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Cinema Ritrovato from afar: Bertini’s Assunta Spina (IT 1915)

July 4, 2015

Cracking analysis of Assunta Spina!

Silents, Please!

Are you at Il Cinema Ritrovato in Bologna right now? The festival features the new restoration of one of my true loves, Rapsodia Satanica; the Keaton project; several other diva films; Gaumont at 120; the Technicolor section; and so much more … Sadly, I am not there to enjoy these film treasures, so I’m living vicariously (and rather enviously) through everyone’s Facebook pictures.1

ICR posters 1Sigh.

One of the centrepieces of Il Cinema Ritrovato is Francesca Bertini and Gustavo Serena’s Assunta Spina (1915), the DVD release of which is being launched at the festival. I hadn’t expected Assunta Spina to get the 2015 Cineteca di Bologna release, given that the title has long been quite widely available, and that last year’s release was a Bertini film.2 Still, the more Bertini the better, obviously, and I’ll certainly be buying a copy! The time, therefore, is ripe to take a brief look at Assunta Spina

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