Beatrice (1919 film)

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Directed by Herbert Brenon
Written by Dante Alighieri
Starring Francesca Bertini
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Country Italy
Language Silent
Italian intertitles

Beatrice is a 1919 Italian silent historical film directed by Herbert Brenon and starring Francesca Bertini. [1] It tells the story of Dante Alighieri's love to Beatrice Portinari, loosely based on Dante's poetry. It appears to be a separate film from Brenon's 1921 film The Stronger Passion , which also had the original title of Beatrice although they may be alternative versions of the same production.

Silent film film with no synchronized recorded dialogue

A silent film is a film with no synchronized recorded sound. In silent films for entertainment, the plot may be conveyed by the use of title cards, written indications of the plot and key dialogue lines. The idea of combining motion pictures with recorded sound is nearly as old as film itself, but because of the technical challenges involved, the introduction of synchronized dialogue became practical only in the late 1920s with the perfection of the Audion amplifier tube and the advent of the Vitaphone system. During the silent-film era that existed from the mid-1890s to the late 1920s, a pianist, theater organist—or even, in large cities, a small orchestra—would often play music to accompany the films. Pianists and organists would play either from sheet music, or improvisation.

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  1. Journeys of Desire p.50