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La signora senza camelie [The Lady Without Camelias]

La signora senza camelie [The Lady Without Camelias]

Michelangelo Antonioni ,

Film Summary

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Runtime:

102

Aspect Ratio:

1.37:1

Colour:

Black & White

Certificate:

PG

Subtitles:

English (optional)

Genre:

World Cinema

The third feature film by cinema master Michelangelo Antonioni, La signora senza camelie [The Lady Without Camelias], expanded the expressive palette of contemporary Italian movies, demonstrating that a personal vision could take an explicitly poetic tack; that “seriousness = neo-realism” was perhaps already turning into something of a truism; and that Antonioni would answer to no-one but himself.

It’s the story of a shopclerk named Clara (played by the captivating Lucia Bosè, also of Antonioni’s brilliant debut feature, Cronaca di un amore) who finds a chance casting in a small movie role develop into a full-blown career as screen-siren. Tension erupts when her husband can no longer tolerate watching her frivolous cinema escapades, and pushes her into a “serious, artistic” production of the life of Joan of Arc… whereupon she is castigated by the critical establishment.

A riveting ‘behind-the-scenes’ show-business drama, La signora senza camelie explores themes that would haunt its director from L’avventura through La notte and The Passenger — an individual’s tenuous hold on her identity, and the dangers inherent to performance… in life and on-screen. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Antonioni’s masterful, highly personal La signora senza camelie for the first time in the UK — in a Dual Format release containing both Blu-ray and DVD versions of the film.

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EKA70031
2 Discs
#17

  • Beautiful new transfer of the film in its original 1.37:1 aspect ratio, presented in a 1080p AVC encode on the Blu-ray
  • Newly translated optional English subtitles
  • A new and exclusive video introduction to the film with critic and teacher Gabe Klinger
  • A new and exclusive video featuring Gabe Klinger discussing Antonioni in the context of the Italian production system of the 1950s
  • The film’s original Italian theatrical trailer
  • 44-page booklet containing newly translated vintage criticism about the film, an excerpt from an interview with Antonioni, and a lengthy 1953 back-and-forth about the film between Antonioni and critic Luigi Chiarini

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