Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Born Today April 5: Paolo Ferrari


Nineteenth century Italian writer Paolo Ferrari (not to be confused with the actor of same name) was born on this day in Modena, Italy (then an independent Duchy).  Though he did write the occasional novel, mostly wrote plays in the comedic vein).  His work showed influence by another Italian dramatist, Carlo Goldoni.  During his lifetime he served as a professor of history first in his home town and later in Milan.  Only a handful of films have been produced using his work, with all but one coming out in the silent era; and all of them produced in his native Italy.  The first of these was a short from the year 1914 and is based on one of his rare novels:  A Wife's Devotion was released in February of that year.  Between 1914 and 1916, three more films were made based on his plays.  The only film made in the modern sound era came in 1942 with Le vie del cuore, a 1 hour and 23 minute long mono production, and was also based one of his plays.  Ferrari died on the 9th of March in Milan at the age of 66.  There is currently no information about his burial place. 

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