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The Lady Without Camelias (1953)

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


Michelangelo Antonioni (story), Michelangelo Antonioni (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Lucia Bosè ... Clara Manni (as Lucia Bosé)
Gino Cervi ... Ercole 'Ercolino' Borra
Andrea Checchi ... Gianni Franchi
Ivan Desny ... Bernardo 'Nardo' Rusconi
Monica Clay Monica Clay ... Simonetta Rota
Alain Cuny ... Lodi
Anna Carena ... Clara Manni's Mother
Enrico Glori ... Franco Albonetti
Laura Tiberti Laura Tiberti ... Renata
Oscar Andriani Oscar Andriani ... Boschi
Gisella Sofio Gisella Sofio ... Simonetta Rota's Friend
Elio Steiner ... Emanuele
Luisa Rivelli ... Luisa
Nino Dal Fabbro Nino Dal Fabbro ... Nelli


By a twist of fate, the photogenic Milanese shop assistant, Clara Manni, gets the leading role in Italian movie producer Gianni Franchi's romantic drama, "Addio Signora", and becomes an overnight sensation in Rome. However--as this small role catapults her professional career as a silver-screen diva--more and more, Clara finds herself trapped in a glamorously cruel world of false promises, failed relationships, and disastrous choices. Now, a betrayed, weak, and, above all, insecure Clara has her back to the wall, forced to make a difficult but pivotal decision in her life. Is there a future in the commercial film industry for the beautiful Lady without Camelias? Written by Nick Riganas

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


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great expectations and .... illusions perdues
25 October 2007 | by andrabemSee all my reviews

Clara Manni (Lucia Bosé), a shop clerk, came to Rome in order to become an actress. She was discovered by Gianni (Andrea Checchi), a film producer. Now it seems that she's hit the big time. The film she's making now is bound to be a success. She's a star on the rise. Gianni, the producer, is in love with her, and rushes Clara into marriage with the complicity of her parents. She's not really in love with him but marries him all the same. Marriage at the time was a kind of moral (if not financial) safety certificate. This, by the time (1953), was almost mandatory for women.

The marriage is not successful and new roads, provided by chance, offer themselves to her. Clara is a sensitive woman, capable of deep emotions - she gives all of herself in whatever she does. But appearances seem to be more important than feelings in this world. In the end of the film, the tears she sheds while she's smiling, represent her surrender.

Lucia Bosé is superb in her role. Clara's need for love, her hesitations and hopes, are subtly shown - her acting is at the same time minimalistic and full of passion. More than the world of cinema, Antonioni portrays the world in which women had to live at that time. His look is deep and compassionate.

See a very beautiful and sad film about a "lady without camelias" - she lived, loved, suffered, and learned - in the end the flowers were gone and nothing remained but a smile among tears.

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1981 (USA) See more »

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Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

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