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