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Alexandre Dumas fils (based on the novel by)
Jean Aurenche (scenario) ...
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Release Date:
26 February 1981 (Italy) See more »
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. | Add synopsis »
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Isabelle Huppert ... Alphonsine Plessis

Gian Maria Volontè ... Plessis

Bruno Ganz ... Count Perregaux

Fabrizio Bentivoglio ... Dumas son
Clio Goldsmith ... Clemence
Mario Maranzana ... Dumas father
Yann Babilée ... Agenor
Carla Fracci ... Marguerite Gauthier
Cécile Vassort ... Henriette
David Jalil ... Maxence

Piero Vida

Fabio Traversa ... Priest
Remo Remotti
Mattia Sbragia
Clara Colosimo
Gina Rovere
Stefania Pierangelini ... Thérèse

Fernando Rey ... Count Stackelberg
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paola Borboni
Olga Karlatos
Fabio Gamma ... Armando On Stage (uncredited)
Rita Lemma ... Ania (uncredited)

Pascale Ogier ... Olympe (uncredited)
Paola Rinaldi ... Giulia (uncredited)

Sandro Silvestri ... L'impresario teatrale (uncredited)

Directed by
Mauro Bolognini 
Writing credits
Alexandre Dumas fils (based on the novel by)

Jean Aurenche (scenario) and
Vladimir Pozner (scenario)

Enrico Medioli (adaptation and dialogue)

Produced by
Manolo Bolognini .... producer
Margaret Ménégoz .... producer
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
Cinematography by
Ennio Guarnieri 
Film Editing by
Nino Baragli 
Production Design by
Mario Garbuglia 
Costume Design by
Piero Tosi 
Makeup Department
Vittorio Biseo .... makeup artist
Gilda De Guilmi .... hair stylist (as Ida Gilda De Guilmi)
Florence Fouquier D'Herouel .... makeup artist
Alfonso Gola .... makeup artist
Production Management
Filippo Campus .... assistant production manager
Francesco Casati .... production manager
Carlo Giovagnorio .... unit manager
Vincenzo Testa .... unit manager
Roland Thénot .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hervé Grandsart .... second assistant director
Michele Scalera .... first assistant director
Art Department
Carlo Gervasi .... set dresser
Sound Department
Massimo Anzellotti .... sound effects editor
Italo Cameracanna .... foley artist
Italo Cameracanna .... sound effects editor
Renato Marinelli .... foley artist
Danilo Moroni .... sound mixer
Jean Vermeulen .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Amilcare Cuccoli .... gaffer
Aldo Marchiori .... assistant camera
Ennio Picconi .... key grip
Renato Ranieri .... camera operator
Marco Sperduti .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nefte Riccò .... costumer (as Neffe Ricco)
Alberto Verso .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Alessandro Baragli .... second assistant editor
Elvira Tonini .... first assistant editor (as Vivi Tonini)
Music Department
Stefano Arnaldi .... musician: piano
Mario Caporolani .... musician: piano
Ennio Morricone .... orchestrator
Franco Tamponi .... conductor
Other crew
Nestore Baratella .... production administrator
Claude Bertonazzi .... production administrator
Andrea Bolognini .... production secretary
Remo Stampiggioni .... production administrator
Patrizia Zulini .... script supervisor

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Also Known As:
"La storia vera della signora dalle camelie" - Italy (original title)
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115 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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 »
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Love, life, 7 March 2014
Author: Wendy Yd New Style from Netherlands

La storia vera della signora delle camelie or the "real" story of La Dame aux Camélias is also based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas fils. The tragic love story of a poor writer who falls in love with a courtesan. Only Marie Duplessis is now called 'Alphonsine' instead of Camille (Greta Garbo film), Violetta (opera) or Marguerite (book/ballet).

The settings are raw in the beginning and beautiful splendor in the end. It's a consistent view of a woman who wants to get a better life. The conversations aren't romantic and some scenes actually show you what a 'courtesan' does for a living. Something the other versions don't.

Isabelle Huppert as Alphonsine looks meek, even subdue and bored but what fascinated me about her acting was the passion that's there ... somewhere. She depicts a person who at first takes this profession as a way to survive and then later on takes delight in the power she has over men and the money she earns with it. Yes, she's ill and it's shown frequently, trying to get a sympathy vote. What remains tragic is the fact that she can't hold on to her life, both profession as -Life-.

It's my favorite film version of La Dame aux Camélias. The 8 rate is due Huppert's performance. The slowness in the movie and my dislike of the actors was the reason for the original 7 rate and the only reason I don't rate it a 9 because I watched it a couple of times.

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