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The first Italian Movie ever: La Presa di Roma (by Filoteo Alberini)

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Published on Nov 6, 2009

The first Italian movie ever made: La Presa di Roma, released on September 18th 1905 and directed by Filoteo Alberini.
The movie describes the last moments of Rome in the hands of the Pope, divided from the rest of Italy, as it was in 1870. In the opening scene, blindfolded General Carchidio is escorted from Ponte Milvio to General Kanzler of the Papal Army. Carchidio issues an ultimatum to surrender to Kanzler which is refused, and a breach in the city walls is stormed by troops (la breccia di Porta Pia).
The film recorded a crucial moment in the country's recent history: the capture of Rome by the newly-formed Italian army and the election of the city as the country's capital. It was produced with the co-operation of the country's Ministry of War and its goal was to strenghten the feeling of "Italianity" among the populations, putting in a bad light the role of the catholicism during the unification.

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