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The Italian (1915)

Passed | | Drama | January 1915 (USA)
An immigrant leaves his sweetheart in Italy to find a better life across the sea in the grimy slums of New York. They are eventually reunited and marry. But life in New York is hard and ... See full summary »

Director:

Reginald Barker (uncredited)

Writers:

Thomas H. Ince (story), C. Gardner Sullivan (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Beban ... Beppo Donnetti
Clara Williams ... Annette Ancello Donnetti
J. Frank Burke ... Trudo Ancello - Annette's Father
Leo Willis Leo Willis ... Corrigan - NYC Ward Boss
Fanny Midgley Fanny Midgley
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Storyline

An immigrant leaves his sweetheart in Italy to find a better life across the sea in the grimy slums of New York. They are eventually reunited and marry. But life in New York is hard and tragedy tarnishes their dream of a better life in the new world. Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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PARAMOUNT PICTURES CORPORATION By Special Arrangement with the New York Motion Picture Company Presents GEORGE BEBAN in "THE ITALIAN" ( original poster)

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1915 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dago See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This film was selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1991. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Godfather: Part II (1974) See more »

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Immigrant misery.
1 August 2001 | by ItalianGerrySee all my reviews

This short American silent feature is a knockout. Made in 1915, it was lost for several decades. It is the story of an Italian immigrant and his wife who see in the United States a land of opportunity and happiness. Everything, instead, works against them. The film makes a very strong impression and has credible performances. The location shooting in the ghettos of the time give it a distinctly neo-realist feeling. It is said that Francis Ford Coppola watched it closely before shooting the Little Italy sequences of "The Godfather, Part II"


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