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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 ... Arbace
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Storyline

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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Details

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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Company Credits

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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Trivia

This was the first film to use a dolly-track system, the effects of which were pegged "Cabiria movements" in the industry. See more »

Alternate Versions

Eighteen Frame, Inc. copyrighted a version in 1990 with a piano music score based on the original score by Manlio Mazza, and performed by Jacques Gauthier. Intertitles were translated by Charles Affron and Mirella Jona Affron. It was distributed by Kino Video and runs 125 minutes, but there is also a two-minute introduction. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Nights of Cabiria (1957) See more »

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A Remarkable Achievement
26 May 1999 | by HAL-57See all my reviews

This film must have taken a big pile of lire to produce. Check out those huge sets with people walking on them and within them. The Temple of Moloch is a good example, being able to accommodate large crowds and plenty of action. Watch Batto's house (another towering set) collapse on the hapless people inside. See Mount Etna erupt very realistically, ultimately bringing down Batto's home. This plus the other special effects are brilliant. Even the props (notably the pottery) are designed and made very creatively. The acting, however, is a bit overdone, but that was the norm in film and on stage in 1913-1914. It doesn't detract from the film at all. (Sophonisba is about the worst offender, but I still love her!) The direction of the picture, with crowds and all types of terrain and sets is extremely good. The story is very well paced. I highly recommend this remarkable achievement. It is a guarantee that you will enjoy it.


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