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Thais (1917)

A silent film about a women who seduces a married man which in turn leads to deadly consequences.


Credited cast:
Augusto Bandini Augusto Bandini ... Oscar
Alberto Casanova Alberto Casanova ... A suitor
Thaïs Galitzky Thaïs Galitzky ... Vera Preobrajenska / Thaïs
Ileana Leonidoff ... Bianca Stagno-Bellincioni
Dante Paletti Dante Paletti ... A suitor
Mario Parpagnoli ... Count of San Remo
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Bianca Bellincioni Stagno is an expert dancer. Of Slavic origin is the countess Vera Preobajenska, eccentric writer with the pseudonym of Thais.She likes to give crazy looks, but she does not love anyone with sincerity and she enjoys collecting lovers. Thais invites Count San Remo to seduce him too. The house is decorated in a futuristic style, with hypnotizing geometric patterns, repetitive elements on the walls like the eyes of a peacock's tail. Bianca falls from the horse, because disappointed by the Count who loved inside her, she launches into a wild ride on horseback. Thais feels guilty for this. Thais wants to die in the poisonous gases in his room, but his survival instinct lights up even though Thais dies in despair and madness. Written by luigicavaliere

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First tentative for a Futurist cinema:
20 December 2013 | by a-cinema-historySee all my reviews

This is the first film directed by Anton Giulio Bragaglia, a pioneer in Futurism photography and cinema Futurism was a mostly Italian artistic movement, emphasizing contemporary concepts of the future. The film's prologue states that it includes images by Futurist painters to strengthen the classic narrative in order to evoke in the viewer stronger emotions than those created by mere film images.

The film contrasts naturalist outdoor views of horse riding, horse carriages and motor cars, in particular a car crossing a river on a small ferry, with indoor views with sets designed by renowned Futurist painter Enrico Prampolini. As the film progresses and Thaïs becomes more and more irrational, the geometric and symbolic motives of the sets take an increasing importance and the film becomes almost abstract.

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Release Date:

4 October 1917 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Les possédées See more »

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Novissima Film See more »
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(2001 restoration)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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