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Cinema, History & Politics, Music

Ma l’amor mio non muore! (1913)

Drama Queens: When Melodrama Meets Film

March 13, 2024
6:30 pm

Part of the Festival
Drama Queens: When Melodrama Meets Film
March 8-15, 2024
NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò (24 West 12th Street)

Presented by
NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò
NYU Department of Italian Studies

In collaboration with
Cineteca di Bologna

Program curated by
Mila Tenaglia

A festival of rare and restored films from the Cineteca of Bologna featuring Francesca Bertini and Lyda Borelli. If you think early cinema was silent and in black and white, think again! Many of these films were hand-tinted frame by frame, and had original scores by some of the major composers of the time, such as Mascagni and Pizzetti.

Ma l’amor mio non muore!
(Italy, 1913, 80 min., silent)

Directed by
Mario Caserini

Lyda Borelli

Live piano accompaniment by
Levi Pugh

Set in the Grand Duchy of Wallenstein, it is the story of Elsa Holbein, the young beautiful daughter of General Julius. After a spy steals military documents, Julius is accused of betrayal and he kills himself. Elsa is forced to leave, wandering the streets until she begins a performing career.

Followed by a commentary by
Jane Gaines, founder of Women Film Pioneers Project
in conversation with
Eugenio Refini, NYU


Jane Gaines is the founder of Women Film Pioneers Project and professor in the Film Program, School of the Arts at Columbia University and the award-winning author of two books: Contested Culture: The Image, the Voice and the Law and Fire and Desire: Mixed Race Movies in the Silent Era. She received an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scholarly Award for her forthcoming book on early cinema, Fictioning Histories: Women Film Pioneers and is working on The Documentary Destiny of Cinema. She has published articles on intellectual property, documentary theory, feminism and film, early cinema, fashion and film, and critical race theory in Cinema Journal, Screen, Cultural Studies, Framework, Camera Obscura, and Women and Performance. She received her Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Northwestern University.

Special thanks for making this program possible:
Guy Borlée (Il Cinema Ritrovato), Andrea Meneghelli (Cineteca di Bologna),RIPLEY’S FILM, L’Immagine Ritrovata Laboratory, VIGGO, Eye Filmmuseum

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