Friday, August 8, 2014

Cabiria Unaffected by War -- August 8, 2014

Moving Picture World, 15-August-1914

Giovanni Pastrone's Italian feature Cabiria was a popular spectacle which influenced filmmakers all over the world, including DW Griffith. It was set during the Second Punic War. The image above shows a "Mammoth volcano scene."

 The movie introduced the strongman character Maciste, who went on to appear in many movies.

Moving Picture World, 29-August-1914

This article mentions that the war in Europe has not affected the production of prints with translated subtitles for the American market.  Italy did not enter the war until 1915.  Note that some scenes had two colors applied in "the Itala process."  Perhaps that was tinting and toning. 

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