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Diva : defiance and passion in early Italian cinema

Author: Angela Dalle Vacche
Publisher: Austin : University of Texas Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication   Visual material : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Animated by a luminous goddess at its center, the diva film provided a forum for denouncing social evils and exploring new models of behavior among the sexes ... Dalle Vacche offers the first authoritative study of this important film genre of the cinema that preceded the First World War ... Contrasting the Italian diva with the Hollywood vamp Theda Bara and the famous Danish star Asta Nielsen, Dalle Vacche shows  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Historical films
Film excerpts
Feature films
Documentary films
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Dalle Vacche, Angela, 1954-
Diva.
Austin, TX : University of Texas Press, ©2008
(OCoLC)655573252
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Angela Dalle Vacche
ISBN: 9780292716612 0292716613 9780292717114 0292717113
OCLC Number: 168722633
Awards: Winner of A Choice Outstanding Academic Book (United States).
Description: xviii, 310 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm + 1 videodisc (DVD : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.)
Contents: Silent divas of Italian cinema / Guy Maddin --
The geography of a book --
Cultural events and the diva film --
Mater Dolorosa --
Theory and technology --
The shape of time: Élan Vital and Memento Mori --
Laocoön's filmstrips: classicism, Marxism, Vitalism --
Orientalism: Ballets Russes, occultism, Canudo --
Wings of desire: aviation, fashion, circus stunts --
History and analysis --
Acting: prostitution, vertigo, close-up --
Modern women: minor stars and the short film --
Tropes: obsessions and traumas of a genre --
Nino Oxilia: blue blood and satanic rhapsody --
Beyond the femme fatale --
Biographical profiles of actresses.
Responsibility: by Angela Dalle Vacche ; foreword by Guy Maddin.
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