La falena (film)

La falena is a 1916 silent Italian drama film directed by Carmine Gallone.[1] The film is considered to be lost, with only a fragment surviving in the film archive of the Cineteca Italiana.[2]

La falena
Directed byCarmine Gallone
Written byHenry Bataille (play Le Phalène)
Carmine Gallone
StarringLyda Borelli
CinematographyDomenico Grimaldi
Release date
  • March 1916 (1916-03)


Thea (Borelli) is sculptor who is diagnosed with phthisis before she marries Filippo (Habay). After abandoning him, her health begins to decline. She organises a final party, inviting along her estranged husband. He fails to show, as he's now married to another woman. Thea appears naked in front of her guests, before she kills herself.


  • Lyda Borelli as Thea di Marlievo
  • Andrea Habay as Filippo
  • Francesco Cacace as Lignères
  • Giulia Cassini-Rizzotto as Principessa Maria
  • Nella Montagna as La madre di Thea
  • Lina Dax as Allegra
  • Alfonso Cassini as Il maestro di Thea


  1. "Early Diva Behaviour: La Falena (1916) and Malombra (1917)". Irenebrination. Retrieved 26 February 2011.
  2. "La Falena". Silent Era. Retrieved 26 February 2011.
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