MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI ARCHIVE
FILMOGRAPHY - FEATURE FILMS
CREDITS
Italy 1953 Color 35mm 105minutes
Director
Michelangelo Antonioni
Screenwriters
Michelangelo Antonioni, Suso Cecchi d'Amico, Francesco Maselli, P.M. Pasinetti
Photography
Enzo Serafin
Music
Giovanni Fusco
Cast
Lucia Bosè, Andrea Cecchi, Gino Cervi, Ivan Desny, Alain Cuny

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La Signora Senza Camelie

ABOUT THE FILM
La Signora Senza Camelie
(The Lady Without Camellias)


A shop girl wins a beauty contest and is elevated to movie stardom. Her idolising producer husband casts her in a disatrous production of Joan of Arc, sending her career into a downward spiral and reducing her to isolation and near despair. A satirical swipe at the less glamorous side of the commercial film industry in Italy, the film also reflects Antonioni's concern for the position of and pressures on women in sociey. Characterisitically, he is less worried with the plot than with creating fluent set pieces and eloquently stunning framings of his lead actress and the surrounding decor.

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"The meaning of a film always comes later; at first I am only interested in the characters and then, through these characters, I try to paint a picture of their surroundings. I did that in The Lady Without Camellias..."
—On The Lady Without Camellias (Reported in Cinema Nuovo, 1 March, 1953)



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