La Signora Senza Camelie (1953)



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Signora Senza Camelie (Lady without Camelias or Camille without Camelias) was the third feature-length directorial effort by Michelangelo Antonioni. It is possible that the director invested a great deal of himself in the story's central character, a film producer played by Gino Cervi. Turning shopgirl Clara Manni (Lucia Bose) into a major movie star, Ercole "Ercolino" (Cervi) caps this Svengalilike action by marrying the girl. Her head in the clouds, Clara demands that her husband star her in an "artistic" production, rather than the sexy vehicles in which she's previously appeared. When the film bombs, so does the marriage. The film ends with a backhanded paean to "public taste," a commodity Antonioni seldom bothered himself with in his future films.


Oscar Andriani
as Produttore concorrente di Granchi{ita}
Enrico Glori
as Director
Gino Cervi
as Ercole "Ercolino"
Ivan Desny
as Nardo Rusconi
Monica Clay
as Simonetta
Lucia Bosé
as Clara Manni
Anna Carena
as Clara's mother
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Critic Reviews for La Signora Senza Camelie

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

I thought Lady very weak, with little hint in it of the Antonioni to come, which was surprising because even earlier Antonioni, Story of a Love, seemed stranger and more prophetic of the giant en route.

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Perhaps the most unjustly neglected of Michelangelo Antonioni's early features.

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The resulting cocktail is slight on psychology, but invariably stunning to behold.

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One of the better early films of Michelangelo Antonioni.

Jul 17, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

An impeccable early scene has Antonioni defining mise-en-scène before your eyes -- a torrid kiss is rehearsed on a bed, the camera dollies in and the sketch becomes a fresco, with off-screen whispers acting as meta-reminders.

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Although casting a dismissive eye over the Cinecittá ballyhoo, Antonioni is more concerned with the psychological impact of Bosé's lonely predicament.

Mar 16, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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