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  Lillian Gish and William Powell.
Photograph: Silent Era image collection.
(1924) American
B&W : 13 reels / 12,974 feet
Directed by Henry King

Cast: Lillian Gish [Romola Bardi], Dorothy Gish [Tessa], William H. Powell (William Powell) [Tito Melema], Ronald Colman [Carlo Bucellini], Charles Lane [Baldassarre Calvo], Herbert Grimwood [Savonarola], Bonaventura Ibañez [Bardo Bardi, Romola’s father], Frank Puglia [Adolfo Spini], Amelia Summerville [Brigida], Tina Ceccacci Renaldi [Motina Ghita], Eduilio Mucci [Nello, the barber], Angelo Scatigna [Bratti], Alfredo Bertone [Piero de Medici]; Ugo Uccellini, Alfredo Martinelli, Gino Borsi, Pietro Nistri, Alfredo Fossi, Attilio Deodati, Pietro Betti, Ferdinando Chianese, Toto Lo Bue, Carlo Duse, Giuseppe Zocchi, Eugenio Mattioli, Giuseppe Becattini, Rinaldo Rinaldi, Enrico Monti, Baron Giuseppe Winspere, Francesco Ciancamerla, Baron Alfredo Del Judici, Baron Serge Kopfe, Gastone Barnardi, Giovanni Salvini, Countess Tolombi, Marchese Imperiale, Princess Isabella Romanoff, Countess Tamburini, Princess Bianca Raffaello, Marchese Fabrizio Gonzaga, Prince Alexander Talone, Baron Alfredo Del Judici

Inspiration Pictures, Incorporated, production; distributed by Metro-Goldwyn Distributing Corporation. / Produced by Henry King. Scenario by Will M. Ritchey, from the novel Romola by George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans). Art direction by Robert M. Haas. Shipbuilding supervision by Tito Neri. Technical advisor, Doctor Guido Biagi. Assistant director, Joseph C. Boyle. Cinematography by Roy Overbaugh and William Schurr, with assistance by Ferdinand Risi. Laboratory processing by Gustav Dietz. Intertitles by Jules Furthman and Don Bartlett. Edited by W. Duncan Mansfield. Music score by Louis H. Gottschalk. / © 1924 by Inspiration Pictures, Incorporated. Premiered 1 December 1924 at the George M. Cohan Theatre in New York, New York. Premiered 6 December 1924 at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Released 7 December 1924. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.37:1 format. / The production was shot on location in Florence, Italy. One of the earliest feature film uses of panchromatic negative filmstock. Powell’s sixth film, made before Dangerous Money (1924) but released after that film. The film was released in Sweden on 5 October 1925.

Drama: Historical.

Survival status: Prints exist in the UCLA Film and Television Archive film archive; and in private film collections [16mm reduction positives].

Current rights holder: (unknown)

Keywords: Authors: George Eliot [Mary Ann Evans] (1819-1880) - Italy: Florence

Listing updated: 23 July 2008.

References: Film credits, film viewing : Bohn-Light p. 91; Brownlow-Parade pp. 111, 112, 513, 514; Eames-MGM p. 12; Everson-American p. 165, 182, 183; FilmYearBook-1926 p. 53; Higashi-Virgins pp. 18-19; Lahue-Gentlemen pp. 61, 64; Quirk-Colman pp. 9, 16, 44, 47, 51-53; Quirk-Powell pp. 11, 18, 47-48, 53; Smith-Colman pp. 10, 25, 26-29, 30, 36, 37, 298, 299; Sweeney-Coming p. 63; Vermilye-Twenties p. 55; Weaver-Twenty pp. 145, 146, 452.

Home video: DVD.

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