Ave Maria (1936 film)

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Ave Maria
Directed by Johannes Riemann
Produced by Alberto Giacalone
Martin Pichert
Screenplay by Georg C. Klaren
Bruno Mondi
Story by Georg C. Klaren
Starring Beniamino Gigli
Käthe von Nagy
Harald Paulsen
Paul Henckels
Erna Berger
Music by Alois Melichar
Cinematography Bruno Mondi
Edited by Roger von Norman
Distributed by Itala-Film
Release date
  • August 21, 1936 (1936-08-21) (Germany)
  • October 1, 1936 (1936-10-01) (United States)
Running time
88 minutes
Country Germany
Language German

Ave Maria is a 1936 German-Italian black-and-white drama musical film. It stars Italian opera tenor Beniamino Gigli and German actress Käthe von Nagy.


Tino Dossi (Beniamino Gigli), a wealthy, famous, and older opera singer, is grieving over the terrible loss of his wife, a devoted French woman. Each year, he travels to Paris to visit her grave, but one year he is forced to go a concert his manager has arranged. While enjoying the concert, his manager visits a seedy night club and, while drunk, tells a cabaret entertainer, and her lover, that the singer is very unhappy and also wealthy.[1]

The scheming night club girl called, Chansonnière Claudette (Käthe von Nagy), meets and accompanies the singer to Naples, pretending to be upset about his wife's demise. The singer and the girl are later engaged, but he discovers her lies and she, now genuinely in love with him, drives away in a car, but is badly injured in a resulting serious car crash. The singer, now aware of her repentance and true affectation for him, takes her for his bride.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "Ave Maria (1936 film)". Virtual History. Retrieved 2 June 2014.

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