18: Panne d’Auto / Woman’s Logic. 1912
Artist: ANONYMOUS Size: 54 1/2 x 77 1/1 in./138.6 x 196 cm Castiglione, Milano A film poster filled with tension and drama. Directed by then-newcomer Baldassarre Negroni, Panne d’Auto is a silent Italian short film starring Alberto Collo, Francesca Bertini, and Emilio Ghione. These three often teamed up with Negroni in an array of films throughout the 1910s, with Ghione typically playing the ‘bad guy,’ Bertini the female love interest, and Collo the protagonist and hero. In this particular story, a young woman named Kitty is torn between choosing Pietro, a young officer, and Alberto, a handsome engineer. Attempting to impress her with his bravery, Pietro signs up for a daredevil automobile race against Alberto; however, at the last minute Alberto pretends that his car breaks down, allowing him to take Kitty for a picnic while Pietro competes. Here, Kitty is just figuring out that Alberto has lied to her about his car, and turns down his subsequent proposal.