An early film factory in Italy

Il romanzo di un fantino
R: Arturo Ambrosio (?). B: Arrigo Frusta. D: Paolo Azzurri, Alberto Capozzi, Oreste Grandi. P: Società Anonima Ambrosio. It 1910

“A man makes an unsuitable marriage and his family disowns him. When his father-in-law becomes desperately ill, he rides in a prize race, but is injured badly.
The cinematography of this Italian short from 1910 is excellent and well-conceived. When the horses collide and a rider is injured, it is shot from a distance – probably because the loss of detail made it easier to fake – there is uncertainty as to who is injured, increasing tension nicely.”
boblipton (New York City)
IMDb

“Film played an important role at the 1911 Exposition. Turin was the cradle of the Italian film industry, and the Turinese Ambrosio Film Company was founded in 1906 by Arturo Ambrosio and Alfredo Gandolfi. From 1908 to 1912, Ambrosio Film produced numerous short films and, from 1911 on, it specialized in multiple-reel feature films such as L’ultimo dei Frontignac (The Last of the Frontignacs, 1911). According to the Enclyclopedia of Early Cinema, ‘in 1912 and 1913, Ambrosio managed to release around 200 films per year and shared with Cines the role of leading Italian manufacturer on the international market.’
Ambrosio Film received the prize for the best artistic film and best documentary at the International Exposition with a drama on the Risorgimento entitled Nozze d’oro (The Golden Anniversary), featuring the leading Ambrosio actors Alberto Capozzi and Mary Cléo Tarlarini. Turin 1911 also hosted screenings of the documentary La vita delle farfalle (The Life Cycle of the Butterflies) based on a narrative by Guido Gozzano.”
World’s Fair in Italy

Butalin fa i suoi comodi
D: Cesare Gravina. P: Società Anonima Ambrosio, Torino. It 1912
Print: Museo Nazionale del Cinema / EYE Filmmuseum
Dutch titles

“Butalin, who is peacefully sleeping in his room, is suddenly awakened by a crowd of creditors. But he does not deign to give them any answer. That is why the creditors decide to push the bed, with Butalin still on it, out of the room, and bring him so to the police station….”
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Arturo Ambrosio, 1909