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The Fall of Troy (1911)

La caduta di Troia (original title)
One of the first epics on the History of Movies, it tells the story of the Fall of Troy: Paris seduces Helen, queen of Sparta, and takes her to Troy, city state of his father, King Priam. ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Luigi Romano Borgnetto Luigi Romano Borgnetto
Giovanni Casaleggio Giovanni Casaleggio
Madame Davesnes Madame Davesnes
Emilio Gallo Emilio Gallo ... Il re / The King
Olga Giannini Novelli Olga Giannini Novelli
Giulio Vinà Giulio Vinà
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One of the first epics on the History of Movies, it tells the story of the Fall of Troy: Paris seduces Helen, queen of Sparta, and takes her to Troy, city state of his father, King Priam. The Greeks declare war against the Trojans, and after ten years of siege finally manage to invade the city with a wooden horse. Written by José Maria Neto

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A masterpiece from 1911
14 May 2020 | by mcongediSee all my reviews

In 1911, three Italian films wowed the world with their technical quality, large sets and use of large casts: "L'inferno", "Gerusalemme liberata" and "La Caduta di Troia". Director Giovanni Pastrone goes beyond the usual technique of the time of portraying historical films in front of painted backdrops. He ordered parts of Troy used in the scenes to be reconstructed thus giving the film depth of scene rarely seen at the time. Audiences were amazed and the film was a huge commercial success.

But even more than just the huge sets, Pastrone shows his skill with utilizing the extra space effectively. Actors moved from the back to the front in leisurely fashion and the camera utilizes deep-focus photography so that every object or person is always in focus no matter whether located at the back or at the front. A technical masterpiece for it's time and a film that set new standards.

A 28 minute version can be found on the "Cineteca Milano" web-site which is close to the film's original length. Well-worth hunting down to get a true appreciation of this film.


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

15 April 1911 (USA) See more »

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The Fall of Troy See more »

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Itala Film See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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