The Movie Actor (1932, 15’)

The Movie Actor (1932, 15')

This short film features Eduardo Migliaccio (stage name Farfariello), who was born in 1880 in Cava de’ Tirreni and emigrated to the United States with his family. A gifted quick-change artist and singer who was irreverent in his Neapolitan character sketches, he was the star of American stages and became a legend among Italian Americans. In 1932 he starred in The Movie Actor, which satirically portrayed the difficulties Italian American actors had in getting hired by New York impresarios. The singer-actor creates a series of characters: a woman, a gangster from Little Italy and a working-class man just arrived in New York. The film is significant not only for cinematic reasons but for its sociological qualities as well, in that it offers a cross-section of immigrants’ lives.

Funder: The Film Foundation

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