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Diva: Defiance and Passion in Early Italian Cinema [With DVD]

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As scientific discoveries and technological advances radically modernized Europe around the turn of the twentieth century, artists of all types began questioning what it means to be human in an increasingly mechanistic world. Animated by a luminous goddess at its center, the diva film provided a forum for denouncing social evils and exploring new models of behavior among ...more
Paperback, 310 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by University of Texas Press
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Scott
Jul 05, 2011 Scott rated it liked it
A welcome and interesting read for someone who doesn't frequently tackle non-fiction, or anyone wanting to revive their interest in Italian history, culture and language. Angela Dalle Vacche has clearly put a tremendous amount of energy into researching the historical contexts and philosophical writings that contributed to the figure of the "diva" in early 20th century Italian film.

However, Dalle Vacche forgot to do her homework in the fields of study of feminist and gender theory, even though
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Mar 31, 2011 Greta rated it liked it
Explores the phenomenon of the Italian Diva film (at its height between 1914 and 1920), placing it in the context of philosophical and social movements in a deeply repressive and misogynistic society. It's not an easy read--the author's rhetorical flights can be puzzling, but in describing the films in more of a metaphorical than concrete manner helps impart some of the flavor of these crazy and wonderful films. And it gets easier to read as i goes along. As a bonus, the book contains a DVD of ...more
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