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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.

Cast

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.

Full Review… | March 16, 2015
The New Republic
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | March 16, 2015
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | March 16, 2015
Time Out
Top Critic

One of the better early films of Michelangelo Antonioni.

Full Review… | July 17, 2015
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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.

Full Review… | March 16, 2015
CinePassion

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

Full Review… | March 16, 2015
Radio Times

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