Lyda Borelli in Il dramma di una notte
Spanish chocolat card. Chocolat Imperiale. Italian diva Lyda Borelli in Il dramma di una notte aka Una notte a Calcutta (The Drama of One Night/One Night in Calcutta, Mario Caserini 1918). Here Borelli sits in a classic borellian pose, while the man behind here may be Alberto Nepoti. The girl is Anna Rocchi.
The story is about marine officer Guido (Alberto Capozzi), who returns to Italy to meet his brother's future wife and recognizes Nelly (Borelli), an 'easy' woman, he once had a story with, in a house of vice in India. At the time, Nelly took care of her mother and younger sister Daisy (Anna Rocchi). After her mother's death, Nelly repents, returns to Italy, and learns to love with sincerity: Riccardo (Livio Pavanelli). Nelly begs, then threatens Guido not to tell his brother, but finally accepts to leave without trace. When she is on her own, she scratches herself with a venous Indian nail varnish she wears and thus kills herself. This was Lyda Borelli's final film before she married count Vittorio Cini and retired from public life, both the stage and the screen. Il dramma di una notte is a lost film, but a short fragment resurfaced recently at the EYE Filmmuseum.
Lyda Borelli (1887-1959) was already an acclaimed stage actress before she became the first diva of the Italian silent cinema. The fascinating film star caused a craze among female fans, called 'Borellismo'.