Psychological Symmetry

Zia Bettina
R: Unknown. D: Ida Carloni Talli, Alberto Collo, Augusto Mastripietri. P: Cines, Roma. It 1912
Print: Museo Nazionale del Cinema

“Aunt Bettina is an old maid who lives of memories. One day she accepts to host a young niece of her, Margherita, who is sent by her parents to forget a love story. The aunt discovers, that the man her niece loves, is the son of her first and never forgotten love. Concerned that Margherita might have the same sad fate as her own, who could never marry the man she wanted, she decides to try to soften the heart of the old man. Taking advantage of the similarity between her and the young niece, she dresses her up like herself when she was young. The old Count, moved by the sweet memory, finally accepts their marriage.
The video is a copy from the film print held by the Museo Nazionale del Cinema: 35mm, positive, polyester, 168 m, 9′ at 18 fps, colour (Desmetcolor), Italian intertitles, silent.”
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Chi fu il colpevole?
Dir. and actors unknown. P: Itala Film, Torino. It 1910
Print: Museo Nazionale del Cinema / EYE
Dutch titles

“A young army officer goes to visit her sister in the countryside. Perhaps due to the idleness of the country life, he begins to woo the governess of her sister’s daughter. Flattered, the girl soon falls in love with the officer. One day, while the officer is trying in vain to make the governess definitively fall at his feet, the little girl, who was chasing a butterfly, falls into the river. Immediately the officer dives into the river to save her. But the young governess would have been fired, if the officer had not come forward to clarify how it was his responsibility for the accident. Repented, the officer leaves the house.”
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