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The Dumb Girl of Portici

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The Dumb Girl of Portici
Anna Pavlova in The Dumb Girl of Portici.jpg
Anna Pavlova (center foreground)
Directed byPhillips Smalley
Lois Weber
Written byGermain Delavigne (opera)
Eugène Scribe (opera)
Lois Weber
Produced byCarl Laemmle
StarringAnna Pavlova
Rupert Julian
Wadsworth Harris
CinematographyDal Clawson
Allen G. Siegler
R.W. Walter
Distributed byUniversal Film Manufacturing Company
Release date
  • April 3, 1916 (1916-04-03)
Running time
112 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

The Dumb Girl of Portici is a 1916 American silent historical drama film directed by Phillips Smalley and Lois Weber and starring Anna Pavlova, Rupert Julian and Wadsworth Harris.[1] It was adapted by Weber from the libretto by Germain Delavigne and Eugène Scribe for Daniel Auber's 1828 opera La muette de Portici (The Mute of Portici). The film marked Pavlova's only feature film performance.


The film was one of the most expensive film made at a cost at approximately $300,000. The film was the first major film directed by a woman director in the early 1910s.[2]


Fenella (Anna Pavlova) is a poor Italian girl who falls in love with Duke d'Arcos (Wadsworth Harris), a Spanish nobleman.[3]



The film was released on DVD/Blu-ray in 2018 with a new score by John Sweeney.[4]

See also


  1. ^ Slide p.43
  2. ^ "THE DUMB GIRL OF PORTICI (1916)". April 3, 1916. Retrieved June 3, 2021.
  3. ^ "The Dumb Girl of Portici". 1916. Retrieved June 3, 2021.
  4. ^ "Milestone Film".


  • Slide, Anthony. Early Women Directors. A. S. Barnes, 1977.

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