The Dumb Girl of Portici

Archival Presentations | 1916 | 115 minutes

Stranger Says:

Anna Pavlova was a prima ballerina, a superstar and a dream, and in this restoration of Lois Weber’s 1916 silent ballet film The Dumb Girl of Portici, she’s on-screen. Commanding and emotive, she dances like an unusually graceful goblin or a small child. Her performance, the bloody revolution against the aristocracy, and intertitles reading things like “With her own hands the Princess had embroidered a scarf that was destined to play an important part in her life’s tragedy” make the film a must-see combination of frivolity, drama, politics, and art.


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Film Credits
Lois Weber, Phillips Smalley
Anna Pavlova, Rupert Julian, Wadsworth Harris, Douglas Gerrard, Jack Holt
SIFF 2017