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La signora di tutti (1934)

Gaby is expelled from school after a married teacher commits suicide after telling her he can't live without her. Though she has done nothing, she is punished for his act.

Director:

Max Ophüls (uncredited)

Writer:

Salvatore Gotta (novel) (as Salvator Gotta)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Isa Miranda ... Gabriella Murge, alias Gaby Doriot
Memo Benassi Memo Benassi ... Leonardo Nanni
Tatyana Pavlova Tatyana Pavlova ... Alma Nanni (as Tatiana Pawlova)
Friedrich Benfer Friedrich Benfer ... Roberto Nanni (as Federico Benfer)
Franco Coop Franco Coop ... L'impresario Veraldi
Lamberto Picasso Lamberto Picasso ... Signor Murge, padre di Gaby e Anna
Nelly Corradi Nelly Corradi ... Anna Murge
Mario Ferrari Mario Ferrari ... Il produttore cinamatografico
Mattia Sassanelli Mattia Sassanelli
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Luigi Barberi Luigi Barberi
Gildo Bocci Gildo Bocci ... Il regista
Andrea Checchi ... Un amico di Roberto
Achille Majeroni ... Il portiere del teatro
Alfredo Martinelli Alfredo Martinelli ... Un giornalista
Egisto Olivieri Egisto Olivieri
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A famous film star is put under an anesthetic after an attempted suicide and relives her melodramatic past. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

25 March 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Everybody's Woman See more »

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Production Co:

Novella Film See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Through the past,darkly.
17 September 2006 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

In Max Ophuls'work,if you were born a woman,you were born to suffer.If there are exceptions,they are very rare : from "Liebelei" where a woman's true love was only a "liebelei" to "Sans Lendemain" where Edwige Feuillère was prisoner of a racy past to "letter from an unknown woman " where Joan Fontaine 's love was in vain to the masterpieces of the fifties "Madame de" and "Lola Montès" .Even in the much debated "De Mayerling à Sarajevo" the historic Sophie Chotek (Feuillère again) character was also a humiliated woman.

"La signora di Tutti" actually predates "Lola Montès" by twenty years:it's a long flashback after the heroine's suicide.The first sequences are nervy ,tense,the dialog begins with numbers and you soon realize they're talking about money.Isa MIranda portrays with talent a woman whose biggest fault is to be all along the film the right woman in the wrong place.Every man she loves leads her to a dead end : the music teacher,the businessman,his son.

Great scenes:the opera ,an imaginary way for the lovers to escape ;Ophuls's great fascination for the trains (see also "letter to an unknown woman" "De Mayerling à Sarajevo" and even the "la maison Tellier" segment in "LE Plaisir" in a comic way);Alma's tragic death ,the shadow of the wheelchair on the wall,the radio which Gabriella smashes ; and above all,the final pictures when the press slowly stops .

A strong influence on Mankiewicz ("Barefoot Comtessa" ),Louis Malle (" Vie privée")and on the melodrama genre (Sirk)

The flashback was not so innovative after all(the year before,Stahl did the same in "only yesterday" ) but the directing which sometimes has thriller accents (the scene when the heroine hears a radio nobody can't hear would not be out of place in a psychological suspense;ditto for the wheelchair scene in the night which is really awesome.


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