An elegant version of the "Lady of the Camelias"
mcongedi from Adelaide, Australia
2 April 2011
This is one of two versions of the Alexandre Dumas novel filmed in
Italy in 1915, the two versions are often confused as being the same.
The other version was directed by actor/director Baldassarre Negroni
and starred Hesperia. This version directed by the talented
actor/director Gustavo Serena stars himself with the incomparable
In 1915, "La Bertini" and Serena were setting standards in cinema
world-wide with their subtle and realistic acting. This acting
brilliance was most notable in their collaboration on the silent
masterpiece "Assunta Spina" filmed in the same year, arguably the
finest film made that year, anywhere.
Compared to other major titles of the same period, this film lacks some
of the technical brilliance that was developing in cinema at the time
(e.g. camera movement, facial close-ups), but the film makes up for
this lack in other ways. The compositions are elegant, the way scenes
are lit are well thought out (note the light and darkness on Bertini's
face in certain scenes), the acting subtle (for its time), the crowd
scenes are so well-handled.
As a final note, Ennio Morricone wrote a score for this in 1992, which
is musically very apt and complements the film.
Bravo Serena and Bertini
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