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The Extraordinary Adventures of Saturnino Farandola (1913)

Le avventure straordinarissime di Saturnino Farandola (original title)
Episode 2: "Zingo and the White Elephant" Zingo and his wife, Sari, who are returning from their adventures in Mexico, when Zingo learns from his newspaper that the Royal Elephant of Siam ... See full synopsis »


Marcel Perez (as Marcel Fabre), Luigi Maggi (uncredited)


Albert Robida (novel) (as Ferdinand Robida), Guido Volante


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Credited cast:
Marcel Perez ... Saturnino Farandola (as Marcel Fabre)
Nilde Baracchi ... Mysora
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alfredo Bertone Alfredo Bertone
Filippo Castamagna Filippo Castamagna
Oreste Grandi Oreste Grandi
Luciano Manara Luciano Manara
Felice Minotti Felice Minotti
Armando Pilotti Armando Pilotti
Norina Rasero Norina Rasero
Dario Silvestri Dario Silvestri
Luigi Stinchi Luigi Stinchi
Vittorio Tettoni Vittorio Tettoni


Episode 2: "Zingo and the White Elephant" Zingo and his wife, Sari, who are returning from their adventures in Mexico, when Zingo learns from his newspaper that the Royal Elephant of Siam has been stolen and for whose return a large reward will be paid. Not content with settling down to a quiet domestic life, he persuades Sari and his good crew to aid him in finding this white elephant. In the Royal Square of the Capitol of Siam, he reviews the troops which are all comprised of women, which is the custom there. The Prime Minister bids Zingo and his men to visit the Royal Harem. Here they are captured by the troops and are about to be tortured to death when Sari, disguised as a colonel in the army, aids them in escaping. They find the province of Chokuff where the white elephant has been secreted, and catching the Prince making love to Sari, they demand the white elephant. He promises, but traps them all in his dungeon. They are all, but Zingo, placed in barrels with their heads ...

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March 1914 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Released in four episodes: 1. L'isola delle scimmie 2. Alla ricerca dell'Elefante bianco 3. La regina dei Makalolos 4. Farandola contro Fileas-Fogg See more »

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11 January 2009 | by SaturnomeSee all my reviews

Early feature length films are either heavy melodramas or grandiose epics. Italian films from the 10s are better known as epics about the roman empire. Well this one stands out; it's a surreal, plot less crazy adventure through the world featuring mad pirates, gigantic sea monsters, exotic Chinese people, American warriors and even a hot air balloon war (remember, this is before WWI)! The kind of stuff you'd expect to read from a suddenly mad Jules Verne, without any scientific precision though.

I expected this film a the theoretical "What if Méliès had made a feature-length film?". But this film does not have the charm of Méliès had ten years before this. It's way less poetic though certainly imaginative. It's more adventure oriented, and stands on it's own. But I'd like to think that this film, which may have even been a bit dated in 1913, wasn't made seriously at all. You'll certainly laugh just like people did way back in 1913, and that's arguably how the director intended it. It's camp fun, and could be the most archaic feature-length film I've even seen.

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