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The Italian (1915)

Passed  -  Drama  -  January 1915 (USA)
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An immigrant leaves his sweetheart in Italy to find a better life across the sea in the grimy slums of New York. They are eventually reunited and marry. But life in New York is hard and ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
George Beban ...
Beppo Donnetti
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Annette Ancello Donnetti
J. Frank Burke ...
Trudo Ancello - Annette's Father
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Corrigan - NYC Ward Boss
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An immigrant leaves his sweetheart in Italy to find a better life across the sea in the grimy slums of New York. They are eventually reunited and marry. But life in New York is hard and tragedy tarnishes their dream of a better life in the new world. Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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PARAMOUNT PICTURES CORPORATION By Special Arrangement with the New York Motion Picture Company Presents GEORGE BEBAN in "THE ITALIAN" ( original poster)

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This film was selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1991. See more »

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Flawed, but well-worth seeing.
10 October 2011 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Well made silent melodrama, of some historic import.

The acting is generally quite good and understated for the time, the cinematography has some nice lighting effects, and moving shots (and one amazing close up, where the camera shakes with a character's anger).

On the other hand, the melodramatic story feels blandly predictable, along with having a giant plot hole at its center, and some other annoying, easily avoided contradictions and logic gaps.

Certainly this story -- a struggling Italian immigrant and his bride in the slums of New York, coming to America to fulfill their dreams, but finding disillusionment and despair -- must have resonated with a lot of people at the time. I just wish the story had the subtlety of the acting and images.

A good, solid, important early film.


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