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The Violin Maker of Cremona (1909)

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 ... See full summary »

Director:

D.W. Griffith

Writers:

François Coppée (story), Frank E. Woods
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Cast

Credited cast:
Herbert Prior ... Taddeo Ferrari
Mary Pickford ... Giannina - Taddeo's Daughter
Owen Moore ... Sandro
David Miles ... Filippo - the Cripple
Harry Solter Harry Solter ... The Judge
Marion Leonard ... The Judge's Companion
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Avery ... Worker / In Crowd
Clara T. Bracy
John R. Cumpson ... In Crowd
Arthur V. Johnson ... In Crowd
Violet Mersereau ... In Crowd
Anthony O'Sullivan Anthony O'Sullivan ... Worker
Mack Sennett ... In Crowd
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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 Moving Picture World synopsis

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 June 1909 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Instrumentmageren fra Cremona See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Biograph Company See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This is said to have been Mary Pickford's first credited film. Although it is unclear if she had been background in earlier Biograph films. See more »

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Featured in Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies (2008) See more »

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Can't Let Some Crippled Guy Have Anything
1 March 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

In this story, two men, one of them crippled, are violin makers. They are part of a yearly contest where the person producing the best violin wins a gold chain. In this, there is a kicker. The winner also gets Mary Pickford. There are some changes of violins in an effort to try to derail the contest. The film makes it hard to figure out what is going on because the infirmity is not that obvious. We don't know if there is theft or deceit. It's interesting to look at, however, and certainly ten minutes well spent.


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