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Giovanni Pastrone – Il fuoco (la favilla – la vampa – la cenere) AKA The Fire (1916)

A poor painter, never artistically recognized, meets on the riverside a wealthy young lady. They are both attracted to each other and she invites him to come over to her castle. There they begin an illegal affair (the woman is married to an old grand duke who is absent at that moment). Even when she warns him that their love will be as a big fire, that will be extinguished too quickly, the painter, blinded by passion, accepts. He paints a daring and somewhat manneristic portrait of the woman and sends it to town. At the moment when they read in the newspaper that due to the portrait the painter is finally recognized and praised, the duchess receives a message her husband is returning. Secretly she puts a sleeping powder in the painter’s wine. When he awakes, she is gone and has left him only the money for the painting, that she clearly has bought. Desperately he leaves the castle and wanders around, in search for his beloved. But when he finally encounters her, in company of her husband, she pretends not to know him.

from ‘Il Fuoco or the fatal portrait : the XIXth century in the Italian silent cinema’, Blom, I.L. published in Iris : a journal of theory on image and sound No. 14-15, Autumn 1992, pp. 55-66.

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Language(s):SIlent with Italian Inter-titles

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