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Cabiria (1914)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, History | 1 June 1914 (USA)
Three centuries before Christus. Young Cabiria is kidnapped by some pirates during one eruption of the Etna. She is sold as a slave in Carthage, and as she is just going to be sacrificed to... See full summary »

Director:

Giovanni Pastrone

Writers:

Gabriele D'Annunzio (titles), Titus Livius (book) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carolina Catena 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 Umberto Mozzato ... Fulvio 'Fulvius' Axilla
Bartolomeo Pagano ... Maciste - Axilla's Slave
Raffaele di Napoli Raffaele di Napoli ... Bodastoret - the Innkeeper
Emilio Vardannes Emilio Vardannes ... Hannibal
Edoardo Davesnes Edoardo Davesnes ... Hasdrubal
Italia Almirante-Manzini Italia Almirante-Manzini ... Sophonisba - Hasdrubal's Daughter
Alex Bernard ... Siface 'Syphax' - King of Cirta (as Alessandro Bernard)
Luigi Chellini Luigi Chellini ... Scipione 'Scipio' - the Consul
Vitale Di Stefano Vitale Di Stefano ... Massinissa - the Numidian King
Enrico Gemelli Enrico Gemelli ... Archimede
Ignazio Lupi Ignazio Lupi ... Arbace
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Three centuries before Christus. Young Cabiria is kidnapped by some pirates during one eruption of the Etna. She is sold as a slave in Carthage, and as she is just going to be sacrificed to god Moloch, Cabiria is rescued by both Fulvio Axilla, a Roman noble, and his giant slave Maciste. Maciste is captured just after having confided Cabiria to Sophinisbe's safe keeping, while Fulvio Axilla manages to escape from Carthage. Ten years went away with Punic wars before he is able to come back to Carthage... Written by Yepok

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Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

1 June 1914 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Кабирия See more »

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Budget:

$210,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Itala Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1990 alternate) | (Kino Restored Print) | (1995 restoration) | (2006 restoration)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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This is the earliest film included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list. See more »

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Referenced in Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916) See more »

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An Engrossing Historical Melodrama With All The Trimmings
17 December 2002 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

An engrossing historical melodrama with all the trimmings, "Cabiria" would be rather impressive if it had been made in the mid- or late- 1920's, and the fact that it was made in 1914 is astounding. While it was widely known in its time, and apparently was once given full credit for its influence on other film-makers, it has been largely forgotten today, for no good reason. The story is involved and ambitious, the settings and scale are lavish and creative, and the historical scenario comes from the fascinating (if today little-known) period of the Punic Wars between Rome and Carthage. It's all very good in its own right, and it's even more of a success when you consider the new ground they had to break in bringing it all together so well.

The story blends together several fictional and several historical characters, centering on the adventures and misfortunes of the girl Cabiria. As in any melodrama, there are some implausible developments, yet it rarely seems overly forced. The historical setting is used creatively, both to drive the action and to provide interesting settings and characters. While it is clearly fiction, it takes fewer liberties with history than do many other movies with historical settings, since it is designed for entertainment rather than to promote a particular viewpoint.

And as entertainment, it delivers handsomely. This is well worth the trouble to find for anyone who enjoys watching silent movies. It is also worth seeing if you have even a passing interest in the development of cinema, because few movies have ever been so creative in using and improving upon the means available in their own era.


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