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The Lady Without Camelias (1953)

La signora senza camelie (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 1981 (USA)
A new starlet is discovered and has ups and downs in Italian films.

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Complete credited cast:
... Clara Manni
... Ercole 'Ercolino' Borra
... Gianni Franchi
... Bernardo 'Nardo' Rusconi
Monica Clay ... Simonetta Rota
... Lodi
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
Nino Dal Fabbro ... Nelli
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A new starlet is discovered and has ups and downs in Italian films.

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

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Film Extra: There's Clara Manni! She's beautiful, if only she could act, too.
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Unmistakably the work of its director
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"La Signora senza Camelie" is arguably Antonioni's first masterpiece. It's about a shop-girl 'discovered' by an ambitious producer who doesn't just want to make her a star but his wife as well and who then proceeds to make her miserable. It's not a great film about the cinema but then that's hardly the point; rather you can see in it the seeds of his later films about unhappy women and mentally abusive men.

As the unfortunate Clara, rich and bored like so many Antonioni heroines, the little known Lucia Bose is excellent and visually it is often extraordinary. It doesn't quite fit into the broader and deeper contextualization of the trilogy that began with "L'Avventura" but in its treatment of its heroine it is unmistakably the work of its director and it's a much more intellectually rigorous picture than anything his contemporaries was doing at the time, For anyone remotely interested in following the trajectory of Antonioni's career this is essential viewing.


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