Director Roberti, father to Sergio Leone, teamed up with Italian diva Francesca Bertini to tell the story of Consuelita, a young woman who longs to escape the harsh conditions of her small fishing village. Filmed on the beautiful Amalfi Coast in the villages of Praiano and Conca de Marini (although the film identifies the location as Spain), this is Bertini’s last major role.
Voglio a Tte! was submitted to censors in 1922 but rejected, probably because it portrayed southern Italy as an impoverished place the protagonist wants to escape. It was reedited and resubmitted in 1925 and released under a new title, Consuelita. Fondazione Cineteca Italiana held the only copy in their archive in Milan and made a 4K restoration in 2022.
Live music by Stephen Horne
Based at London’s BFI Southbank, Stephen Horne is considered one of the leading silent film accompanists working today and his music has met with acclaim worldwide. Principally a pianist, he often incorporates other instruments into his performances, sometimes playing them simultaneously. He has recorded music for DVD releases and television broadcasts of silent films and regularly performs internationally.
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