Vita negli abissi del mare, La [Gruppo di pesci; Gruppo di molluschi]
Director: Edoardo Bosio; Ferdinando Bietenholz – Director of photography: Edoardo Bosio; Ferdinando Bietenholz – Production: Società Anonima Ambrosio, Torino / Vesuvio Films, Napoli – Original lenght: I° Episodio: 127 m - II° Episodio: 163 m – Intertitles: Italian – Censorship certificate: 12237, 27/11/1916; 2661, 28/02/1914 –

The film:

"Under the waves, there is an unknown and wonderful world; the intense life of thousands of creatures, so fascinating to study, is in full swing.

Here, among the seaweeds, hundreds of shellfish with elegant shells, strange crustaceans, shoals of small silver fish dart and slither in all directions; a little further, a myriad of small crabs or annelids with pretty shapes hide in the sand; colonies of corals form a delicate embroidery among the rocks. And all these creatures live, love and die."

"It’s not simple to explore the life of the inhabitants of the sea. Fortunately, today the science holds some precious supporters that allow to divulge the knowledge of the curiosities and beauties of the nature. The scientist, with the help of the cinematography, is able to offer the vision of wonderful discoveries, that, otherwise, would be ignored by laymen…"


[From the orignal reviews on Italian silent cinema: «Il maggese cinematografico», a. II, n. 3, 10th February 1914, p. 21. and «La vita cinematografica», year V, n. 9, 7th March 1914, p. 13; Museo Nazionale del Cinema di Torino, Coll. / Online collections: Documents from Torino's era of silent films:]


The film restoration:

The preservation was carried out by the Museo Nazionale del Cinema di Torino, based on an tinted and toned nitrate print acquired from a private collector. From the nitrate print, a dupe negative and a positive color print were printed on safety film, using the Desmet method. The restoration was conducted at the Haghefilm laboratory in Amsterdam in 1998.


Gruppo di pesci (1916):


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Gruppo di molluschi (1914):


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