Italian Cinema

by erasmo-demeo | created - 14 Apr 2013 | updated - 05 Jan 2017 | Public

Notable Italian movies mostly according to Brunetta's "Italian Cinema History"

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1. The Capture of Roma (1905)

6 min | Short, Drama

The Italian army captures Rome after refusal to surrender this unifying Italy.

Director: Filoteo Alberini | Stars: Ubaldo Maria Del Colle, Carlo Rosaspina

Votes: 229

8. Otello (II) (1909)

Short, Drama

The Moorish general Othello is manipulated into thinking that his new wife Desdemona has been carrying on an affair with his lieutenant Michael Cassio when in reality it is all part of the scheme of a bitter ensign named Iago.

Director: Enrico Novelli

9. Grenadier Roland (1911)

10 min | Short, Drama

This film shows the realistic battle scenes of the Siege of Moscow, with the sensational defeat of Napoleon, with the belching cannon, the battling soldiers, scenes of heroism and daring reproduced in the most exquisite photography.

Director: Luigi Maggi | Stars: Arrigo Frusta, Alberto Capozzi, Mary Cleo Tarlarini, Giuseppe Gray

12. Nero. Or the Fall of Rome. (1909)

Not Rated | 14 min | Short, Drama

Roman emperor Nero is used to getting what he wants. He has grown tired of his wife Octavia, and has become infatuated with Poppea. He succeeds in making Poppea the new empress, but soon he... See full summary »

Directors: Arturo Ambrosio, Luigi Maggi | Stars: Alberto Capozzi, Lydia De Roberti, Mirra Principi, Luigi Maggi

Votes: 448

13. The Fall of Troy (1911)

10 min | Short, War

One of the first epics on the History of Movies, it tells the story of the Fall of Troy: Paris seduces Helen, queen of Sparta, and takes her to Troy, city state of his father, King Priam. ... See full summary »

Directors: Luigi Romano Borgnetto, Giovanni Pastrone | Stars: Luigi Romano Borgnetto, Giovanni Casaleggio, Madame Davesnes, Emilio Gallo

Votes: 188

14. Homer's Odyssey (1911)

44 min | Short, Adventure, Drama

Film adaptation of Homer's 'The Odyssey.'

Directors: Francesco Bertolini, Giuseppe de Liguoro, Adolfo Padovan | Stars: Giuseppe de Liguoro, Eugenia Tettoni Fior, Ubaldo Maria Del Colle

Votes: 103

15. Dante's Inferno (1911)

68 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Loosely adapted from Dante's Divine Comedy and inspired by the illustrations of Gustav Doré the original silent film has been restored and has a new score by Tangerine Dream.

Directors: Francesco Bertolini, Adolfo Padovan, Giuseppe de Liguoro | Stars: Salvatore Papa, Arturo Pirovano, Giuseppe de Liguoro, Pier Delle Vigne

Votes: 2,083

16. Quo Vadis? (1913)

120 min | Drama, History

An epic Italian film "Quo Vadis" influenced many of the later movies.

Director: Enrico Guazzoni | Stars: Amleto Novelli, Gustavo Serena, Carlo Cattaneo, Amelia Cattaneo

Votes: 252

17. Julius Caesar (1914)

112 min | Drama, History

The growing ambition of Julius Caesar is a source of major concern to his close friend Brutus. Cassius persuades him to participate in his plot to assassinate Caesar but they have both sorely underestimated Mark Antony.

Director: Enrico Guazzoni | Stars: Amleto Novelli, Bruto Castellani, Irene Mattalia, Ignazio Lupi

Votes: 38

18. The Last Days of Pompeii (1913)

88 min | Adventure, Drama

Two love triangles intersect in ancient Pompei.

Directors: Mario Caserini, Eleuterio Rodolfi | Stars: Fernanda Negri Pouget, Eugenia Tettoni Fior, Ubaldo Stefani, Antonio Grisanti

Votes: 464

19. Cabiria (1914)

Not Rated | 148 min | Adventure, Drama, History

Cabiria is a Roman child when her home is destroyed by a volcano. Sold in Carthage to be sacrificed in a temple, is saved by Fulvio, a Roman spy. But danger lurks, and hatred between Rome and Carthage can only lead to war.

Director: Giovanni Pastrone | Stars: Italia Almirante-Manzini, Lidia Quaranta, Bartolomeo Pagano, Carolina Catena

Votes: 2,909

20. Christus (1916)

88 min | Drama

The story of the life of Christ.

Director: Giulio Antamoro | Stars: Alberto Pasquali, Amleto Novelli, Leda Gys, Augusto Mastripietri

Votes: 46

24. The Mechanical Man (1921)

80 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

The story begins with a scientist creating a device shaped like a man that can be remote-controlled by a machine.

Director: André Deed | Stars: Giulia Costa, André Deed, Valentina Frascaroli, Mathilde Lambert

Votes: 204

28. Pinocchio (1911)

50 min | Fantasy

The old carpenter Geppeto manufactures in his workshop a wooden puppet that will soon come alive. For an hour the doll will live a thousand and one adventures: he will be judged, hanged, ... See full summary »

Director: Giulio Antamoro | Stars: Polidor, Augusto Mastripietri, Natalino Guillaume, Lea Giunchi

Votes: 81

29. The Extraordinary Adventures of Saturnino Farandola (1913)

77 min | Adventure

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 »

Directors: Marcel Perez, Luigi Maggi | Stars: Marcel Perez, Nilde Baracchi, Alfredo Bertone, Filippo Castamagna

Votes: 152

30. Tweedledum, Aviator (1911)

Short, Comedy

Tweedledum builds an airship and makes a flight. Chimneys are tumbled down, the fragments striking pedestrians in the street, buildings are wrecked, and finally the machine collapses. His ... See full summary »

Star: Marcel Perez

Votes: 43

31. Love Everlasting (1914)

90 min | Drama

Leslie Swayne, an adventurer, in order to obtain enough money to satisfy the needs of his extravagant life, has been bribed to steal the plans of the fortification from the staff officers ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Caserini | Stars: Lyda Borelli, Mario Bonnard, Gian Paolo Rosmino, Vittorio Rossi Pianelli

Votes: 95

33. Satan's Rhapsody (1917)

55 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A Faustian tale about an old woman who makes a pact with Mephisto to regain her youth, in return she must stay away from love. After the deal she meets two brothers who fall in love with her.

Director: Nino Oxilia | Stars: Lyda Borelli, Andrea Habay, Ugo Bazzini, Giovanni Cini

Votes: 553

37. The Fire (1916)

45 min | Drama

Mario, an unknown painter, remains struck and obsessed with meeting a famous poet, already married, who will be able to charm him, so that he will no longer have the talent created to be able to paint.

Director: Giovanni Pastrone | Stars: Pina Menichelli, Febo Mari

Votes: 95

38. Thais (II) (1917)

35 min | Short

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

Director: Anton Giulio Bragaglia | Stars: Augusto Bandini, Alberto Casanova, Thaïs Galitzky, Ileana Leonidoff

Votes: 131

39. Thais (II) (1917)

35 min | Short

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

Director: Anton Giulio Bragaglia | Stars: Augusto Bandini, Alberto Casanova, Thaïs Galitzky, Ileana Leonidoff

Votes: 131

41. La signora delle camelie (I) (1915)


Marguerite Gauthier, known as Camille, is a courtesan in Paris. She falls deeply in love with a young man of promise, Armand Duval. When Armand's father begs her not to ruin his hope of a ... See full summary »

Director: Baldassarre Negroni | Stars: Hesperia, Alberto Collo, Ida Carloni Talli, Alfonso Cassini

Votes: 6

42. Malombra (1917)

75 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A young woman living in a castle reads letters written by her ancestor and comes to believe that she is the returned spirit of a former aristocrat who once live there.

Director: Carmine Gallone | Stars: Lyda Borelli, Amleto Novelli, Augusto Mastripietri, Amedeo Ciaffi

Votes: 80

43. Cenere (1917)

30 min | Short, Drama

Set in Sardinia, a barren and disconsolate land, where Rosalia, a poor young mother, entrusts her only son, Anania, to the natural father, who is well-off and already married. The years ... See full summary »

Directors: Febo Mari, Arturo Ambrosio | Stars: Eleonora Duse, Febo Mari, Nietta Mordeglia, Ettore Casarotti

Votes: 138

44. Assunta Spina (1915)

72 min | Drama

Assunta Spina is a tragedy set in Naples at the beginning of the twentieth century. Assunta and Michele are in love but others come between them and there is much jealousy. They fight and ... See full summary »

Directors: Francesca Bertini, Gustavo Serena | Stars: Francesca Bertini, Gustavo Serena, Carlo Benetti, Luciano Albertini

Votes: 366

46. A Woman's Story (1920)

70 min