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11 November 2015

All'ombra di un trono (1921)

Polish diva Soava Gallone (1880-1957) starred in the Italian silent melodrama All'ombra di un trono/In the Shadow of a Throne (1921) directed by her husband Carmine Gallone for their own production company Films Gallone. Other actors were Umberto Casilini, Piero Schiavazzi and the child actor Marcella Sabbatini.

Soava Gallone in All'ombra di un trono
Italian postcard by G. B. Falci, Milano. Photo: publicity still for All'ombra di un trono/In the Shadow of a Throne (Carmine Gallone, 1921).

Soava Gallone in All'ombra d'un trono
Italian postcard by G. B. Falci, Milano, no. 94. Photo: publicity still for All'ombra di un trono/In the Shadow of a Throne (Carmine Gallone, 1921).

Soava Gallone in All'ombra di un trono
Italian postcard by G. B. Falci, Milano, no. 224. Photo: publicity still for All'ombra di un trono/In the Shadow of a Throne (Carmine Gallone, 1921).

Ruritania-like story


All'ombra di un trono/In the Shadow of a Throne aka L'Ombra di un trono (Carmine Gallone, 1921) was based on Fleur d'ombre, a French novel by Charles Folly.

When the legitimate heir to a throne has mysteriously killed himself, his brother (Piero Schiavazzi) becomes king. The iron law obliges the young and inexpert prince to abandon his affair with a bourgeois girl (Soava Gallone), with whom he is in love.

The renouncement of (but then revocation) of real love, the court intrigues, and a final duel are the ingredients of this Ruritania-like story.

All'ombra di un trono/In the Shadow of a Throne was released in Italy only in 1923. While press though it was outdated, audiences flocked to see it.

Soava Gallone in All'ombra di un trono
Italian postcard by G. B. Falci, Milano, no. 115. Photo: publicity still for All'ombra di un trono/In the Shadow of a Throne (Carmine Gallone, 1921).

Soava Gallone in All'ombra d'un trono
Italian postcard by G. B. Falci, Milano, no. 117. Photo: publicity still for All'ombra di un trono/In the Shadow of a Throne (Carmine Gallone, 1921).

Soava Gallone in All'ombra di un trono
Italian postcard by G. B. Falci, Milano, no. 172. Photo: publicity still for All'ombra di un trono/In the Shadow of a Throne (Carmine Gallone, 1921).

Sources: Vittorio Martinelli (Il cinema muto italiano 1921-1922 - Italian) and IMDb.

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