The Lady Without Camellias

  • 1953
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

An early feature from Antonioni released in the US 28 years later, which again displays his interest in alienating a character from his or her surroundings. Here Bose is a working-class girl from Milan who is put into a low-budget film only to be catapulted to stardom by an image-making producer (Cecchi) who prefers to see her playing Joan of Arc. Her marriage...read more

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An early feature from Antonioni released in the US 28 years later, which again displays his interest in alienating a character from his or her surroundings. Here Bose is a working-class girl from Milan who is put into a low-budget film only to be catapulted to stardom by an image-making

producer (Cecchi) who prefers to see her playing Joan of Arc. Her marriage to Cecchi fails, as does their version of JOAN OF ARC and a relationship with Desny, a diplomat with whom she's fallen in love. She soon finds that her stardom will come from the immoral, second-rate films representative of

her working-class upbringing and not from "decent films" and fur coats. Antonioni, however, is again plagued by the same chronic miscasting that has tumbled some of his other films--David Hemmings in BLOW-UP and Steve Cochran in IL GRIDO--this time by trying to pass off the glamorous,

sophisticated Bose as a peasant girl alienated from the upper class.

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