Stars: George Beban, J. Frank Burke, Fanny Midgley Director: Reginald Barker Runtime: 72 Minutes Language: English subtitles - Orchestra music score Color: Black and White Format: DVD-R Extras: The Egyptian Mummy (1915) Rating: NR
THE ITALIAN (1915)
Produced by Thomas H. Ince
Directed by Reginald Barker
Story by Thomas H. Ince and C. Gardner Sullivan
Cast: George Beban ... Beppo Donnetti J. Frank Burke ... Trudo Ancello Fanny Midgley Leo Willis Clara Williams ... Annette Ancello
An immigrant leaves his sweetheart in Italy to find a better life across the sea in the grimy slums of New York. He finally earns the money to be reunited with his love and they marry. But life in New York is hard and tragedy strikes with the death of his infant son after he is wrongfully jailed and unable to provide. An astonishingly accomplished film for its time. Stunningly shot with lighting effects that are truly sublime, this is an early gem that clearly reveals Reginald Barker to be a pioneer director of equal standing to D. W. Griffith and Maurice Tourneur. 72 minutes.