Satan's Rhapsody / Rapsodia satanica (1915)

4.5 out of 5

Nino Oxilia was to die in the combat of The Great War. He was twenty eight years of age and lost his life on Monte Grappa. The date was November the 17th 1917. Two years earlier the world was to experience a small slice of cinematic magic courtesy of Nino Oxilia—in the form of the delightful Rapsodia satanica.

The story, with a running time of around forty-five minutes is a version of the story of Faust. A fading beauty, played by true beauty and diva Lyda Borelli, makes a pact with Mephisto, the devil, in order to recapture her former glory. Her beauty is restored, on condition that she is not to love. The devil's gift of course being a poison chalice.

The film is a work of great maturity from the director Oxilia and cinematographer Giorgio Ricci. A joy from start to finish this wonderful movie is one that demands to be soaked up and reveled in for the incredible and distinct feature it is.

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