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Cabiria (1914)

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 »

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

Alternate Versions

Eighteen Frame, Inc. copyrighted a version in 1990 with a piano music score based on the original score by , 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 »

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whole lotta lava
1 August 2011 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

1914 was quite a year. Charlie Chaplin made his film debut, WWI began -- and set the stage for a lot of what happened in the 20th century -- and my great-grandparents immigrated to the United States (sorry, I couldn't resist adding that last one).

But that year also saw the release of Giovanni Pastrone's "Cabiria". This epic depicts the kidnapping of a Sicilian girl following an eruption of Mt. Etna, her sale into slavery in Carthage, and a Roman nobleman's quest to rescue her. It's like nothing that you've ever seen before.

The movie has drawn controversy due to its depiction of the Romans as pure and the Carthaginians as monstrous (thereby glorifying the idea of Italian supremacy). To be certain, producer Gabriele d'Annunzio's ideology influenced Benito Mussolini, although d'Annunzio had no actual association with Il Duce.

Regardless of that, the movie is still a fun -- and visually breathtaking -- romp. Maciste got his own series of movies. The ones immediately after "Cabiria" starred Bartolomeo Pagano, and then there was a new series in the 1960s.

Anyway, really cool!


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