My Song for You (film)
My Song for You is a 1934 film directed by Maurice Elvey and starring Jan Kiepura. Kiepura sang the title song "My Song for You" written by Mischa Spoliansky and Frank Eyton. The song was released on an EP "Tell Me Tonight" (also a song by Spoliansky and Eyton) in 1957.
|My Song for You|
|Directed by||Maurice Elvey|
|Cinematography||Charles Van Enger (as C. Van Enger)|
|Edited by||Charles Frend|
|Music by||Mischa Spoliansky|
|Distributed by||Gaumont British Distributors (UK)|
|30 July 1934 (London, UK)|
Arriving in Venice for a production of "Aida", young tenor Ricardo Gatti meets the attractive Mary, who has sneaked into the opera house in an attempt to get her fiancé hired as a pianist. Ricardo invites Mary to tea and she tells her story, describing her fiancé as her "brother". Captivated by her, the tenor uses his influence to obtain the job with the orchestra. However, filled with guilt at her deception, Mary breaks off her engagement and consents instead to marry her parents' choice, a wealthy society man. But just before the wedding, she changes her mind and marries Ricardo instead.
The New York Times wrote, "the film is at its best, of course, while its star is attuning his magnificent tenor to a variety of classic arias. The musical high spots of the show are the "Ave Maria" of Gounod, which M. Kiepura sings impressively during a church wedding, and the "Celeste Aïda," which he rehearses during an amusing backstage sequence at the opera house while "Aïda" is being trundled through its paces"; and TV Guide called the film "charming in parts, this is a nicely done musical with some good detailed direction."
- Opera News - Volume 61, Issues 9-17 - Page 18 1997 -My Song for You Kiepura. Aida (several excerpts), Trovatore (he sings both verses of "Di quel la pira") + songs. (1934). English. 89m. #667 $29.95 A silly, wacky film gleefully overacted and magnificently sung by Kiepura. Fun. Fun. Fun.
- International Opera Collector: IOC. - Volume 3 - Page 105 1998 "Films made in English in a 1935 and b 1936. My song for you Jan Kiepura (ten) with various artists. ... The problem with films starring great singers is that, with few exceptions, they tend to be undistinguished as contributions to the cinematic art."
- "45cat - Jan Kiepura - Tell Me Tonight - The Glorious Voice Of Jan Kiepura - Parlophone - UK". 45cat.com.
- "My Song for You (1934)". BFI. Archived from the original on 12 July 2012.
- "My Song For You". TVGuide.com.