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Stacia Napierkowska on film

As dancer Marfa Koutiloff in Les Vampires (FR 1915-16), Stacia Napierkowska gave the silent cinema one of its most iconic images: a woman in a black bodystocking and great black bat wings, stretching and swirling as if to take flight. Later, she … Continue reading

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Mistinguett on film: three shorts

   Mistinguett must be considered one of France’s great entertainers. Born Jeanne Florentine Bourgeois in 1875, in the early twentieth century she was a huge star of the French music hall, lighting up the stage of such legendary venues as the Moulin … Continue reading

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L’Inferno (IT 1911)

L’Inferno is a film bizarrely forgotten by Anglophone film history. Before Cabiria and Quo Vadis?, which enjoyed worldwide popularity and influence, L’Inferno was one of the first Italian epics to gain international fame, yet it is nowadays comparatively little known. I … Continue reading

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