Directed by Giovanni Pastrone
Production company Itala Film
Initial release 9 November 1916
Story by Giovanni Verga
Adapted from Tigre reale
Written by Giovanni Verga
Running time 80 minutes
Director Giovanni Pastrone
Production company Itala
|Based on Tigre reale
by Giovanni Verga|
Release date November 9, 1916 (1916-11-09)
Cinematography Segundo de Chomón, Giovanni Tomatis
Similar The Fire, Diva Dolorosa, The Warrior, Cenere, Satan’s Rhapsody
Tigre reale (The royal tigress) is a 1916 silent film directed by Giovanni Pastrone under the name Piero Fosco, adapting the eponymous 1875 novel by Giovanni Verga.
Tigre reale giovanni pastrone 1916
Giorgio La Ferlita, Italian diplomat in Paris, falls in love during a reception with the Russian countess Natka, who is told to have led to death her former lover.
Once they have become lovers, she tells him about her past. She was unhappily married, and fell in love with another man named Dolski. When her husband discovered their affair, he had his rival confined in Siberia. Natka followed Dolski in Siberia, but when she finally found him, she discovered that he was with another woman. She ran away and refused to see him any more. Desperate, he committed suicide in front of her door.
After telling Ferlita her story, the countess dismisses him and disappears. After searching in vain during a few months, the diplomat decides to marry the rich Erminia. During his engagement party, he receives a letter from Natka, asking him to join her at a hotel. He leaves the party and comes to her room to find that she has taken a poison and is shaken by convulsions. A short-circuit sets the hotel on fire and her husband, mad with jealousy, locks them in the room. They manage to escape by jumping out of the window while her husband is killed in the fire.
The film was produced by Itala Film, the company created by Carlo Rossi and Giovanni Pastrone, alias Piero Fosco.