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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 recent film Diva Dolorosa (1999)

On the Web

Tigre Reale (1916)

on YouTube

The (somewhat inaccurate) Internet Movie Database filmography

Film clips of Bertini and Menichelli on Google Video (in Italian)

Notes on the film series Passion and Defiance: Silent Divas of the Italian Cinema from the New York Film Festival

Arts4All newsletter article on the Italian Divas film series

Unsung Divas

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Last revised September 28, 2011