Production info

La Rosa di Tebe
Italy, 1912

Francesca Bertini, Amletto Novelli, Ignazio Lupi
Directed by Enrico Guazzoni


King Ramsete hears talk about the beauty of Selime, called 'The Theban Rose'. Curious, he goes to have a look at her in disguise. He comes under her spell and, making sure she is kidnapped and taken to his palace, falls desperately in his love with her. Swears and prayers leave Selime's heart untouched though. She loves Efraim, the shepherd, who, raging with jealousy, tries to kill the king but ends up in prison. Now Efraim's fate is in Selime's hands. If she yields to Ramsete, Efraim will be free. But she refuses, despising the king, who looses every hope of love. Thus he orders that the shepherd is to pick his 'Theban Rose' and that the wedding festivities are to take place with great solemnity. When the married couple are invited to the palace, Selime is handed a jewel box, the wedding present from the king. When Efraim opens it he finds in it a dagger covered in blood. It is the weapon with which Ramsete had stabbed himself in the heart.

Silent production by Cines.

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