Cabiria (1914) - Rotten Tomatoes

Cabiria (1914)




Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Cabiria Photos

Movie Info

The ancient conflict between Rome and Carthage is the war-torn background for this story of an innocent young woman's capture by pirates. Unprecedented spectacle and running time (three hours) mark this Italian epic, which influenced D.W. Griffith in his making of The Birth of a Nation (1915) and Intolerance (1916).
Art House & International , Classics , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
Itala Film

Watch it now


Alex Bernard
as Massinissa
Lidia Quaranta
as Cabiria
Almirante Manzini
as Sophonisba
Edoardo Davesnes
as Hasdrubal
Enrico Gemelli
as Archimedes
Antonio Branioni
as Bodasforet
Show More Cast

Critic Reviews for Cabiria

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

Both one of the most influential films ever made and one of the most rarely shown.

Full Review… | March 27, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

In its particular way, Cabiria is beautiful and enthralling.

Full Review… | July 12, 2006
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The mechanical effects are thrilling and excellent, and the photo drama is one of the most effective ever shown here.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Giovanni Pastrone's 1914 film is one of several early Italian epics that significantly influenced the form and flow of the feature film, then in its developmental infancy.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The international success of this Italian spectacle, the longest and most expensive motion picture made up to that date, allowed DW Griffith to gain support for his large-scale projects.

Full Review… | August 12, 2014
Radio Times

. The exotic drama, suspense, and daring stunts on display in Pastrone's film of "12,000 shots" is every bit, if not more effective, than that of modern filmmakers whose use of green-screen CGI is frequently used more as a crutch than a meaningful storyte

Full Review… | October 18, 2008

Audience Reviews for Cabiria

I find it tragic, enthralling, and mysterious that one of the most innovative films in the history of cinema is also one of the least known. In many ways, it was so far ahead of it's time, and so evolved in terms of the grand vision the film possessed. Simply put, every Epic film in the pantheon of cinematic history owes something to Cabiria. An appropriate and well-deserved nickname for this film would have to be the Godfather of Epics.

Kal X. Attenborough
Kal X. Attenborough

Super Reviewer


Cabiria is a flawed movie. It has interesting stories, but those stories are weakly connected and that episodic nature just feels wrong. Also the characters are weak and it is not emotional at all, but it is a breathtaking film visually with terrific costumes, excellent set design, great direction and fantastic cinematography. It is a movie undone by its ambition and flat characters, but it is still a powerful and very artistic movie and especially for its extraordinarily old age.

David Lazovic
David Lazovic

After the eruption of Mt. Etna, survivors/looters finds themselves lucky to find an abandoned boat after their escape. And then unlucky, once Phoenician Pirates return and kill most of them. Croessa(Gina Marangoni) and Cabiria(Carolina Catena) are taken to Carthage where Cabiria is set to be sacrificed to their gods. Croessa goes off in search of Axilla(Umberto Mozzato) and his slave Maciste(Bartolomeo Pagano), who she recognizes as being Romans living undercover there, in order to get their help. Meanwhile, Hannibal(Emilio Vardannes) is off on a skiing vacation in the Alps. "Cabiria" is a suitably epic movie done on a grand scale. Like many other early silent movies, the pace if very fast. So much so, that the movie tries to squeeze the entire Punic Wars into a two hour running time.(By comparison, I was going to bring up "Game of Thrones" but in this case I almost think it could sort of work, especially if you cut out all the scenes in brothels.) A bigger problem lies in the film's lack of focus, as not only does it forget the title character for long stretches, but so to do the other characters who are supposedly looking for her.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

Cabiria Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss Cabiria on our Movie forum!

News & Features