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Carlo Bucellini
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Baldassar Calvo
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Frank Puglia ...
Adolfo Spini
Amelia Summerville ...
Brigida
Tina Ceccaci Renaldi ...
Monna Ghita
Eduilio Mucci ...
Nello
Angela Scatigna ...
Bratti
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Alfredo Martinelli ...
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In Renaissance Florence, Tito, a no-good young man pretending to be a scholar, wins the admiration of a blind man who has long looked for someone to finish his scholarly work. He has a beautiful daughter named Romola. Tito flirts with a peasant girl in the streets, and for fun goes through a mock marriage with her -- but she takes it seriously. Romola doesn't really love him, but marries him because her father wishes it. When the Medici are forced out, Tito joins the new government and rises to be chief magistrate. His evil actions earn him the hatred of Romola and of the people, and he is killed by his stepfather. Romola ends up with sculptor Carlo, who has always loved her. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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William Powell Marries the Gish Sisters
18 December 2007 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

In Florence, Italy, during the Renaissance, Lillian Gish (as Romola) lives with her blind father Bonaventura Ibáñez (as Bardo Bardi), who is a friend of Savonarola, Michelangelo, and Leonardo da Vinci. Although they are not too wealthy, the Bardis have one of the world's best libraries. Young sculptor Ronald Colman (as Carlo Bucellini) is interested in the lovely Lillian, but she is interested in more scholarly pursuits; this makes her an easy mark for shipwrecked sham scholar William Powell (as Tito Melema). Before Mr. Powell cleans up for his meeting with Lillian, he meets simple street maid Dorothy Gish (as Tessa). Dorothy is quite taken with the dashing Powell; then, so is Lillian. Can he marry them both?

Henry King's "Romola" makes a fine silent film, thanks to lavish location production values, and a winning cast. The title notwithstanding, the film focuses on the intermarrying three characters played by Lillian Gish, William Powell, and Dorothy Gish. Close to the film's end, the three have some great on screen conflict time together; and, Lillian performs a cathartic moment exceptionally well. An exciting ending follows. Curiously, Powell's "Tito" character seems to be the story's main protagonist, arguably, until the end; surely, the original George Eliot novel was more focused on "Romola".


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