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Diva Dolorosa
Diva Dolorosa
Peter Delpeut
100 min

Diva Dolorosa (The Sorrowful Diva) is a lyrical and evocative found footage montage film made up of fragments of films from the Desmet collection at the Filmmuseum in Amsterdam. Director Peter Delpeut (former deputy director of the Filmmuseum) is a writer of great rhetorical subtlety and complexity, but here he develops relationships almost entirely through juxtapositions of visual fragments and an original score composed by Loek Dikker. Each fragment takes on new layers of meaning in this context, and each section builds upon the last. Delpeut's film is a testament to the haunting power of silent film and to cinema's capacity for renewal and reinvention. Subtitles available.