The Cinema Museum, London

A Santanotte (1922) on Thursday 16 June at 6.30pm at Ciné Lumière

June 2022 · News

A SantanotteAs part of their The Wave: Italian Women Filmmakers season, Ciné Lumière are presenting A Santanotte (1922), directed by Elvira Notari, starring Eduardo Notari, Rosè Angione, Antonio Palmieri and with live piano accompaniment by John Sweeney.

Based on a popular Neapolitan song, A Santanotte is one of the few films directed by Elvira Notari that can be seen today. The story follows Nanninella, a young girl who supports her abusive father with the money she makes waitressing. Forced into marrying a man she does not love, Nanninella is destined to a tragic end in the finest tradition of Neapolitan melodramas. First released in 1922, the film is remarkable for focusing its narrative on the life of a working-class woman and criticizing the violence she faces in a patriarchal culture.

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