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Lady of the Camelias (1981)

La storia vera della signora dalle camelie (original title)
A young girl from the provinces, comes to Paris with one goal: to become a part of the rich bourgeoisie. To achieve this she will use her unique beauty and charm.

Director:

Mauro Bolognini

Writers:

Alexandre Dumas fils (based on the novel by), Jean Aurenche (scenario) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Isabelle Huppert ... Alphonsine Plessis
Gian Maria Volontè ... Plessis
Bruno Ganz ... Count Perregaux
Fabrizio Bentivoglio ... Dumas son
Clio Goldsmith ... Clemence
Mario Maranzana Mario Maranzana ... Dumas father
Yann Babilée Yann Babilée ... Agenor
Carla Fracci Carla Fracci ... Marguerite Gauthier
Cécile Vassort ... Henriette
David Jalil David Jalil ... Maxence
Piero Vida Piero Vida
Fabio Traversa ... Priest
Remo Remotti Remo Remotti
Mattia Sbragia
Clara Colosimo Clara Colosimo
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Storyline

A young girl from the provinces, comes to Paris with one goal: to become a part of the rich bourgeoisie. To achieve this she will use her unique beauty and charm.

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

26 February 1981 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

A Dama das Camélias See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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Goofs

Marie Duplessis didn't die on her father arms, but in fact, in her husband arms the count Perregaux. See more »

Alternate Versions

The film was issued also in a "long" version, broadcast on TV in 3 episodes of 6o' each, See more »

Connections

Version of La signora delle camelie (1915) See more »

Soundtracks

Petite créature
Lyrics by Mauro Bolognini
Music by Ennio Morricone
Performed by Luciana Turina
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Love, life
7 March 2014 | by PadmeAgnesSee all my reviews

La storia vera della signora delle camelie or the "real" story of La Dame aux Camélias is also based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas fils. The tragic love story of a poor writer who falls in love with a courtesan. Only Marie Duplessis is now called 'Alphonsine' instead of Camille (Greta Garbo film), Violetta (opera) or Marguerite (book/ballet).

The settings are raw in the beginning and beautiful splendor in the end. It's a consistent view of a woman who wants to get a better life. The conversations aren't romantic and some scenes actually show you what a 'courtesan' does for a living. Something the other versions don't.

Isabelle Huppert as Alphonsine looks meek, even subdue and bored but what fascinated me about her acting was the passion that's there ... somewhere. She depicts a person who at first takes this profession as a way to survive and then later on takes delight in the power she has over men and the money she earns with it. Yes, she's ill and it's shown frequently, trying to get a sympathy vote. What remains tragic is the fact that she can't hold on to her life, both profession as -Life-.

It's my favorite film version of La Dame aux Camélias. The 8 rate is due Huppert's performance. The slowness in the movie and my dislike of the actors was the reason for the original 7 rate and the only reason I don't rate it a 9 because I watched it a couple of times.


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