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Silent Divas: Assunta Spina with live score

Francesa Bertini, Gustavo Serena

Passion! Jealousy! Revenge! A Kind of Seeing presents one of Italian cinema’s greatest ‘silent divas’ on the big screen with live musical accompaniment performed by not-so-silent six-piece Italian folk band The Badwills.

"One of Italian cinema’s greatest ‘silent divas’ on the big screen..."

Assunta Spina tells the dramatic story of our eponymous heroine: a beautiful laundress in 1910s Napoli torn between men who can’t control her passions. The great Francesca Bertini stars as Assunta and has since been credited as the film’s co-director. Though Bertini was a powerful woman in the industry at the time, her films filled with strong female leads are now rarely seen.

This beautiful version was recently restored by Cineteca di Bologna with the original colour tinting. Complementing the film’s striking setting in busy Neapolitan streets, The Badwills’ brand new live score reflects the passion on-screen by drawing on folk music and songs of the era rooted deep in the band’s repertoire of traditional southern Italian dances such as the tarantella.

Silent Divas: Assunta Spina is touring Scotland uncovering the hidden histories of women and this event is part of the Dundee Women’s Festival. Accompanying the feature will be a selection of short films programmed by archive activists, Invisible Women (aka Camilla Baier and Rachel Pronger) who seek out and champion the work of female filmmakers who have been overlooked, un-credited or left out of the history of cinema.

Supported by PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund for Organisations and Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network and funded by BFI and Creative Scotland.