on 22 September 2014
If it were only for the beautiful and moving Lucia Bose, one has to see this early Antonioni movie. She plays the role of an actress whose success is due to her looks and not her acting. She is prey to an abusive husband, a cowardly lover, meretricious producers and directors. The film is both a wonderful portrait of woman and a reflection on the art of cinema as well as a criticism of the world of the studios. I like to think of it as a mirror image of the contemporary Fellini movie (il Sceicco bianco) where the heroine confronts her dream of cinematic world to reality. Antonioni's sense of architecture and of emotions is already quite evident.