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Sisto V (Millecinquecentonovanta [1590])
Sisto V (Millecinquecentonovanta [1590]) (1911)
  • Director:
    Luigi Maggi
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  • Cast:
    Paolo Azzurri,Alberto Capozzi,Oreste Grandi
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Prince Farnese is condemned to death and his wife makes an impassioned appeal to the Pope for his life. Moved by her eloquence and anguish, he cannot refuse her request, and gives her an order to the prison warden to deliver the prince to her at the stroke of two of the castle clock. After she has departed he issues orders to have the execution take place at the stroke of one. The chamberlain betrays this fact to the princess and her page mounts to the high steeple and tampers with the clock so it strikes twice when it should strike once. The ruse is successful and the prince escapes. When Sixtus learns how he has been outwitted, he is very wroth, but before he can take steps to recapture the prince he passes away, the end coming in a sensational scene, as he is surrounded on his throne by the cardinals and ambassadors.
Credited cast:
Paolo Azzurri Paolo Azzurri
Alberto Capozzi Alberto Capozzi
Oreste Grandi Oreste Grandi
Giuseppe Gray Giuseppe Gray
Luigi Maggi Luigi Maggi
Enrico Negro Enrico Negro
Norina Rasero Norina Rasero
Mary Cleo Tarlarini Mary Cleo Tarlarini
Ercole Vaser Ercole Vaser
Ernesto Vaser Ernesto Vaser
Serafino Vite Serafino Vite
Mario Voller-Buzzi Mario Voller-Buzzi

Sisto V (Millecinquecentonovanta [1590]) (1911)
There have been some had Popes beyond all doubt, and where their history is the contemporaneous history of their times their acts are legitimate subjects for representation in moving pictures. If, however, the wickedness of a particular Pope is to be shown on a moving picture screen, let there be some historical foundation, otherwise the thing becomes a slander on dead men, who depend on professors of history to defend them. Pope Sixtus V was no doubt a tyrant, perhaps he was cruel and even brutal, but his worst enemy has never accused him of having been licentious. The plot I fear has been constructed not out of history, but out of the needs of the film maker. As it treats of a subject which may easily offend religious feelings, such a departure from historical accuracy is to be deplored. In some respects, too, the picture is ridiculous without meaning to be so. Popes do not have their tiaras on the little table in their sleeping chambers, our Italian friends ought to know that much at least. There are many clever situations in the film, much good acting and the injection of controversial matter into the film detracts from its merits from the exhibitor's point of view. - The Moving Picture World, July 8, 1911