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24 August 2017

Il piccolo scrivano fiorentino (1915)

Last week we did a post on the Italian silent film Naufragio/Shipwreck (Umberto Paradisi, 1915). Like Naufragio, Il piccolo scrivano fiorentino/The little scribe from Florence (Leopoldo Carlucci, 1915) is based on one of the stories from Edmondo De Amicis' book Cuore (Heart, 1886). Child actor Ermanno Roveri is also the star of this film and again the film was produced by Film Artistica Gloria.

Ermanno Roveri in Il piccolo scrivano fiorentino
Italian postcard by Film Artistica Gloria, Torino, no. 3386. Photo: publicity still for Il piccolo scrivano fiorentino (Leopoldo Carlucci, 1915). Caption: One night, for the first time in his life, he fell asleep over his notebook. Wake up! Wake up! his father shouted to him, Get to work!

Il piccolo scrivano fiorentino
Italian postcard by Film Artistica Gloria, Torino, no. 3386. Photo: publicity still for Il piccolo scrivano fiorentino (Leopoldo Carlucci, 1915). Caption: 'Giulio is ill. Look how pale he is.' His father said: 'It is his bad conscience which gives him bad health.'

Il piccolo scrivano fiorentino
Italian postcard by Film Artistica Gloria, Torino, no. 3386. Photo: publicity still for Il piccolo scrivano fiorentino (Leopoldo Carlucci, 1915). Caption: He didn't love him anymore, there was no doubt now, he was dead in the heart of his father...

The secret of a son


Italian actor Ermanno Roveri started his career as child star, a.o. in the adaptations of the stories from Edmondo De Amicis' novel Cuore, including Il piccolo patriota padovano/The little patriot from Padua (1915), Dagli Appennini alle Ande/From the Apennines to the Andes (Umberto Paradisi, 1916), and Naufragio/Shipwreck (Umberto Paradisi, 1916).

In Il piccolo scrivano fiorentino, Ermanno Roveri plays Giulio, a 12-year old boy from Florence. The boy lacks sleep as he secretly helps his father (Antonio Monti) copying volumes at night.

His parents reproach him, as Giulio loses weight and lacks attention in school. One night, however, the father discovers the secret of his son...

All the Cuore-adaptations were filmed in 1915-1916 for the company Gloria Film in Turin. The stories were set during the Italian unification, and include several patriotic themes.

In the films, the heroes were young Italians who sacrificed themselves for their country and fought against the enemies at all time, even in distant wars. Gloria understood how to support through cinema the war effort during World War I.

Il piccolo scrivano fiorentino
Italian postcard by Film Artistica Gloria, Torino, no. 3386. Photo: publicity still of Ermanno Roveri and Antonio Monti in Il piccolo scrivano fiorentino (Leopoldo Carlucci, 1915). Caption: 'Oh, Daddy! Daddy, forgive me, forgive me!', he cried, recognising his father.

Il piccolo scrivano fiorentino
Italian postcard by Film Artistica Gloria, Torino, no. 3386. Photo: publicity still for Il piccolo scrivano fiorentino (Leopoldo Carlucci, 1915). Caption: 'Kiss this dear angel of a son of mine, who for three months hasn't slept and has worked in my place.'

Il piccolo scrivano fiorentino
Italian postcard by Film Artistica Gloria, Torino, no. 3386. Photo: publicity still for Il piccolo scrivano fiorentino (Leopoldo Carlucci, 1915). Caption: 'Now go straight to bed, my child, go to sleep and rest.'

Source: Europeana, Wikipedia (Italian and English) and IMDb.

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