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Assunta Spina (1915)

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 »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Francesca Bertini ... Assunta Spina
Gustavo Serena ... Michele Boccadifuoco
Carlo Benetti Carlo Benetti ... Don Federigo Funelli
Luciano Albertini ... Raffaele
Amelia Cipriani Amelia Cipriani ... Peppina
Antonio Cruichi Antonio Cruichi ... Assunta's Father
Alberto Collo ... Officer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alberto Albertini Alberto Albertini
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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 Michele is sent to prison for two years for assault. Nevertheless, because Assunta still loves Michele she is vulnerable when Federigo offers to help Michele but only if Assunta becomes his mistress. Michele is released early from prison, finds Assunta and Federigo together and kills Federigo. When the police arrive, Assunta takes the blame for Michele's crime. Written by <mnfowler@hotmail.com>

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Country:

Italy

Release Date:

1 May 1916 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Ett sonat brott See more »

Filming Locations:

Naples, Campania, Italy

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Production Co:

Caesar Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The restorated version of the film was projected in the Festival Internacional de Cine de Puerto Vallarta (Puerto Vallarta's International Film Festival) on March 2015 See more »

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Version of Assunta Spina (2006) See more »

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Drama Queen
28 July 2004 | by CineanalystSee all my reviews

The other Italian films that I've seen from this early period of cinema history are poor imitations of theatre. In the US, the movies were more cinematic, but often confined to studios. At least in the beginning, "Assunta Spina" is outdoors a lot. One or two images of the Naples landscape are even pretty nice. It's difficult to go wrong with a shot of a boat against the horizon. Some of the outdoor footage suffers from (probably) a combination of poor lighting and deterioration of the negative.

Generally, though, the camera barely moves and the framing is always long shots. The story is a trashy melodrama about a dysfunctional couple. One is a jealous dolt, the other a clinging, masochistic drama queen. Francesca Bertini, apparently a star in her day, is a lousy screen actress--posturing histrionically and repeatedly staring into nothing in an attempt to convey emotion. It's very boring.


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