Sunday, July 7, 2013

Ma l'amor mio non muore! (Love Everlasting, 1913)

Director: Mario Caserini
Starring: Lyda Borelli, Mario Bonnard, Giampaolo Rosmino
Label:  Cineteca di Bologna (2013)
Format: DVD / PAL / Region 2
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1 b/w
Subtitles: Italian, English

* Tinted fragment (9 minutes)
* Photogalleries
* 24 page bilingual booklet

Available from and Cineteca di Bologna.

What's the film about?
Beautifully shot and acted, this melodrama is one of the most outstanding examples of the so-called "Diva film", a hugely popular genre in Italian early cinema. These films were meant as vehicle for their leading female star (in this case, the measured, stylized Lyda Borelli), but here you also have an added value consisting in Mario Caserini's fine mise-en-scène, where each shot becomes an art déco piece. The DVD features a superior restoration, and you also have two differents soundtracks: a new 2013 orchestral score and a compilation from 1913-1961 opera recordings.

...if you want to discover Italian cinema from one hundred years ago.


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