The Fall of Troy 1911

La caduta di Troia (original title)

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One of the first epics on the History of Movies, it tells the story of the Fall of Troy: Paris seduces Helen, queen of Sparta, and takes her to Troy, the city state of his father, King Priam. The Greeks declare war against the Trojans, and after ten years of siege finally, manage to invade the city with a wooden horse.
– Written by José Maria Neto

Directors: Luigi Romano Borgnetto, Giovanni Pastrone
Writer: Giovanni Pastrone
Stars: Luigi Romano Borgnetto, Giovanni Casaleggio, Madame Davesnes

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IL Fuoco (The Flame) 1916

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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.

 

Cabiria 1914

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Young Sicilian girl Cabiria (Lidia Quaranta) and her nurse, Croessa (Gina Marangoni), survive a devastating volcanic eruption, only to be taken by Phoenicians to Carthage. As the second of the Punic Wars rages between Carthage and Rome, the pair is sold into slavery, and Cabiria is intended as an offering to the god Moloch and the child-eating statue Kronos. Croessa convinces Roman Fulvius Axilla (Umberto Mozzato) to rescue Cabiria, yet afterward the girl remains in slavery for another decade.
Initial release: April 18, 1914 (Turin)
Director: Giovanni Pastrone

Cabiria 1914

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Cabiria is a 1914 Italian silent epic film, directed by Giovanni Pastrone and shot in Turin. The film is set in ancient Sicily, Carthage, and Cirta during the period of the Second Punic War (218–202 BC).

Young Sicilian girl Cabiria (Lidia Quaranta) and her nurse, Croessa (Gina Marangoni), survive a devastating volcanic eruption, only to be taken by Phoenicians to Carthage. As the second of the Punic Wars rages between Carthage and Rome, the pair is sold into slavery, and Cabiria is intended as an offering to the god Moloch and the child-eating statue Kronos. Croessa convinces Roman Fulvius Axilla (Umberto Mozzato) to rescue Cabiria, yet afterward the girl remains in slavery for another decade.

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