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Live score by Chiara Costanza

L’Onesta’ del Peccato (The Wife He Neglected)
Italy | 1918 | 89 mins

A businessman marries Maria, the daughter of the rich professor, not for love but for personal gain. He betrays and humiliates her but she hides his despicable character from both her father and society at large and takes comfort in the company of a ship’s lieutenant. They fall in love but agree to interrupt their impossible relationship. Pregnant with her lover’s child, Maria decides to follow her heart and join him at sea but a series of dramatic events awaits them.

The complex character of Maria is played by an intense Maria Jacobini. In the role of daughter, wife, lover and mother she plays a woman courageous to the point of becoming an instrument of death.

The film will presented in a new digitally restored copy, restored by the Cineteca di Bologna in 2017.

Director: Augusto Genia
Cast: Maria Jacobini, Alfonso Cassini, Vittorio Rossi Pianelli, Lido Manetti

Live score by Chiara Costanza

Chiara Costanza is a Melbourne-based music composer, producer and DJ born and raised in Torino, Italy.

Classically trained in piano and later exposed to electronic music after moving to Melbourne in 2004, Chiara has since moved into a well-respected position in the Australian electronic music scene, where she performs under the moniker Chiara Kickdrum. A sought-after film composer for film and TV, her short film All These Creatures, was awarded a Palme D’Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. 

Tickets: $25

The Silent Divas project is possible thanks to the financial and cultural contribution of the Italian Cultural Institute of Melbourne, Official Government body for the promotion of Italian language and culture in Australia.








Maria Jacobini, Alfonso Cassini, Vittorio Rossi Pianelli, Lido Manetti


Augusto Genia

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