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The Dumb Girl of Portici (1916)

Fenella, a poor Italian girl, falls in love with a Spanish nobleman, but their affair triggers a revolution and national catastrophe.

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Germain Delavigne (opera), Eugène Scribe (opera) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Anna Pavlova ... Fenella
Rupert Julian ... Masaniello
Wadsworth Harris ... Duke d'Arcos
Douglas Gerrard ... Alphonso
Jack Holt ... Conde (as John Holt)
Betty Schade ... Isabella
Edna Maison ... Elvira
Jack Hoxie ... Perrone (as Hart Hoxie)
William Wolbert William Wolbert ... Pietro
Laura Oakley ... Rilla
Nigel De Brulier ... Father Francisco (as N. De Brouillet)
George A. Williams
Lois Wilson
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Fenella, a poor Italian girl, falls in love with a Spanish nobleman, but their affair triggers a revolution and national catastrophe.

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Trivia

Restored in 2015 from 35mm print held by BFI and 16mm print from New York Public Library. See more »

Goofs

When Fenella is shown Alphonso's likeness by the palace guard, the image is a photograph. The first photograph would not be taken until the 1830's, two hundred years after this story takes place. See more »

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Stagy, but on a huge scale
8 April 2001 | by DLewisSee all my reviews

The Dumb Girl of Portici is based on an Auber & Scribe opera, but obviously as a silent film the music isn't there to help it out. It is filmed mostly in long shots and is a long, long, long movie to watch. Pavlova's graceful movements keeps her going from one end of the frame to the other, but she is acting, not dancing. The camera is placed so far away from Pavlova that it is difficult to evaluate the quality of her performance in the title role. The sets and scenery, however, are truly impressive, though the preservation print that survives on this title is a bit dark and grainy. What is most amazing about The Dumb Girl of Portici is that director/writer Lois Weber was able to command such expensive resources to get this made, as it is both conceived and executed on an epic scale. You go girl!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 1916 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Muda de Portici See more »

Filming Locations:

Universal City, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(1920s reissue print held at BFI) | (2015 restoration)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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