The Eternal City (1915 film)

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The Eternal City
Directed by Edwin S. Porter
Hugh Ford
Based on The Eternal City
by Hall Caine
Starring Pauline Frederick
Distributed by Select Film Booking Agency
Release date
April 12, 1915
December 15, 1918 (US re-release)
Running time
80 mins.
Country United States
Language Silent
English intertitles

The Eternal City was a 1915 American silent drama film directed by Hugh Ford and Edwin S. Porter, produced by Adolph Zukor and based upon the novel and play of the same name by Hall Caine. The film was released through Paramount Pictures for the Famous Players Film Company, and is based on the 1902 Broadway play that starred Viola Allen and Frederic De Belleville.[1] The film is now considered lost.[2]

The movie, which starred Pauline Frederick in her debut film role,[3] was remade as in 1923, directed by George Fitzmaurice and starring Barbara La Marr, Bert Lytell, and Lionel Barrymore.[4]


  • Pauline Frederick - Donna Roma
  • Thomas Holding - David Rossi
  • Kittens Reichert - Little Roma
  • Arthur Oppenheim - Little David
  • George Stillwell - Leone
  • Della Bella - Leone's wife
  • Frank Losee - Baron Bonelli
  • Fuller Mellish - Pope Piux XI
  • J. Jiquel Lanoe - Charles Minghelli
  • George Majeroni -Dr. Roselli
  • John Clulow - Bruno Rocco
  • Amelia Rose - Elena Rocco
  • Freddie Verdi - Joseph Rocco
  • Lottie Alter - Princess Bellini
  • Lawrence Grant - English ambassador

Production notes[edit]

The film was shot on location in London and at the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, and the Vatican gardens in Rome, Italy. Production was interrupted by World War I, and the remainder of the film was shot in New York City.[1][5]


  1. ^ a b National Courier, Volume 5, Issue 20. T. Lowe. 1915. p. 21. 
  2. ^ Greta de Groat. "Pauline Frederick: The Eternal City (1915)". 
  3. ^ Elwood, Muriel (1940). Pauline Frederick: On and Off The Stage. A. Kroch. p. 60. 
  4. ^ "The Eternal City". Retrieved May 8, 2013. 
  5. ^ Musser, Charles (1991). Before the Nickelodeon: Edwin S. Porter and the Edison Manufacturing Company. University of California Press. p. 470. ISBN 0-520-06986-2. 

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