Comments on Welcome to the Nita Naldi Homepage 2012-07-02T02:43:02Z WordPress By: vicki callahan vicki callahan 2012-07-02T02:43:02Z 2012-07-02T02:43:02Z Big congrats on an amazing site, very beautifully done with great resources.
I will put a mention on a couple of sites I have.

By: nita nita 2012-01-31T05:31:14Z 2012-01-31T05:31:14Z Anna Maria, thank you for contacting us! What was your grandmother’s name and history? Nita only had one surviving sibling, but your grandmother might have been a cousin, or related to Maria Rosa Naldi.

By: Anna Maria Mendieta Anna Maria Mendieta 2012-01-30T18:42:16Z 2012-01-30T18:42:16Z Hi!
I am so happy to come across this!! You’ve done a wonderful job!
My grandmother used to talk about her a lot. It seems that she was related to Nita somehow and I’d like to really find out how. My grandmother passed away along time ago, but I remember well how she used to talk about her and said that we were related.

I also love the silent era too and I live in San Francisco. Can I ask if we can talk or correspond by email so I can put the puzzle pieces together?

Thank you!!
Anna Maria Mendieta

By: nita nita 2012-01-06T17:43:46Z 2012-01-06T17:43:46Z Samuele:

We apologize for taking so long to respond to your kind e-mails–the holidays intervened and I haven’t checked Nita’s site for a while. Thank you so much for contacting us. We were aware of some of Die Pratermizzi information (please see the filmography section for more info on the film) but we always appreciate people who pass along information, and we love hearing from Nita’s fans!

Joan Myers
Donna Hill
Chris Connelly

By: Samuele Cavallaro Samuele Cavallaro 2011-12-26T09:40:31Z 2011-12-26T09:40:31Z I have some information about “Die Pratermizzi”, the last film of Nita Naldi.
It was shown in December 2009 in Rome during a Festival called “Tertio Millennio Film Fest” (“The 3rd Millenium Film Fest”) and organized by the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia – Cineteca Nazionale di Roma, (Italian Experimental Cinematographic Centre – National Film Library in Rome). n 2009 the festival had a section called “Vienna, the Austrian capital in 30 films”. “Die Pratermizzi” was presented for the very first time in Italy after its rediscovery (2005) with the title “Mizzi del Prater” (“Mizzi of the Prater”).
I found a short article in Italian about the film in the festival web site. I try to translate it completely:
“Plot: Marie/Mizzi (the actress Anny Ondra) is the cashier of a fair amusement/merry go round/ carousel; she loves a noble man called Christian Von B. (the actor Igo Sym). Their love story is opposed by a dancer called Valette (Nita Naldi). She always wears a golden mask on her face. Christian is seduced by the dancer and follows Valette in Paris, but he discovers her secret there: her face is disfigured by a terrible disease. When he comes back to Vienna, he is going to committ suicide when Marie/Mizzi rescues him.
It is a powerful and touching melodrama, rich in expressionistic reminiscences. “Die Pratermizzi” is a gem of the Austrian silent cinema. It was found only in 2005: a print in nitrate was found in France, in the Centre National de la Cinématographie. The value of the film is also in the presence of two cult-actresses, Anny Ondra, later muse of Hitchcock, and the American Nita Naldi, here in her last film.
Restored and completed with its missing parts by the Filmarchiv Austria (yet still incomplete), it is shown for the first time in Italy with Italian subtitles. Length of time: 55 minutes (20fps).”

So I think “Die Pratermizzi” is almost complete if a typical full-length silent film is about 70/75 minutes and they say it is in good conditions after the restoration. The article also explains that it was Naldi’s last film, because “La maschera d’oro” is only another title of “Die Pratermizzi”.

By: Samuele Cavallaro Samuele Cavallaro 2011-12-26T09:33:34Z 2011-12-26T09:33:34Z I’d like to give you some information about J. Searle Barclay. I have found him named in three different web sites:

Southampton Village Review

A blog about architecture and preservation in the village of Southampton, NY.

Monday, November 2, 2009
‘Sandhurst’ (aka 450 Gin Lane)
Sometime during the end of 1915 and the early part of 1916, the property was purchased by J. Searle Barclay. There are many Barclays and many of them are often mentioned in the society pages of the New York Times and the Southampton Press as various cottage renters from the summer of 1900 up to this point. They were a family of prominence “whose ancestors include the first rector of Trinity Church and founder of King’s College, now Columbia University; the first rector of St. Paul’s Church, Albany, the first British Consul to New York, and the first Governor of East New Jersey, ruling by virtue of letters patent from the King of England.”

History / Famous Guests…..A different type of resident was J. Searle Barclay, a champion rower from a monied, Social Register Family.

I have also found an article of The New York Times (8th March 1918) were J. Searle Barclay is named as a member of the “Turf and Field Racing Club” in New York.

By: Samuele Cavallaro Samuele Cavallaro 2011-12-26T09:28:50Z 2011-12-26T09:28:50Z I’m a Nita Naldi’s Italian fan. My name is Samuele Cavallaro, I’m 38, I live in Naples. I’m a teacher and my hobbies are watching old movies (I love silent films!) and … reading and writing about movie stars.

I’d like to give you some information about the last film of Naldi, “The Golden Mask”. IT DOESN’T EXIST because that film is only the Italian Version of “Die Pratermizzi”, the film Nita Naldi made in Austria. In “Die Pratermizzi” Nita wore a golden mask on her face in order to hide the signs of a terrible illness. Well, when the film arrived in Italy, it was called LA MASCHERA D’ORO (The Golden Mask), probably because producers thought that Italian audience would not be able to understand the Austrian title, even if it was translated into Italian (in English it would be “Mizzi of the Prater”: Mizzi is the German short form of “Marie” and Prater is the famous park in Vienna). Even in Spain the film was called la MASCARA DE ORO for the same reason!

I hope my information can be useful to you.

By: Christopher Christopher 2011-07-14T02:19:53Z 2011-07-14T02:19:53Z I stumbled on this site and am so glad I did. I just finished reading a Valentino biography in which Nita comes off very well. For years I knew her by sight, but now I am very curious about her life. Thanks so much for this site, it is very helpful!

By: Giovanni Giovanni 2011-03-07T16:10:47Z 2011-03-07T16:10:47Z What a wonderful website. As a person who loves the golden age of film as well as the silent era, more sites like this one are needed to allow people to learn about such wonders as Nita Naldi.

Keep up the great work.

By: Jim Carns Jim Carns 2011-02-19T12:00:57Z 2011-02-19T12:00:57Z WHOA – Nita stakes out her niche through your fine efforts. Why do I need to know this? I don’t know, but I do.