Table of contents for Diva : defiance and passion in early Italian cinema / by Angela Dalle Vacche ; foreword by Guy Maddin.

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Acknowledgments: The Geography of a Book Foreword by Guy Maddin Introduction: Mater Dolorosa Theory and Technology Chapter 1. The Shape of Time: Élan Vital and Memento Mori Chapter 2. Laocoon's Filmstrip: Classicism, Marxism, Vitalism Chapter 3. Orientalism: Ballets Russes, Occultism, Canudo Chapter 4. Wings of Desire: Aviation, Fashion, Circus Stunts History and Analysis Chapter 5. Acting: Prostitution, Vertigo, Close-up Chapter 6. Modern Woman: Minor Stars and the Short Film Chapter 7. Tropes: Obsessions and Traumas of a Genre Chapter 8. Nino Oxilia: Blue Blood and Satanic Rhapsody Conclusion: Beyond the Femme Fatale Portraits: Biographical Profiles of Actresses Time Line: Cultural Events and the Diva Film Archival Locations and Filmography Notes Bibliography Index

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Women in motion pictures.
Motion pictures -- Italy.