Italian actor Angelo Ferrari (1897 - 1945) appeared in nearly 200 films. He started his career in Italian silent films and later got a strong foothold in the German cinema.
German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 4848/1, 1929-1930. Photo: Atelier Ahrlé, Berlin.
German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 1447/1. Photo: Schlosser & Wenisch. Signed: 'Sinceramente [Sincerely], Angelo Ferari, 1926.'
Angelo Ferrari was born in Lombardia, Italy in 1897. In the late 1910’s he started his career with Italian silent films like La serata d'onore di Buffalo/The Gala Night for Buffalo (1916, Carlo Campogalliani) and Il veliero della morte/The Veil of Death (1917, Carlo Campogalliani). These films were produced by the pioneering production company Pasquali Film. Later he worked with well-known director Augusto Genina on I tre sentimentali/The Three Sentimentals (1920), L'incatenata/The Chained Woman (1921) and Un punto nero/The Black Point (1922). He starred with diva Francesca Bertini in La donna nuda/The Naked Woman (1922, Roberto Roberti – Sergio Leone’s father). With another Italian star, Rina De Liguoro, he appeared in Savitri Satyavan (1923, Giorgio Mannini). This was the first international co-production of India. The love-is-stronger-than-death story sees Savitri (De Liguoro), the daughter of King Ashwapati and a goddess, fall for Satyavan (Ferrari) who is destined to die within a year. He is killed by a tree and his soul is gathered by the god Yama (Gianna Terribili-Gonzales) but he returns to life and there is a happy ending for the lovers. Some nudity and other 'erotic' images were removed in India to satisfy the censors.
Postcard: G.B. Falci, Milano. Photo: still of Francesca Bertini and Angelo Ferrari in La donna nuda (1922).
German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 3116/2, 1928-1929. Photo: Atelier Hanni Schwartz, Berlin.
France, Germany, Italy
Angelo Ferrari appeared in the French production L'engrenage (1923, Maurice Kéroul, Max Reichmann) before gaining a foothold in the German film business with his role in Die grüne Manuela/The Green Manuela (1923, Ewald André Dupont). In the silent German cinema he acted in successful films like Prater (1924, Peter Paul Felner) with Henny Porten, Die Motorbraut/The Motor Bride (1925, Richard Eichberg) with Lee Parry, and the Kammerspiel Eifersucht/Jealousy (1925, Karl Grune) opposite Lya de Putti. He returned to Italy for another hit, Cirano di Bergerac/Cyrano de Bergerac (1925, Augusto Genina), a film version of Edmond Rostand's famous play featuring Alex Bernard. In Germany he then appeared in dozens of films including Rosen aus dem Süden/Roses From the South (1926, Carl Froelich) opposite Henny Porten, Orientexpress/Orient Express (1927, Wilhelm Thiele) with Lil Dagover, Kopf hoch, Charly!/Heads Up, Charley (1927, Willi Wolff) with Marlene Dietrich, Die Sünderin/The Sinner (1927, Mario Bonnard), Villa Falconieri (1928, Richard Oswald) with Maria Jacobini, and the war drama Richthofen (1929, Peter Joseph).
Austrian postcard by Iris-Verlag, no. 5002. Photo: HPF/Micheluzzi-Verleih.
German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 4064/1, 1929-1930. Photo: Atelier Schrecker, Berlin.
The Age of the Talkies
Angelo Ferrari’s first sound film was La donna di una notte/The Woman of One Night (1930, Marcel L’Herbier) featuring the diva of the silent Italian cinema Francesca Bertini. It was an alternate language version of La femme d'une nuit (1930, Marcel L’Herbier), also starring Bertini. Because La donna di una notte was edited without his consent, director L'Herbier asked for his name to be removed from the credits. It was still released in Rome and Milan for Christmas of 1931 with his name still appearing. In the age of the talkies Ferrari continued to play in well-known German pictures like Barcarole (1935, Gerhard Lamprecht), Fridericus (1936, Johannes Meyer), Der Mann der Sherlock Holmes War/The Man Who Was Sherlock Holmes (1937, Karl Hartl) starring Hans Albers and Heinz Rühmann, and Tango Notturno (1937, Fritz Kirchhoff) featuring Pola Negri. But his parts became smaller. During the 1940’s he appeared in more than 50 German films, mostly in small, sometimes even uncredited parts. His last appearance was in the comedy Verlobte Leute/Engaged People (1950, Karl Anton). Angelo Ferrari died in 1954 in Berlin, Germany.
German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 1376/1, 1927-1928.
Titles for Der Mann der Sherlock Holmes War (1937) which is about a man who was NOT Sherlock Holmes, of course, but uses the well-known features to be taken for granted. Source: Thespilian (YouTube).
Sources: Thomas Staedeli (Cyranos) and IMDb.