Cabiria is an Italian historical epic that ran a full 14 reels (well over three hours) at a time when most American films were still short subjects. The plot hinges on the abduction of wealthy and virginal Cabiria (Lidia Quaranta) by pirates during the Roman/Carthaginian War of ancient times. Highlights (many of which were filmed on tinted stock) include the burning of the Roman fleet, an effect accomplished with miniatures and mirrors, and Hannibal’s crossing of the Alps — with real Alps, and real elephants. Cabiria allegedly inspired the Babylonian segment of D.W. Griffith’s 1916 Intolerance. At least four versions of this film exist, each prepared by Giovanni Pastrone. The two most prominent are a 1913 silent cut that runs a full 181 minutes, and a 1931 sound cut that runs 137 minutes, which underwent advanced restoration in 2007. Both versions were screened at the 2007 Berlin International Film Festival.
Giovanni Pastrone, also known by his artistic name Piero Fosco (13 September 1883 – 27 June 1959), was an Italian film pioneer, director, screenwriter, actor and technician. Pastrone was born in Montechiaro d’Asti. He worked during the era of the silent film, but he influenced many important directors in the international cinema, such as David Wark Griffith, in his Birth of a Nation (1915) and Intolerance (1916). He died in Turin on 27 June 1959. —Wikipedia
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CABÍRIA, filme feito ainda na altura do cinema mudo, a preto-e-branco embora de tintura vermelho-acastanhada. Isto seria… read review