Film of Arte Italiana (full name: Società Anonima Italiana per Film d’Arte ) is an Italian film housespecialized in the production and distribution of films that was active during the mute period.
The film d’arte italiana was created in 1909 in Rome on the initiative of Adolfo Re Riccardi on behalf of the film houses Pathé and The Film of Art . The management of the two French houses, preoccupied by the competition of Italian houses on the international markets, had decided to set up shop in Italy with their own production infrastructure, which at the same time made it possible to expose the film produced in large quantities to Vincennes. The organizational chart of the Italian Film Festival was as follows:
- Charles Pathé , President;
- Gerolamo Lo Savio , Administrative Director;
- Adolfo Re Riccardi, Director General;
- Ugo Falena , artistic director;
- Alfredo Campioni , director of the stage.
Like the company Film of Art , the Roman house contracted the best Italian theater performers, a task facilitated by the presence in its directory of the theater entrepreneur Re Riccardi and the theater critic Falena. Always in imitation of the French model, the Film d’arte italiana was oriented from its beginnings towards the artistic productions and inspired by literary works. Among his first productions are film adaptations of Shakespeare’s works such as Othello ( 1909 ), King Lear ( 1910 ), The Merchant of Venice ( 1911 ) andRomeo and Juliet ( 1912 ) as well ashistorical dramas and comedies whose themes were provided by Falena.
Among the collaborators, mainly Italian and French, of the Film of arte italiana we find the actors Ettore Berti , Cesare Dondini jr. , Ferruccio Garavaglia , Alberto Nepoti , Ermete Novelli and Ubaldo Pittei ; actresses Vittoria Lepanto , Francesca Bertini , Maria Jacobini , Teresa Marianiet Stacia Napierkowska ; and directors Guido Brignone , Albert Capellani , Louis J. Gasnier and Gustavo Serena .
In 1917, the company’s capital was acquired by Gioacchino Mecheri , who merged the Film d’Arte into Tiber Film , a Roman film factory he owned. In 1919 the Arte Film was integrated into the Unione Cinematografica Italiana (UCI).
- 1909 : The Lady with Camellias ( Camille ) of Ugo Falena
- 1909 : Carmen of Gerolamo Lo Savio
- 1910 : Salome of Ugo Falena
- 1910 : Folchetto of Narbonne ( Folchetto di Narbona ) by Ugo Falena
- 1910 : Rigoletto by Gerolamo Lo Savio
- 1910 : King Lear ( Re Lear ) by Gerolamo Lo Savio
- 1910 : The Civil Death ( The Civil Death ) of Gerolamo Lo Savio
- 1910 : History of Borgia ( Lucrezia Borgia ) by Ugo Falena
- 1916 : Chiffonette by Ubaldo Pittei
- 1916 : Diana the mysterious ( The Misteriosa ) of Ubaldo Pittei
- 1917 : Bad path ( Nel rifugio ) of Ubaldo Pittei
- 1920 : Vertigo love ( Vertigine ) of Baldassarre Negroni
- 1919 : The signora senza pace of Baldassarre Negroni
- 1919 : Fiamma simbolica by Eugenio Perego
- 1919 : Bimbi lontani of Baldassarre Negroni
- 1919 : The vita senza scopo of Baldassarre Negroni
- 1920 : The Joys of the Family ( Le gioie del focolare ) by Baldassarre Negroni
- 1921 : The congiura dei Fieschi of Ugo Falena
- 1924 : He pane altrui of Telemaco Ruggeri