7.2/10
977
6 user 19 critic

The Lady Without Camelias (1953)

La signora senza camelie (original title)
| Drama | 1981 (USA)
A new starlet is discovered and has ups and downs in Italian films.

Writers:

(story), (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
Reviews
1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

I vinti (1953)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Three stories of well-off youths who commit murders. In the French episode a group of high school students kill one of their colleagues for his money. In the Italian episode a university ... See full summary »

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni
Stars: Etchika Choureau, Jacques Sempey, Henri Poirier
Le Amiche (1955)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A young woman returns to her home town of Turin to set up a new fashion salon and gets involved with a troubled woman and her three wealthy friends.

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni
Stars: Eleonora Rossi Drago, Gabriele Ferzetti, Franco Fabrizi
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Paola is a young, beautiful woman married to a wealthy entrepreneur. She meets her former lover Guido after seven years, but their relationship is marked by tragic events.

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni
Stars: Lucia Bosé, Massimo Girotti, Ferdinando Sarmi
Il Grido (1957)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A man wanders aimlessly, away from his town, away from the woman he loved, emotionally and socially inactive.

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni
Stars: Steve Cochran, Alida Valli, Dorian Gray
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A hunted man breaks into the castle at Oberwald to kill the Queen, but faints before doing so. He is Sebastian, the splitting image of the King who was assassinated on his wedding day. The ... See full summary »

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni
Stars: Monica Vitti, Paolo Bonacelli, Franco Branciaroli
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The movie director Niccolo has just been left by his wife. This gives him the idea of making a movie about women's relationships. He starts to search for a woman who can play the leading ... See full summary »

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni
Stars: Tomas Milian, Daniela Silverio, Christine Boisson
Documentary | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Six separate episodes: would-be suicides discuss their despair. A provincial dance hall. An investigative reporter posing as a husband-to-be. A young unwed mother. Girl-watching techniques of Italian men. A glimpse into prostitution.

Directors: Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini, and 5 more credits »
Stars: Rita Josa, Rosanna Carta, Enrico Pelliccia
I tre volti (1965)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Directors: Michelangelo Antonioni, Mauro Bolognini, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Princess Soraya, Goffredo Alessandrini, Nando Angelini
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Made of four short tales, linked by a story filmed by Wim Wenders. Taking place in Ferrara, Portofino, Aix en Provence and Paris, each story, which always a woman as the crux of the story, ... See full summary »

Directors: Michelangelo Antonioni, Wim Wenders
Stars: Fanny Ardant, Chiara Caselli, Irène Jacob
Red Desert (1964)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

In a bleak rundown industrial area a young woman, Giuliana, tries to cope with life. She's married to Ugo the manager of a local plant but is soon having an affair with one of his ... See full summary »

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni
Stars: Monica Vitti, Richard Harris, Carlo Chionetti
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A documentary on China, concentrating mainly on the faces of the people, filmed in the areas they were allowed to visit. The 220 minute version consists of three parts. The first part, ... See full summary »

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni
Stars: Giuseppe Rinaldi
La Notte (1961)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A day in the life of an unfaithful married couple and their steadily deteriorating relationship.

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni
Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Marcello Mastroianni, Monica Vitti
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Ercole 'Ercolino' Borra
Andrea Checchi ...
...
Monica Clay ...
Simonetta Rota
Alain Cuny ...
Anna Carena ...
Clara Manni's Mother
Enrico Glori ...
Franco Albonetti
Laura Tiberti ...
Renata
Oscar Andriani ...
Boschi
Gisella Sofio ...
Simonetta Rota's Friend
Elio Steiner ...
Emanuele
Luisa Rivelli ...
Luisa
Nino Dal Fabbro ...
Nelli
Edit

Storyline

A new starlet is discovered and has ups and downs in Italian films.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Lady Without Camelias  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Michelangelo Antonioni offered the lead to Lucia Bosé after both Gina Lollobrigida and Sophia Loren turned it down. See more »

Quotes

Actress in Arab Costume: It's a matter of principle.
Actor in Arab Costume: What do you care?
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Love in the City (1953) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Ignorance of desire
7 April 2011 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

If this was a Hollywood film, starring a Rita Hayworth, it would be one of the famous ones. I don't like to use this line of thought but I find it apt here. The story is classic tragedy and the payoff in the end, the parting shot especially, overpowers like Sunset Blvd. It's only a footnote in the scheme of things then because we find it in the filmography of this particular director, a titan of cinema equaled only by a select few.

In an early scene here we get a marvellous sketch of how movies create their icons. The producer and director fuss over the young movie starlet in a rehearsal, telling her what to wear, how to move and kiss, how to exude sex appeal. The girl allows herself to be swept up in this, ostensibly because the promise of being a face in the crowd is alluring.

A few instances after rehearsing a scene where she makes out in a bed, we see her getting kissed by the man who pressingly courts her. Antonioni gives us a masterstroke here, framing the couple against a blank canvas, projected upon it we see the shadows of movie lights and a grip setting them up. Like the rehearsal scene that preceedes it, this too is a fabrication, orchestrated for a camera and audience.

A lot of the rest is melodrama, competent if sometimes iffy. It may seem outrageous by our standards that a girl will concede to marriage the way Carla does here, but perhaps it reflects the times. The marriage is overbearingly hopeless though, a picture of sadness.

When the film assumes power again for me, is when we see this young girl, shaped as a person by the movies, be broken by them. The scene builds up to a harrowing climax, with faceless crowds of extras waiting their roll call in a Cinecitta backlot, garish movie sets of sword-and-sandal flicks, the hubbub of movie people. Carla loses herself in this furore, once again allowing herself to be swept up.

The overwhelming sadness of the finale is not simply that she acquiesces to too much because, though weak-willed, she's not a ditz. She's quietly spirited but unsure, a fragile, delicate thing thrown in with the lions, having been torn by two men who used her for their desires. It's that Antonioni leaves her there, to a cruel, loveless fate, and she deserves better.


14 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?