The Last Diva (Fazi publisher), an unpublished portrait of the silent film diva Francesca Bertini, signed by Flaminia Marinaro, will be presented on 2 September at the Hotel Excelsior in Venice as part of the Film Festival. The readings by Carolina Zaccarini will talk with the author Maite Bulgari and Piero Maccarinelli, Guido Barlozzetti. “Francesca Bertini was one of those myths, now almost forgotten by the general public. Her viewers are no longer there – said the author – This book, retracing her life with the intensity and brevity of a silent film, aims to introduce a star who changed the history of cinema in the early twentieth century. An artist, a woman in her own way modern and revolutionary, strong and strong-willed. From childhood to theater, from the first films to friendship with Salvatore Di Giacomo – recalled Flaminia Marinaro – to his loves and his extravagances. To excite today’s readers with a story from yesterday “. Her encounters with Salvatore Di Giacomo, Guglielmo Marconi, Colette, Eduardo Scarpetta The book is her story of her life, the adolescent years in Naples, Eduardo Scarpetta, the stage, cinema, love, war . The great meetings, such as those with Salvatore Di Giacomo, Guglielmo Marconi, Colette. “The narration starts in 1907 when Francesca, still Elena Saracini, in Naples with her parents, meets Maria Scarpetta, daughter of the great Eduardo – the author still recalled – It is her turning point and her life is destined to change “. Each chapter, introduced by a historical curiosity, indicates precise moments in the life of the protagonist who is projected from the theater towards the new art of cinema. The meetings with the producers, the rivalries with the other actresses, the overwhelming loves and the devastating passions of her up to the meeting with the one who will become her husband and who will also mark her retirement from the scene. Diva of silent cinema, Francesca Bertini (the term was born with her), but also an incandescent star that the big screen brought to the pinnacle of fame, and then inexorably plunged, with the sound, into oblivion. , the author had access to unpublished sources and testimonies “There is no shortage of family pictures – continued Flaminia Marinaro – the presence of her mother and then that of Rosina, the trusted housekeeper, fundamental in her life and in the narration. ‘Giolitti Italy of the Belle Epoque, the brilliant and painful atmospheres of a period full of ideals. Many themes are addressed through his psychology, jealousy, competition, split motherhood, betrayal, loneliness “. The historical part and that filmography are the result of precise research, also based on personal stories and memories (the great diva was a family friend of the author and Flaminia Marinaro had the opportunity to access unpublished and unknown materials, but above all to meet and interview personalities from the entertainment world, and not only, who have known and frequented her), the novel takes over, however, in the reconstruction of everyday life. From Naples to Rome, Paris, Venice, Madrid, with the backdrop of an ever-changing era, the Belle Epoque, the Great War, up to the present day. The personal growth of a woman who changed the history of cinema.
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