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Diva Dolorosa
(Diva Dolorosa)
Die Niederlande
Dokumention/Experimental Film

At the end of the nineteenth century, many artists were guided by the ideals of Black Romanticism. In the process, Beauty always coincided with Grief. Pleasure did not exist without Pain. Illness and Sensuality were paradoxical partners, and Love had made a firm pact with Death. This desire to reconcile the seemingly irreconcilable was characteristic of the decadent outlook on life in the fin de siècle. Between 1913 and 1920, a number of films was produced in Italy that were strongly influenced by the black-Romantic ideals of the in de siècle. In many cases, the leading part was played by popular movie stars like Lyda Borelli, Pina Menichelli and Francesca Bertini. They were the first divas of the silver screen. In a matchless style, the Italian film diva reshaped the concept of the sexually liberated woman that had been so popular in the decadent arts of the previous century. But her ode to unconditional passion could not go unpunished before the eyes of the cinema audience. A calvary of loss, guilt and self-torment was her inevitable fate in these stories. She played the dolorous diva, the diva dolorosa.

Director Peter Delpeut previously made several highly acclaimed films and television programs in which he reworked archival filmfootage (Lyrical Nitrate; The Forbidden Quest; Cinéma perdu). In DIVA DOLOROSA his aim is to compose with fragments from Italian diva films from the teens (preserved in tis original colours by Cineteca del Comune di Bologna, Museo Nazionale del Cinema Torino and Filmmuseum Amsterdam) 'the ultimate diva film'. The result is a work of hysterical beauty, a dramatic insight in the desires and passions of its feamle protagonists.

Composer Loek Dikker wrote a lyrical, romantic symphonic score for DIVA DOLOROSA, which was performed live by the Radio Symfonie Orkest at its premiére in the Holland Festival (June 1999).


Loek Dikker

  großes Orchester (ab 46 Musiker)    
Dauer in min.
73 min.