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Lady of the Camelias (1981)

La storia vera della signora dalle camelie (original title)
A young girl from the provinces, comes to Paris with one goal: to become a part of the rich bourgeoisie. To achieve this she will use her unique beauty and charm.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alphonsine Plessis
Count Perregaux
Dumas son
Clio Goldsmith ...
Mario Maranzana ...
Dumas father
Yann Babilée ...
Carla Fracci ...
Cécile Vassort ...
David Jalil ...
Piero Vida
Remo Remotti
Mattia Sbragia
Clara Colosimo


A young girl from the provinces, comes to Paris with one goal: to become a part of the rich bourgeoisie. To achieve this she will use her unique beauty and charm.

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26 February 1981 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

A Dama das Camélias  »

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When the Count of Perregaux recognize her dead body and gives the order to close the coffin she shallows. Her head change positions between shots. See more »


Version of Xin cha hua nu (1941) See more »


Petite créature
Lyrics by Mauro Bolognini
Music by Ennio Morricone
Performed by Luciana Turina
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The real Dame !
8 March 2012 | by (Capital, Buenos Aires, Argentina) – See all my reviews

Some films achieve the inexplicable "art" status by being beautiful, true, as well as emotionally touching, independently of the actors, plot or cinematography. It's as if the film rose from its "material support" so to speak, and you could really see the film as close to how the artist intended it to be. This is one of those rare cases.

We all know the story, but in this case Huppert and the director Bolognini make this stand out from the rest. You will probably have strong feelings for Alphonsine, who plays with the bad cards life has given to her, from her pimp father to her ill health. IMDb reviewer Gerald A. DeLuca is right that there is a sort of "didactic" hammering on our main character spitting blood. Quibbles aside, this superb film is just perfect.

Psychoanalytically it also has interesting things to say, like Plessis treating her daughter like yet another man/ suitor at times, or when she goes to live to the rich man's palace, she is given his MOTHER's room (not his own).

Cinematography does help, as does montage (the scene with Alphonsine in ecstasy followed by the slaughterhouse where she drinks blood, for instance). Of course the classical score, based on Verdi's Traviata but also drawing from other sources, heightens the story. All the male characters become supporting ones compared to Huppert, but of course they are excellent. G. M. Volonté in particular. Wait and see.

Don't miss this film! Utterly enjoyable XIX century melodrama!

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