in about 100 words or less
Italy, 14m Silent, B&W/Tinted
Director: Unknown; Cast: Unknown
Il Piccolo Garibaldino is a short but sophisticated drama about a young boy who stows away aboard a ship of volunteer soldiers led by Giuseppe Garibaldi that traveled to Sicily in 1860 into a battle that would contribute toward Italy’s unification. Despite the static opening scene of actors milling about on a Victorian looking stage, the film quickly progresses to utilize outdoor on-location sets and replicates a large-scale and relatively realistic battle scene. As historical reenactment, Il Piccolo Garibaldino appears to be an early attempt to utilize early cinema as a tool of propaganda to help create a sense of national pride (Klaus Ming March 2015).