~Romola~
1925
~Lillian Gish~
~Plot Synopsis~
Filmed on location in Italy, where director Henry King ruled over a huge set that covered 17 acres,
Romola stars Lillian Gish in the title role. The daughter of a 15th-century Florentine aesthete,
Romola becomes the bride of the caddish Tito Melema (William Powell). Using all the underhanded
resources at his disposal, Melema finagles his way into the position of Chief Magistrate, taking every
opportunity to abuse his powers. One of his most heinous acts is his betrayal of country girl Tessa
(Dorothy Gish), who ends up drowning herself. Melema himself is consigned to a watery grave when
the people revolt against his persecutions. This leaves Romola (who despite her title-character
status has virtually nothing to do in the film other than stand around and look beautiful) free to
marry artist Carlos Buccelini (Ronald Colman), who has loved her all along. The most spectacular
setpiece in the film is Henry King's meticulous reconstruction of the execution of Savonarola
(Herbert Grimwood). Romola was based on the novel by George Eliot.

Plot Synopsis by Hal Erickson, AllMovie.com
Directed by: Henry King

Written by:
Will M. Ritchey - writer
Jules Furthman - titles  
Don Bartlett - titles

Based on the novel  Romola  by George Eliot (London, 1862).
~Cast~

Lillian Gish ...  Romola
Dorothy Gish ...  Tessa
William Powell ...  Tito Melema
Ronald Colman ...  Carlo Bucellini
Charles Lane ...  Baldassar Calvo
Herbert Grimwood ...  Savonarola
Bonaventura Ibáñez ...  Bardo Bardi
Frank Puglia ...  Adolfo Spini
Amelia Summerville ...  Brigida
Tina Ceccaci Renaldi ...  Monna Ghita
Eduilio Mucci ...  Nello
Angela Scatigna ...  Bratti
Ugo Uccellini ...  Bishop of Nemours
Alfredo Martinelli ...  Captain of the Barque
Attilo Deodati ...  Tomaso
Gastone Barnardi ...  Council of Eight member (uncredited)
Alfredo Bertone ...  Piero de Medici (uncredited)
Pietro Betti ...  Fra Sylvestro (uncredited)
Gino Borsi ...  Captain of the Barque (uncredited)
Toto Lo Bue ...  Fra Benaducci (uncredited)
Ferdinando Chianese ...  Archbishop (uncredited)
Francesco Ciancamerla ...  Council of Eight member (uncredited)
Baron Alfredo Del Judici ...  Council of Eight member (uncredited)
Carlo Duse ...  Bargello (uncredited)
Alfredo Fossi ...  Pirate Gallery Master (uncredited)
Marchese Fabrizio Gonzaga ...  Banquet Guest (uncredited)
Marchese Imperiale ...  Banquet Guest (uncredited)
Baron Serge Kopfe ...  Council of Eight member (uncredited)
Enrico Monti ...  Council of Eight member (uncredited)
Pietro Nistri ...  Pirate Captain (uncredited)
Princess Bianca Raffaello ...  Banquet Guest (uncredited)
Thelma Raye ...  Bit Part (uncredited)
Rinaldo Rinaldi ...  Council of Eight member (uncredited)
Princess Isabella Romanoff ...  Banquet Guest (uncredited)
Giovanni Salvini ...  Council of Eight member (uncredited)
Prince Alexander Talone ...  Banquet Guest (uncredited)
Countess Tamburini ...  Banquet Guest (uncredited)
Countess Tolombi ...  Banquet Guest (uncredited)
Baron Giuseppe Winspere ...  Council of Eight member (uncredited)
Giuseppe Zocchi ...  Executioner (uncredited)
~Remaining Credits~

Production Company: Inspiration Pictures

Distribution Company: Metro-Goldwyn Pictures Corporation

Produced by: Henry King
Cinematography by: Roy F. Overbaugh & William Schurr
Film Editing by: W. Duncan Mansfield    
Art Direction by: Robert M. Haas
Assistant Director: Joseph C. Boyle
Technical Advisor: Dr. Guido Biagi
Laboratory Work: Gustav Dietz
Ship Builder: Tito Neri

Length: 12 Reels
Runtime: 91 Minutes
Released: October 5, 1925
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