Ernesto Maria Pasquali

T. alt.: Anime solitarie. T. copia: Au delà de la vie au delà de la mort. Sog.: Alberto Capozzi. Int.: Diana Karenne (Diana Fauro), Alberto Capozzi (Alberto Sperelli). Prod.: Pasquali & C.. 35mm. L.: 137 m. D.: 7’ a 18 f/s (frammento, l. orig.: 1618 m). Bn.

T. it.: Italian title. T. int.: International title. T. alt.: Alternative title. Sog.: Story. Scen.: Screenplay. F.: Cinematography. M.: Editing. Scgf.: Set Design. Mus.: Music. Int.: Cast. Prod.: Production Company. L.: Length. D.: Running Time. f/s: Frames per second. Bn.: Black e White. Col.: Color. Da: Print source

Film Notes

Only a brief fragment survives from the beginning of this film, which we assume to be a moving romantic melodrama: Diana Karenne plays the piano surrounded by a group of admirers in evening dress. She is a beautiful and slightly spoiled heiress, the kind of woman for whom Italian silent cinema reserved unfortunate turns of fate in order to elevate her to the status of tragic heroine. Diana is no exception: she must suffer through her father’s suicide, financial ruin and a tormented love for Alberto Capozzi, the male lead of whom there remains no trace. The model is, obviously, Ma l’amor mio non muore! (1913) but Karenne, who had only recently made her screen debut, does not seem intimidated by Borelli’s shadow. Even the few minutes remaining make clear that she proposes her own reinterpretation of the genre’s themes and motifs: from astonished grief over her father’s death to desperate wanderings through dark and impoverished alley- ways. It is an expressive palette around which Pasquali weaves his discreet direction, paying particular attention to lighting effects.

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