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14 October 2015

Bufera (1926)

In the silent Italian mountain drama Bufera/The Storm (Wladimiro De Liguoro, 1926), Rina De Liguoro plays a woman seduced and abandoned by a rude mountain man. He leaves her with a child. When finally her life seems to retake thanks to another, kinder man, the first one reappears. Luckily a mountain storm swallows the inconvenient intruder.

Rina De Liguoro in Bufera
Italian postcard by Ed. G.B. Falci, Milano, no. 373. Photo: Rina De Liguoro in Bufera/The Storm (Wladimiro De Liguoro, 1926).

Rina De Liguoro in Bufera
Italian postcard by Ed. G.B. Falci, Milano, no. 377. Photo: Rina De Liguoro and Celio Bucchi in Bufera/The Storm (Wladimiro De Liguoro, 1926).

Rina De Liguoro in Bufera
Italian postcard by Ed. G.B. Falci, Milano, no. 378. Photo: Rina De Liguoro and Celio Bucchi in Bufera/The Storm (Wladimiro De Liguoro, 1926).

Glittering Career


The star of Bufera was Rina De Liguoro (1892-1966), the last diva of the Italian silent cinema. She had her breakthrough in 1924 as the sensual, untamed Roman empress Messalina, and the beautiful countess continued her glittering career in such epics as Quo Vadis (1924), Casanova (1927) and Cecil B. De Mille's notorious Madam Satan (1930).

Her co-star was the athletic Celio Bucchi (1886-1964), an Italian actor who starred during the 1920s in adventure films like La congiura di San Marco/The conspiracy of San Marco (1924). Later he became a nameless extra and warehouse manager of a studio in Turin.


Rina De Liguoro and Celio Bucchi in Bufera
Italian postcard by Ed. G.B. Falci, Milano, no. 388. Photo: Rina De Liguoro and Celio Bucchi in Bufera (Wladimiro De Liguoro, 1926).

Rina De Liguoro in Bufera
Italian postcard by Ed. G.B. Falci, Milano, no. 389. Photo: Rina De Liguoro and Celio Bucchi in Bufera/The Storm (Wladimiro De Liguoro, 1926).

Rina de Liguoro
Italian postcard by G.B. Falci Editore, Milano, no. 393. Photo: publicity still for Bufera/Storm (Wladimiro De Liguoro, 1926).

Source: IMDb.

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