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La storia vera della signora dalle camelie (1981)

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.

Director:

Mauro Bolognini

Writers:

Alexandre Dumas fils (based on the novel by), Jean Aurenche (scenario) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Isabelle Huppert ... Alphonsine Plessis
Gian Maria Volontè ... Plessis
Bruno Ganz ... Count Perregaux
Fabrizio Bentivoglio ... Dumas son
Clio Goldsmith Clio Goldsmith ... Clemence
Mario Maranzana Mario Maranzana ... Dumas father
Yann Babilée Yann Babilée ... Agenor
Carla Fracci Carla Fracci ... Marguerite Gauthier
Cécile Vassort ... Henriette
David Jalil David Jalil ... Maxence
Piero Vida Piero Vida
Fabio Traversa ... Priest
Remo Remotti Remo Remotti
Mattia Sbragia
Clara Colosimo Clara Colosimo
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Storyline

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.

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

26 February 1981 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

A Dama das Camélias See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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Goofs

Marie Duplessis didn't die on her father arms, but in fact, in her husband arms the count Perregaux. See more »

Alternate Versions

The film was issued also in a "long" version, broadcast on TV in 3 episodes of 6o' each, See more »

Connections

Version of Camille (1921) See more »

Soundtracks

Petite créature
Lyrics by Mauro Bolognini
Music by Ennio Morricone
Performed by Luciana Turina
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Blurb.
5 December 2001 | by ItalianGerrySee all my reviews

Mauro Bolognini's THE LADY OF THE CAMELLIAS is a French-Italian co-production. It gives us the "true" demystified story of one of French literature's most famous courtesans and who was the basis of many later variations including Verdi's Violetta in LA TRAVIATA and Greta Garbo's Camille. The premise is excellent, by the execution is marred by the presence of Isabelle Huppert in the title role. She seems just too scant and passive to be the self-sacrificing femme-fatale she is supposed to be portraying. And although the settings and decor are nothing short of superb (always dependable in Bolognini's films like THE INHERITANCE and LA GRANDE BOURGEOISE), little is gained by the constant clinical insistence on Alphonsine's genuine sickness (she is constantly coughing up blood for our edification) and by the unconvincing delineation of her relationships with her suitors. The film is very much worth seeing if for no other reason than to compare it with other better versions of the story, perhaps the Zeffirelli film version of the opera, with Teresa Stratas and Placido Domingo.


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