Description:This film is also known by the title "L’ipocrita smascherato". In
respect to other FAI films, it contains quite an innovative scene, in which the loan shark is on
a train, looking out the window, made with a sort of “track after” shot. The camera was fixed on
the outside of the train, and when the train started going, the camera filmed the moving
landscape. Much of the footage was shot in exteriors. There are numerous views of Rome, including
one of Castel Sant’Angelo, while several scenes are set on the beach, probably on the coast of
Lazio. The film was hailed by critics. “An exciting film: there are some beautiful scenes. The
actors deserve heartfelt congratulations and praise.” (Lazzaro, “La Cine-Fono”, Naples, 4/4/1914)
An offhand note: in the version distributed in Great Britain, the character played by Ettore
Berti was called Giacomo Riva instead of Giacomo Arnaldi. Catalogue Il Cinema Ritrovato 2002.
Film restored in collaboration with Cinémathèque Française.