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Diva Dolorosa1999

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  • 2.9
In this mesmerizing collage of silent Italian melodrama, found-footage filmmaker Peter Delpeut affectionately captures the spirit of the World War I-era cinema diva. In all-but-lost gems such as LA DONNA NUDA (1914) and TIGRE REALE (1916), superstars such as Lyda Borelli and Pina Menichelli portrayed heroines teetering dangerously between defiant indulgence and hysterical remorse at their own cruelties. Delpeut's inventive celebration of Black Romanticism is both striking and heartbreaking in its composition, a beautifully woven narrative of tempted fate and self-torment, elegantly guided by Loek Dikker's original score.

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Like a lovingly curated vintage shop, the treasures from over a dozen films are presented with care and flair. It makes one crave, too, the "thrift shop" experience of finding the originals intact and complete.

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Like a lovingly curated vintage shop, the treasures from over a dozen films are presented with care and flair. It makes one crave, too, the "thrift shop" experience of finding the originals intact and complete.

1 member likes this review