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Cabiria -- Set amidst the splendor of ancient Rome, this film quickly became the most spectacular of the italian cinema's epic, historical genre. Restored using newly mastered materials, variable speed projection and a thrilling piano score.


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Three centuries before Christus. Young Cabiria is kidnapped by some pirates during one eruption of the Etna... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Carolina Catena ... Cabiria da piccola / as a Child (as Catena)
Lidia Quaranta ... Cabiria - also called Elissa
Gina Marangoni ... Croessa - Cabiria's Nurse
Dante Testa ... Karthalo - the High Priest
Umberto Mozzato ... Fulvio 'Fulvius' Axilla

Bartolomeo Pagano ... Maciste - Axilla's Slave
Raffaele di Napoli ... Bodastoret - the Innkeeper
Emilio Vardannes ... Hannibal
Edoardo Davesnes ... Hasdrubal
Italia Almirante-Manzini ... Sophonisba - Hasdrubal's Daughter
Alex Bernard ... Siface 'Syphax' - King of Cirta (as Alessandro Bernard)
Luigi Chellini ... Scipione 'Scipio' - the Consul
Vitale Di Stefano ... Massinissa - the Numidian King
Enrico Gemelli ... Archimede
Ignazio Lupi ... Arbace
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Francesca Bertini
Giuseppe Ferrari
Soava Gallone
Domenico Gambino

Pina Menichelli
Felice Minotti
Amedeo Mustacchi
Fido Schirru

Directed by
Giovanni Pastrone 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gabriele D'Annunzio  titles
Titus Livius  book
Giovanni Pastrone 
Emilio Salgari  novel

Produced by
Giovanni Pastrone .... producer
Original Music by
Manlio Mazza 
Ildebrando Pizzetti 
Cinematography by
Augusto Battagliotti 
Eugenio Bava 
Natale Chiusano 
Segundo de Chomón 
Carlo Franzeri 
Giovanni Tomatis 
Special Effects by
Eugenio Bava .... special effects technician
Segundo de Chomón .... special effects
Music Department
Jacques Gauthier .... musician: piano (1990 alternate version)
Other crew
Charles Affron .... presenter (1990 alternate version)
Charles Affron .... translator: intertitles (1990 alternate version)
Mirella Jona Affron .... presenter (1990 alternate version)
Mirella Jona Affron .... translator: intertitles (1990 alternate version)

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148 min | 125 min (1990 alternate version) | USA:123 min (Kino Restored Print) | 162 min (1995 restoration) | 181 min (16 fps) (2006 restoration)
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This was the first feature to be shown on White House grounds.See more »
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Referenced in Battleship Potemkin (1925)See more »


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A Mover and Shaker from Giovanni Pastrone, 18 December 2010
Author: wes-connors from Los Angeles

Three hundred years Before Christ, the volcanic Mount Etna erupts during an earthquake, destroying the Sicilian palace and estate where little "Cabiria" (Carolina Catena) lives. The young heiress manages to escape through a secret stairway leading underground, carried by nursemaid Gina Marangoni (as Croessa). When the dust clears, little "Cabiria" is believed to be dead and buried in the ruble. After escaping the devastation, she and Ms. Marangoni are sold as slaves, in Carthage.

Next, "Cabiria" is to be sacrificed as a burnt offering to "Moloch", a brazen God who likes to eat children.

Nurse Marangoni tries to save the girl, but is whipped for her efforts. She enlists help from Roman patrician Umberto Mozzato (as Fulvius Axilla) and his loyal dark-skinned slave Bartolomeo Pagano (as Maciste). With the muscular Mr. Pagano leading the charge, they rescue "Cabiria" from the fiery jaws of death. Obviously, this makes the God and his minions angry. The trio hideout at an inn while the plot thickens. Shuttled once more, "Cabiria" grows into a beautiful young woman, Lidia Quaranta (as Elissa).

Written, produced, and directed by Giovanni Pastrone, "Cabiria" is a classic early spectacular.

Most famous was Mr. Pastrone's use of camera tracking shots; this movement of camera increased the scope, and excitement, of motion pictures. He likes screen movement, as you'll see. This film also features Mr. Pagano's star-making role as the long-running character "Maciste". In fact, Pagano and Mr. Mozzato are the real "stars" of this story; after they save "Cabiria" from sacrifice, you care more about seeing them - especially "Maciste" - than you do about the frequently disappearing "Cabiria".

******* Cabiria (4/18/14) Giovanni Pastrone ~ Umberto Mozzato, Bartolomeo Pagano, Lidia Quaranta, Italia Almirante-Manzini

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