in about 100 words or less
Italy 45m, B&W/tinted, Silent
Director: Nino Oxilia; Cast: Lyda Borelli, Andrea Habay, Ugo Bazzini, Giovanni Cini
Rapsodia Satánica is a Faustian tale of Alba d’ Oltrevita, an old woman who strikes a deal with Satan for eternal youth, so long as she never loves again. Initially overjoyed to regain her youth, Alba finds that her promise may be impossible to keep. A beautiful silent melodrama, with impressive cinematography, the vampish Lyda Borelli’s on-screen transformation, with acting alone, is particularly convincing in this highly theatrical melancholic love story (Klaus Ming October 2016).
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