Thaïs (Italian film)
A Scene from the Movie
|Directed by||Anton Giulio Bragaglia|
|Written by||Riccardo Cassanoi|
|Starring||Thaïs Galitzky: Vera Preobrajenska|
Thaïs, also known as Perfido incanto is a 1917 silent film directed by Anton Giulio Bragaglia. The movie is the only surviving Italian futurist film and currently kept at the Cinémathèque Française. It is not based on the novel of the same name by Anatole France.
The plot is fairly conventional and refers to the love stories of turbid "diva-film" typical of the period.
The beautiful Slavic countess Vera Preobrajenska (played by Thaïs Galitzy) is a seductress of married men, who drags them to the brink of ruin. When Thaïs seduces the husband of her best friend, she dies from falling off her horse. Thaïs commits suicide because of regret.
The film sets are characteristic of the Futurist movement. They were designed by Enrico Prampolini who used geometric shapes based on a strong black / white contrast: spiral, diamond, chess, symbolic figures (cats, masks spewing smoke). Painted scenes often interact with the characters, creating a world of illusions where it is difficult to distinguish fact from fiction. As the film progresses, it becomes more and more abstract to reflect Vera's increasing confusion.
The oppressive and anti naturalistic visions can be seen as a preamble to the German expressionist cinema, which was notably inspired by the style of Prampolini.
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