IL Fuoco (The Flame) 1916


It’s probably unfair to call Pina Menichelli’s character in Il Fuoco a prototype of the “vamp” or femme fatale characters who would come later. There’s nothing proto- or typical about her strange owl-esque performance as a woman with the power to seduce and destroy a young artist. Director Giovanni Pastrone is more famous for his Roman epic Cabiria (1914), but for all that film’s impressive grandeur, it can’t compete with the heartache and chills that the smaller-scale Il Fuoco generates.



Author: Old Boy

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