Italy 1919 (35mm, , )
Clara, the daughter of the Marquis de Beaulieu, who has lost his entire fortune, is forced to forgo her wedding with the Duke de Bligny. To escape poverty, she agrees to marry Philippe Derblay, a young man of humble origins who has become the owner of an ironworks through his hard work. Clara considers Philippe a parvenu and looks down on him, but the man manages to show her how wrong her prejudice is and win her heart. The film is based on the novel Le maître des forges by Georges Ohnet, one of the most successful and prolific authors of feuilletons. Published in 1882, the works was immediately successful and just two years later Ohnet had written a theatrical version. The definitive fame of the work came through cinema: between 1914 (the year The Iron Master was directed by Travers Vale) and 1958 (Il padrone delle ferriere by Anton Giulio Majano) at least five films have been based on the novel by the French author, making use of its simple and linear dramatic construction. The film will be screened in a renewed version by the Museo Nazionale del Cinema and Cineteca di Bologna.
Eugenio Perego (Milan, 1876-Rome, 1944) began working in the world of cinema in the early 1910s, adapting texts and writing screenplays for Film d’Arte Italiana and later for Pasquali Films. A part-time actor for Itala Films, in 1915 he began devoting himself to directing at Milano Films, where he also worked as adapter and screenwriter. In a short time he made a name for himself as a valid metteur-enscène with a brilliant and humorous vein, and directed mainly comedies. He ended his professional activity in the 1920s at Lombardo in Naples, where he directed Leda Gys in nine successful films. The rise of talkies put an end to his career.
(Updated to the last partecipation to TFF)
L’appetito vien mangiando (1915), Partita doppia (1916), Così è la vita (1917), Il giardino incantato (1918), Il padrone delle ferriere (1919), Il supplizio del silenzio (1920), Le tre illusioni (1921), La trappola (1922), Santarellina (1923), Vedi Napule e po’ mori! (1924), Napoli è una canzone (1927), Napule...e niente cchiù (1928), Rondine (1929).