Casta Diva (1935 film)

Casta Diva is a 1935 Italian musical drama film directed by Carmine Gallone and starring Mártha Eggerth, Lamberto Picasso and Gualtiero Tumiati.[1] The film won Best Italian Film at the 1935 Venice International Film Festival.[2] An English-language version The Divine Spark was made at the same time, also directed by Gallone and starring Eggerth.[3] Gallone remade the film in 1954 in Technicolor.[4]

Casta Diva
Directed byCarmine Gallone
Produced byGiuseppe Amato
William Szekeley
Written byWalter Reisch
Corrado Alvaro
StarringMártha Eggerth
Lamberto Picasso
Gualtiero Tumiati
Music byWilly Schmidt-Gentner
CinematographyFranz Planer
Massimo Terzano
Edited byFernando Tropea
Alleanza Cinematografica Italiana
Distributed byGeneralcine
Release date
14 June 1935 (France)
10 August 1935 (Italy)
Running time
87 minutes

The film's sets were designed by the art directors Werner Schlichting and Enrico Verdozzi. Location shooting took place around Catania in Sicily.


The film concerns Italian composer Vincenzo Bellini and his problems with his opera Norma (1831), which itself tells the passionate love story of a Gallican priestess and a Roman proconsul (governor of a province). The film is unique because it uses abstract paintings-in-motion to express the passion between the two main characters.



Casta Diva on IMDb

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