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Pina Menichelli


Pina Menichelli was the most bizarre and perverse of the Italian divas. She is a striking presence in her handful of films. With her contorted postures and disdainful expression, she would have been typed as a vamp by Hollywood, but in Italy she seems to be more dangerous to herself than to any potential victim. La Tigre Reale (1916) is a weird melodrama, full of unlikely twists and turns, but one is held, mesmerized, by the fascinating and enigmatic Menichelli. She was also one of the divas featured in Peter Delpeut's film Diva Dolorosa (1999)

On the Web

Tigre Reale (1916)

on YouTube


Il Fuoco (1916)

on YouTube


Una tragedia al cinematografo (1913)

on YouTube


Il padrone delle ferriere (1919)

on Vimeo


La Moglie di Claudio (1918)

on vimeo




Internet Movie Database filmography




Unsung Divas

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Last revised Decembr 25, 2019