RAGGIO DI SOLE
Sog., Scen.: Arrigo Frusta. Int.: Sig.a Schneider (Raggio di sole), Mario Voller Buzzi (Principe Ghiacciolino), Cesare Zocchi (Re), Lina Gobbi (Regina), Antonio Grisanti (dignitario), Ercole Vaser (il mago), Giuseppina Ronco, Bianca Schinini (dame), Paolo Azzurri. Prod.: S.A. Ambrosio. 35mm. L.: 278 m (l. orig.: 328 m). D.: 15′ a 16 f/s Tinted (Desmetcolor)
Prince Ghiacciolino (Carámbano in the Spanish version) is depressed. Wise men’s advice, the jester’s jokes or the delicacies that march in prepared by an army of cooks are of no use. Enchanted by a glowing reflection, he sets out to find the only thing he claims he really wants: a ray of sunshine. Or maybe he is just looking for an excuse to get away from his apprehensive royal parents. Whatever the reason may be, at the end of his journey he finds love. According to Frusta’s notes, an enchanting and graceful cinematic fairy tale with a hint of caricature. The narration is developed through a succession of visual ideas directly related to the story: the astronomers at work, the bright spot, and the appearance of Raggio di sole crowned by Schneider’s lions, which in actual fact were rather tame. Eventually spring returns to the ice country as well. It is almost a shame that the incredible royal sled pulled by penguins cannot be used anymore.