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The Italian


A remarkably naturalistic and sophisticated film for its time, The Italian stars George Beban as a dirt-poor Italian farmer. He heads to America to "make good," armed with the knowledge that he will lose the girl of his dreams if he doesn't succeed within a year. Once in New York, Beban gets a job as a bootblack. With the additional funds paid him by an opportunistic politician (who hopes that immigrants will secure the "Wop vote" in his district), Beban is able to marry his fiancee. After the birth of...more