Aladdin is in love with the daughter of the Grand Duke of Forilarì, the pretty princess Esmeralda, whom the perfidious Viscount of Pallerineri would like to marry in order to get his hands on the Duchy. Aladdin, whose only advantage is that he was born on a moonless night (an indispensable condition for aspiring to the possession of the magic lamp), and his five inseparable thieving friends devise a way to approach his beloved. He thus learns that Esmeralda is not insensitive to his attentions and accepts the challenge of the adversary, facing the dangerous interrogation of the four wise men, winning. Once the wedding is celebrated, it seems that nothing can take away from Aladdin his wife, his power, his lamp and his happiness. But the Viscount finds a fierce ally in the Magician Magrebin with whom he makes a diabolical pact. Having kidnapped Esmeralda, condemned her sister Algisa to death, and made the court suspicious, the young thief prince has no choice but to face the united forces of Magrebino and the Viscount with the sole help of his courage and a few friends. His, however, will be the final victory.
Per amore… per magia (For love… for magic) is a curious work that is decidedly outside the typical production of Italian cinema, both of those times and to come. The two essential components are, in fact, fairy tales and musicals, both of which have never been thoroughly explored by Italian directors and are here mixed with impeccable taste by Duccio Tessari, well-known author (and director) of spaghetti westerns. To interpret the role of the protagonist, that is Aladdin, is called Gianni Morandi. This ‘pop’ reinterpretation of the legend of Aladdin and the genie of the lamp also counts on the participation of famous faces such as those of Mina, Misha Auer, Sandra Milo, Tony Renis, Paolo Poli, Rossano Brazzi. Adventure and feeling, a snappy editing, colorful scenes: difficult, if not impossible, to find a similar product in the Italian scene.
Genre: musical – fantasy
Gianni Morandi: Aladdin
Sandra Milo: Algisa, Aladino’s sister
Paolo Poli: Jo Babà’s taylor
Rosemarie Dexter: Esmeralda
Mischa Auer: the Grand Duke of Forilarì
Daniele Vargas: the Viscount of Pallerineri
Gianni Musy Glori: Magrebino
Harold Bradley: Hassan, the genie of the lamp
Rossano Brazzi: the herald
Tony Renis: the executioner
Mille e una notte