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Film Series: “Songs of Love and Loss: Elvira Notari’s Cinematic Realism,” November 6-13, 2023, Harvard Film Archive

“Though considered one of the first and most prolific filmmakers of early Italian cinema, Elvira Notari (1875-1946) remains relatively underrepresented in discussions surrounding film canons of the silent era. Along with her husband Nicola, Notari founded the production company Dora Film in the city of Naples in 1906. She not only directed films, but also acted, wrote, produced and distributed works released under Dora Film. Of the sixty feature films and hundreds of short films made by Notari, only three complete titles are currently known to have survived in addition to a few fragments.”

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