Assunta Spina (1914)/The Last Diva (1982)
First, in a fascinating mix of operatic drama and early Italian neorealism, star/co-director Francesca Bertini plays a woman in early 20th-century Naples who agrees to become the mistress of a powerful nobleman so she can visit the man she truly loves in prison. When her lover is freed, his discovery of her "betrayal" leads to tragedy. With Gustavo Serena, Carlo Benetti. Then, watch a lovingly rendered study of the life and career of Bertini, who became one of Italy's most-admired silent film stars, retired after marrying into nobility, then returned to the screen in 1977 in Bertolucci's "1900." Includes interviews with Sergio Leone and other filmmakers. 147 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: Italian; Subtitles: English. Silent with music score.
- Black & White
- DVD Double Feat
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