Silvia

silvia

SILVIA (LA DIVA): THE PURITY AND THE DIVINITY OF NATURE THAT IS UNAVAILABLE FOR MARCELLO AND ALL MEN WHO ARE CORRUPTED BY MODERNITY

 

 

 

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Silvia is represented as a victim of the star system.
She is a diva, or so she wants to appear, but soon became clear that in reality she is simple and natural and is the star system that is contaminating her purity.
Her love for luxury and sweet life is nothing but another mask that the star system forces her to wear. In fact, when she is alone with Marcello, she takes off her sunglasses and she does the same thing to Marcello … She tries to show her self to him and at the same time tries to find out which face is hidden behind the mask that Marcello wears.
She shows him her nature beyond the artifices of culture.

 

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The scene of the Trevi Fountain is used by Fellini to show the impossibility, but also the unwillingness, of Marcello to achieve purity.
Silvia, that evening, returns to the state of nature, without a mask, rebelling, at least for one night to the star system, regenerating herself and cleaning herself with the water of the fountain.

And Silvia, no longer a diva, becomes a divinity. A natural divinity that invites Marcello to follow her. But Marcello is controlled by his mask so much that he can not get away from it. But in the end he seems to find the strength to purify himself too and decides to reach her and kiss her… but the moment he is about to do it, suddenly the magic fades … the water stops flowing, symbolizing the fact that Marcello has gone too far ahead and cannot go back, to the state of nature, not even for a moment.

But when the enchantment of the night is over, Silvia will have to go home too, to continue to be an object of the star system and wear the sunglasses of the Diva.

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