Zeitgeist Films | Diva Dolorosa
Peter Delpeut
Film Info
1999
70 mins
Tinted B&W
Netherlands
Silent with English intertitles
DVD
Rating: Not Rated
Synopsis

In this mesmerizing collage of silent Italian melodrama, found-footage filmmaker Peter Delpeut (Lyrical Nitrate) affectionately captures the spirit of the World War One-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 in sexual passion 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. Zeitgeist Films is proud to present Delpeut’s stunningly experimental work in all its heaving bosomed, luridly tinted glory.

DIVA DOLOROSA is now available on DVD from our web store. The DVD will also be released with Angela Dalle Vache’s new book Diva: Defiance and Passion in Early Italian Cinema by University of Texas Press. The book also includes a forward by Guy Maddin.