La Signora senza camelie

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An early Antonioni drama that looks at the sad fate of a manipulated woman, as well as taking a satirical swipe at the commercial end of the Italian film industry. Bosè plays a shopgirl, recently elevated to movie stardom, whose idolising producer husband (Cecchi) puts her into a disastrous production of Joan of Arc and sends her career into a downward spiral. Characteristically, Antonioni is less concerned with plot than with creating fluid set pieces and eloquent framings of his beautiful actress and the surrounding decor. The resulting cocktail is slight on psychology, but invariably stunning to behold.

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Duration: 105 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni
Screenwriter: Michelangelo Antonioni, Suso Cecchi D'Amico, Francesco Maselli, PM Pasinetti
Cast: Lucia Bosè
Andrea Cecchi
Gino Cervi
Ivan Desny
Alain Cuny
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