The second 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 Bosé, 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 -- the tenuous hold of an individual on her identity, and the dangers inherent to performance, in life and on-screen. SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDING: * Beautiful new transfer of the film in its original 1.37:1 aspect ratio, presented in a 1080p AVC encode on the Blu-ray * 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 * Optional English subtitles * A lengthy booklet containing newly translated critical pieces about the film, excerpts of interviews with Antonioni, and a lengthy debate between Antonioni and critic Luigi Chiarini on the subject of the film.
United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region B DVD: LANGUAGES: Italian ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Italian ( Dolby DTS-HD Master Audio ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Booklet, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Remastered, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Signora Senza Camelie (Lady without Camelias or Camille without Camelias) was the third feature-length directorial effort by Michelangelo Antonioni. It is possible that the director invested a great deal of himself in the story's central character, a film producer played by Gino Cervi. Turning shopgirl Clara Manni (Lucia Bose) into a major movie star, Ercole "Ercolino" (Cervi) caps this Svengalilike action by marrying the girl. Her head in the clouds, Clara demands that her husband star her in an "artistic" production, rather than the sexy vehicles in which she's previously appeared. When the film bombs, so does the marriage. The film ends with a backhanded paean to "public taste," a commodity Antonioni seldom bothered himself with in his future films. ...The Lady Without Camelias ( La signora senza camelie ) ( La dame sans camélia (Camille Without Camelias) ) (Blu-Ray)