Cabiria (1914) IMDb


Review refers to a 130-minute Swedish national archive version, seen with live piano accompaniment.


Roman epic, recorded partly on location. One of the earliest films of its length.


Greedy servants discover their master’s treasure chamber as it cracks open during an eruption of mount Etna. The young daughter of the wealthy household sticks with her thieving, fleeing nurse and is consequently abducted by pirates. They bring the girl to Carthage, where a Roman spy and his huge black slave try to rescue her from the sacrificial furnace of the dark god Moloch. The city does not fall for ten more years.


Loosely composed, based on simple tableaux. Apparently the original source of a successful modern folkloric archetype, the fascistoid Maciste, who appeared in more than 50 later films with little regard for “facts” like skin colour or that he lived as a slave in the Punic wars.

References here: Metropolis (1927).

fiction moving picture