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      Cabiria screens at Montreal’s Italian Week

      Aug. 5, 2011

      Montreal’s Italian Week officially gets underway tonight with the first of nine classic Italian films being shown at the newly renovated Casa D’Italia.

      Tonight’s feature film screening will be the 1914 silent film, Cabiria. Directed by Giovanni Pastrone, it’s considered by many critics a classic from the early years of the Italian film industry. With its elaborate set and thousands of extras, it was a box office sensation at the time of release.

      The story centers on the abduction of a wealthy and virginal Cabiria by pirates during the Roman/Carthaginian War of ancient times. She is sold as a slave and eventually saved by a Roman nobleman.

      It’s only been a few years since the film is available on DVD. A restored version of the film screened at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, with an introduction by director Martin Scorsese.

      Cabiria screens tonight (Friday, August 5) at 7:30PM at the Casa D’Italia, located at 505 Jean Talon est. Admission is free.

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