The Dumb Girl of Portici

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Anna Pavlova was a prima ballerina, a superstar and a dream, and in this restoration of Lois Weber’s 1916 silent ballet film The Dumb Girl of Portici, she’s on-screen. Commanding and emotive, she dances like an unusually graceful goblin or a small child. Her performance, the bloody revolution against the aristocracy, and intertitles reading things like “With her own hands the Princess had embroidered a scarf that was destined to play an important part in her life’s tragedy” make the film a must-see combination of frivolity, drama, politics, and art.
by Julia Raban
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Director
Lois Weber, Phillips Smalley
Cast
Anna Pavlova, Rupert Julian, Wadsworth Harris