In this most recent work, Peter Delpeut aims to compose "the ultimate diva film." Using fragments from Italian movies of that genre made between 1914 and 1920, he presents divas such as Lyda Borelli, Pina Menichelli, and Francesca Bertini captivating audiences with their portrayals of the "hysteric," the "femme fatale" and the "femme fragile." The influence of the Black Romantic ideals of the late 1800s gave shape to the themes of these films, but it was the expressive acting of the divas that brought audiences to the theaters. 1999, The Netherlands, 75 minutes.
Peter Delpeut is a Dutch filmmaker who has made several highly acclaimed films and television programs in which he reworked archival footage, including Lyrical Nitrate; The Forbidden Quest; and Cinéma perdu. In 1998 he received the Golden Calf Award for Best Dutch Film of the Year for Felice . . . Felice.