Cabiria 1905 NR

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Set amidst the splendor of ancient Rome, this film quickly became the most spectacular of the italian cinema's epic, historical genre. Restored using newly mastered materials, variable speed projection and a thrilling piano score.

Starring:
Carolina Catena, Lidia Quaranta
Runtime:
2 hours 7 minutes

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Genres Military & War, Drama, Adventure
Director Giovanni Pastrone
Starring Carolina Catena, Lidia Quaranta
Supporting actors Gina Marangoni, Dante Testa, Umberto Mozzato, Bartolomeo Pagano, Raffaele di Napoli, Emilio Vardannes, Edoardo Davesnes, Italia Almirante-Manzini, Alessandro Bernard, Luigi Chellini, Vitale Di Stefano, Enrico Gemelli, Ignazio Lupi, Francesca Bertini, Giuseppe Ferrari, Soava Gallone, Domenico Gambino, Pina Menichelli
Studio Kino International
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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There were no CGI effects.
Aaron Wooldridge
At times the scenes of horror really startle because they are so unexpected in a film from 1914.
Mr Peter G George
This was an amazing look back in time to the beginning of the cinema world.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Mr Peter G George on January 13, 2001
Format: DVD
What really astonishes about Cabiria is that it was made in 1914. Technically it appears to be far superior to most films from this 'early silent' period. The story is interesting if somewhat complex and the acting is naturalistic. There are some amazing moments in this film, moments of horror, violence, comedy and genuine human emotion. At times the scenes of horror really startle because they are so unexpected in a film from 1914. The story carries the viewer far and wide over the Roman world, but does so in such a way that the epic feel does not overshadow the human drama and the complex emotions of the characters. This is a high quality DVD. The picture is fine with only a few signs of print decay. The biggest problem probably arises from the titles often being very long and rather flowery in their language, so that it is necessary to pause the DVD to read them. I have read that Cabiria was at one time shown at a length of three hours. This DVD is just over two hours. I have no doubt that this version is the most complete available, and given the variable speeds of silent films it is difficult to judge how much, if any, of the film has been lost. It would be good if there was some more detailed information, on the DVD packaging, which might clear up this issue. Furthermore I have seen stills of Cabiria which show that some prints were originally tinted. It would have been better if the film could have been restored with these original colours. These are, however, minor quibbles and do not change my decision to rate this DVD as highly as is possible.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By S. Brand VINE VOICE on May 9, 2002
Format: DVD
This was the first complete silent movie I have ever seen, and it was fascinating to observe and ponder its making 88 years ago. Considering the limited technology in movie-making then, this movie was and is a masterpiece. It has incredible scenery and/or sets, and the costuming reflecting the ancient Carthaginian and Roman cultures is well-done, although I can see the influence of the styles of 1914 in clothing, hair, and makeup.
The melodramatic acting is corny at times, but it gave rise to discussion in my family about how exaggeration was needed in silent movies to compensate for the lack of speech, which in modern movies carries a lot of weight in creating the story. The written interludes with dialogue and narration were not frequent, and therefore not tiresome, however, I often found it hard to follow the plot, which has as much to do with my unfamiliarity of the history of the period, as to uncertainty about what the acting was portraying. Nevertheless, I kept my eyes glued to the screen, following the little Roman girl Cabiria, sold to the Carthaginians to serve as a ceremonial sacrifice, later rescued to serve in the palace, and all the ensuing events surrounding her as the tides of war surge between Rome and Carthage.
I discovered this movie after watching the movie, "Good Morning Babylon" which is about two young Italian men who go to America to find work, and end up meeting the film producer, D.W. Griffith. Griffith has just viewed "Cabiria" and is so overwhelmed, he throws away his current film to create one called "Intolerance" which he vows to make as good as Cabiria. In Intolerance he tries to recreate an elephant statue he had seen in Cabiria, and so while watching Cabiria, I was looking for and found those elephant statues. This historical chain of movies, from Cabiria, to Intolerance, to Good Morning Babylon, is an interesting study in itself.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Nate Goyer on November 30, 2000
Format: DVD
I'm a silent-movie fan, so I'm patient to silent movies. Most movies made before 1920 lack fanciful camerawork, as direction was just becoming an artform. These films have a lot of wide shots, almost as if you're watching a play. "Cabiria" is one of the films that breaks the barriers of the day; panning shots begin to evolve; zoom effects created by rolling the camera to tighten the view of the acting; special effects, such as a volcano eruption that was revolutionary for it's time. "Cabiria" also raised the bar for costuming, set design and general investment in production.
Kino on Video creates wonderful products and the print used on this DVD is very clean. The score is piano-based from the original 1914 score.
Overall; If you are a silent fan, or if you're curious to see the films that developed the artform of film, "Cabiria" is a good investment!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Wooldridge on September 10, 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Most of the silent feature films I have seen are either comedies (Chaplin, Keaton) or horror/sci-fi (Nosferatu, Metropolis). I felt like looking for silent films in different genres, and when I discovered that Cabiria is a very early and historically significant film I decided to give it a chance. To my very pleasant surprise I found Cabiria to be a truly enjoyable historical adventure epic - something that is a lot of fun to watch and not just of intellectual interest. I think fans of silent films will appreciate the technical achievements, and those who don't normally watch silent films will be captivated by the action and enormous set pieces. I want to tell people about this relatively unknown movie because I think many more people should see it. I would wager that it is one of the few silent films that could actually be of real interest to modern general audiences. This Kino release has picture quality that is cleaned up and extremely clear, new highly readable title cards, and a restoration that brings us the complete film for the first time in I don't know how long. Thanks to Kino this is a highly approachable and easy to enjoy film.

Cabiria takes place during the Punic Wars a couple of centuries before Julius Caesar. The film begins when a Roman town is destroyed by a volcano. A little girl named Cabiria and her nurse escape the volcano's destruction only to be captured by pirates and sold as slaves. Cabiria is sold to the priests of Carthage who intend to sacrifice her to the god Molech. The girl's nurse finds two fellow Romans and begs them to find and rescue Cabiria before she is sacrificed in the fire. One of the Roman heroes is a strong muscle man. (When this film was made in 1914 it was decades before the birth of modern bodybuilding.
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