The Song of Love (1930 film)

The Song of Love (Italian: La canzone dell'amore) is a 1930 Italian romance film directed by Gennaro Righelli and starring Dria Paola, Isa Pola and Elio Steiner. It was the first Italian talking film.[1][2] Alessandro Blasetti's film Resurrection was actually shot first, but delays meant that it was not released until 1931.[3]

The Song of Love
Directed byGennaro Righelli
Produced byStefano Pittaluga for CINES
Written byGiorgio Simonelli
Gennaro Righelli
StarringDria Paola
Isa Pola
Elio Steiner
Mercedes Brignone
Music byCesare Andrea Bixio
CinematographyUbaldo Arata
Massimo Terzano
Edited byLeo Menardi
Gennaro Righelli
Distributed byPitaluga
Release date
  • 7 October 1930 (1930-10-07) (Italy)
Running time
94 minutes

The film was first publicly screened on October 7, 1930 at the Supercinema in Rome. The story was based on a novella by Luigi Pirandello, In Silenzio.

The film was shot at the Cines-Pittaluga studios in Rome in three different versions: Italian, French and German using different casts and directors.



  1. "Cinema Italia". BFI. Archived from the original on 2010-09-26. Retrieved 2010-09-12.
  2. Roberto Poppi. I registi: dal 1930 ai giorni nostri. Gremese Editore, 2002. ISBN 8884401712.
  3. Molitnero p.40


  • Moliterno, Gino. Historical Dictionary of Italian Cinema. Scarecrow Press, 2008.
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