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In the little Italian city of Cremona there dwelt Taddeo Ferrari, a violin maker and student of Andrea Amati, the most famous of the craft. Ferrari's pretty daughter, Giannina, was beloved by one of his apprentices, Sandro. Filippo, a crippled youth and the best violin maker in Cremona, also loved the girl with a pure, holy affection that is more spiritual than material, but realizing his unattractiveness through his deformity, suffers his hopelessness with resignation. Yearly there is a prize of a precious chain of gold awarded to the maker of the best violin, and all the apprentices strive to win it. On this occasion, however, the hand of Giannina is to be bestowed upon the most proficient craftsman, and this induces the young men to make extra efforts to win. Sandro fully appreciates the rare talent of Filippo and feels sure his wonderful skill will win his sweetheart from him. Crushed and despairing he seeks out Giannina and tells her his fears, she tearfully acknowledging the ... Written by
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Crippled violinist David Miles (as Filippo) is very much taken with lovely young Mary Pickford (as Giannina Ferrari); when she tosses him a flower, he lovingly places it in a special vase. Ms. Pickford is rather free with her flowers, however, and also has one for Mr. Miles' dashing friend Owen Moore (as Sandro); for Mr. Moore, Pickford includes an amorous "come hither" look. The residents of Cremona are apparently violin enthusiasts; Miles and Moore enter a contest to see which man can make the best violin in town. The prizes are a gold chain and Mary Pickford's hand in marriage, allowed by her father Herbert Prior (as Taddeo Ferrari)! Who will the winner be?
Interesting as an early co-starring role for Pickford; with a few exceptions, she is not as impressive in her early film roles as might be expected after viewing her later, sometimes exceptional, performances. Pickford's best moment is her repulsion when she realizes the "lame" Miles will enter the contest to win her hand in marriage, obviously because he is disabled! Miles is the real star of this D.W. Griffith film; given the best role, he gives the most interesting performance. A hundred years later, you can finally call "The Violin Maker of Cremona" lame.
*** The Violin Maker of Cremona (6/7/09) D.W. Griffith ~ David Miles, Mary Pickford, Owen Moore
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