A Family of Film Actors

Vendetta d’amico
R: Unknown. D: Oreste Grandi, Gigetta Morano, Ernesto Vaser, Angelo Vestri. P: Società Anonima Ambrosio. It 1911
Print: EYE (Desmet collection)
German intertitles

Un successo diplomatico
R: Unknown. D: Gigetta Morano, Eleuterio Rodolfi, Camillo De Riso. P: Società Anonima Ambrosio. It 1913
Print: EYE (Desmet collection)
Dutch intertitles

Eleuterio Rodolfi (1876-1935) trained as a theatre actor before starting in comical films, where he played a witty and sometimes unfortunate gentleman. From late 1913 on, he began film directing too, focusing on comedy. Camillo De Riso (1854-1924) had a theatre career behind him before starting in film, just like Morano and Rodolfi. A son of a stage actor, he started a family of film actors. Beginning in 1912 at Ambrosio, De Riso formed a successful trio with Morano and Rodolfi, contributing with his rotund face and generous look of bourgeois bonhomme. In late 1913 De Riso started at the Gloria company, where he created the gay epicure and shameless libertine character of Camillo.

One typical example of the Morano/Rodolfi comedies is Vendetta d’amico (Friendly Vengeance, Ambrosio 1911), in which two friends fight over the same woman. One wins and marries her, but then discovers that she is prodigal. He leaves a suicide note, and she marries the other friend, who soon discovers her wasteful conduct. Husband number one laughingly reappears. In Un successo diplomatico (A Diplomatic Success, Ambrosio 1913), Morano is an ambassador’s daughter who travels to Berlin as she suspects her husband of infidelity. Her father (Camillo De Riso), travels to find her, and discovers that she is courted by a diplomat (Rodolfi). He prevents her from making two mistakes (unjust infidelity and adultery) and deters the suitor by informing him that she is a dangerous terrorist.”
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