Italian postcard. Film Artistica Gloria, Torino, No. 3386. Ermanno Roveri in Il piccolo scrivano fiorentino (Leopoldo Carlucci Gloria 1915). Caption: One night, for the first time in his life, he fell asleep over his notebook. Wake up! Wake up! his father shouted to him, Get to work!
In this film, based on one the stories from Edmondo De Amicis’ book Cuore (1886), Giulio (Roveri), a 12-year old boy from Florence, lacks sleep as he secretly helps his father (Antonio Monti) copying volumes at night. His parents reproach him, as he loses weight and lacks attention in school. One night, however, the father discovers the secret.
Italian postcard for the film Dagli Appennini alle Ande (Umberto Paradisi, Gloria Film 1916), adaptation of one of the stories of Edmondo De Amicis’ novel Cuore, and starring Ermanno Roveri. Caption: ‘Dear son, Marco mine’, his father said to him, ‘you now leave on a holy mission and God will help you’. The background may be the harbour of Genova.
Content: young Marco from Genova sails to Buenos Aires to visit his seriously ill mother, who emigrated for work. While his mother refuses any cure, Marco wanders around endlessly in search of his mother, follwing the traces of the family for whom his mother worked, all over Argentine until the foot of the Andes mountains. He first joins a caravan, but when they abandon him, he continues on his own, until he finds his mother, who then accepts to be operated and cured.
Italian actor Ermanno Roveri (1903-1968) started his career as child star, a.o. in various adaptations of the stories from Cuore, such as Dagli Appennini alle Ande, Naufragio, Il piccolo patriota padovano and Il piccolo scrivano fiorentino, all filmed in 1915-1916 for the company Gloria Film.
Italian postcard. Film Artistica Gloria, Torino, No. 3371. Ermanno Roveri in Il piccolo patriota padovano (Leopoldo Carlucci Gloria 1915). Caption: He ran to ask for protection to the Italian consul.
In this film adapted from one of the stories from Cuore (1886), the book by Edmondo De Amicis, a young boy from Padua (Roveri) dressed in rags is discovered on a boat to Genua. His poor parents have sold him to acrobats, who maltreat him. During a stop in Barcelona he flees to the Italian consul who helps him return. Aboard the ship to Italy he is nurtured, dressed and foreign visitors give him money, but when he overhears them talking badly about Italy and the Italians, he throws hem back the money, not supporting alimony from those who insult his country.