The Dumb Girl of Portici

Directed by Lois Weber, Philips Smalley

Release: 1916
Runtime: 112
Country: U.S.
Language: Silent w English Intertitles

Previously unseen and long overdue for the spotlight, this film remains one of screen legend Lois Weber’s finest creations and a landmark in women’s cinema. Ballet dancer and choreographer Anna Pavlova lends her presence to Weber and Phillips Smalley's story of Fenella, a wordless fisher-girl living under the Spanish occupation of Naples in the mid-17th century, as she is seduced by a Spanish nobleman. However, when the nobleman betrays and abandons her, Fenella's broken heart inspires her brother to lead a rebellion against their overlords and free their people from rule. After a century's worth of work in restoration, THE DUMB GIRL OF PORTICI returns with a brilliant score by John Sweeney to delight modern audiences.

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Technical Info

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Color: B&W
  • Formats: Blu-ray, DVD