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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 ... 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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D'ANNONZIO'S "CABIRIA" - A $250,000 Production - The Greatest Spectacular Play Even Seen in Motion Pictures ! (original poster - USA) See more »


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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Trivia

Celebrity writer Gabriele D'Annunzio was originally hired by Pastrone to write the screenplay. After long delays Pastrone and his assistant went to Paris, where D'Annunzio lived at the time, to excite him into action. More time passed, and the director's patience grew thinner and thinner, and in the end D'Annunzio merely rewrote in poetic prose the titles Pastrone prepared. 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 »

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Early epic's visuals makes up for the movie its flaws and weaker points.
28 March 2008 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

This is one grand looking and made movie, with plenty of mass sequences, impressive sets and costumes and a story that just screams epic.

It's pretty nice to see how some early film-makers got influenced by this movie. Film-makers such as Fritz Lang, D.W. Griffith, who were also all pioneers by themselves. They were obviously inspired by some of the sequences, its scale, sets and compositions, since this movie in some of its sequences show some definite similarities to some sequences in movies such as "Metropolis" and "Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages". Only in that regard you can already call this movie an innovative and important movie. Its sets, compositions and just overall way of story-telling were all quite new and innovating for its time. It's also the first ever movie to use a dolly-track system, which provides the movie with a couple of nice moments as well.

The movie its story is very epic, since it's set at many different locations, with also many different characters. It features historical well known figures such as Hannibal, Hasdrubal, Scipio, Archimede, Massinissa, which makes the movie real interesting but is also one of its weaker points, since it makes the movie and its story-telling a bit disjointed at parts.

It perhaps also makes the movie feel overlong in parts, even though the movie is only about 2 hours long (well, depending on which version you'll watch), which is actually quite short for an epic movie, especially for one that got made early in the 20th century. 4 hour epics from the same time period are no rarity. The movie just goes on for a bit too long with some of its sequences. After a while you get the point but the scene will just go on and on. It doesn't always makes this an easy but pleasant movie to watch.

But overall the movie of course is pleasant as well as impressive, not only because of its visuals but also because of its story that is actually quite adventurous, as long as it knows to focus on the movie its key players. It's adventurous in the same way as a movie like "Ben-Hur" for instance.

Also especially when you realize that this is an 1914 movie, it's a real excellent, innovative and interesting, fun movie to watch.

8/10

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