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La Signora Senza Camelie (1953)




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Signora Senza Camelie (Lady without Camelias or Camille without Camelias) was the third feature-length directorial effort by Michelangelo Antonioni. It is possible that the director invested a great deal of himself in the story's central character, a film producer played by Gino Cervi. Turning shopgirl Clara Manni (Lucia Bose) into a major movie star, Ercole "Ercolino" (Cervi) caps this Svengalilike action by marrying the girl. Her head in the clouds, Clara demands that her husband star her in an "artistic" production, rather than the sexy vehicles in which she's previously appeared. When the film bombs, so does the marriage. The film ends with a backhanded paean to "public taste," a commodity Antonioni seldom bothered himself with in his future films.


Oscar Andriani
as Produttore concorrente di Granchi{ita}
Enrico Glori
as Director
Gino Cervi
as Ercole "Ercolino"
Ivan Desny
as Nardo Rusconi
Monica Clay
as Simonetta
Lucia Bosé
as Clara Manni
Anna Carena
as Clara's mother
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Critic Reviews for La Signora Senza Camelie

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

Antonioni, who wrote the story and co-wrote the script, offers a sardonic view of filmmaking that ranges from crudely pandering screenplays and sordid rehearsals of love scenes to the pathos of extras desperate for a day's pay.

October 5, 2020 | Full Review…

I thought Lady very weak, with little hint in it of the Antonioni to come, which was surprising because even earlier Antonioni, Story of a Love, seemed stranger and more prophetic of the giant en route.

March 16, 2015 | Full Review…

Perhaps the most unjustly neglected of Michelangelo Antonioni's early features.

March 16, 2015 | Full Review…

The resulting cocktail is slight on psychology, but invariably stunning to behold.

March 16, 2015 | Full Review…

If it lacks the final fusion of purposes characterizing a masterwork, [the film] is nevertheless so unmistakably and remarkably the work of a master that one is shocked to discover the rather cursory critical treatment it has generally been accorded.

November 9, 2021 | Full Review…

Fine performance by Lucia Bose. Good atmosphere of raffish underworld of Grade-B moviemaking. A minor-key masterpiece.

July 22, 2019 | Full Review…

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