musical genre mainly created by Ettore Maria Fizzarotti. The film features a superb mix of all the ingredients that characterise the genre: sentimentality, humour, youth, and above all a splendid compilation of pop songs destined to become part of the history of Italian music. The film takes its title from a song that was a huge hit, and it represented the start of Morandi’s illustrious career in cinema. Before it is performed in the film, however, there are plenty of other great tunes: Fatti mandare dalla mamma a prendere il latte, Non son degno di te and Ho chiuso le finestre, as well as a couple of Neapolitan classics. The beautiful Laura Efrikian met Morandi on set and married in real life.
Gianni leaves his small hometown near Bologna to complete his military service in Naples. He falls in love with Carla, the daughter of his commanding officer, who does not approve of their relationship. The young man is a talented singer, and after taking part in a singing competition he takes a shining to Beatrice. The two go on holiday together to the Aeolian Islands, but Gianni realises that his true love is Carla. In order to win her heart, he needs the right song.