La Signora Senza Camelie
La Signora Senza Camelie (1953)

A young actress breaks into the Italian film industry but discovers that the public is interested in her only when she appears in sleazy, titillating roles, dashing her dreams of a more respectable and artistically satisfying career.

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 26, 1953
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

I thought Lady very weak, with little hint in it of the Antonioni to come, which was surprising because even earlier Antonioni, Story of a Love, seemed stranger and more prophetic of the giant en route.

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Fernando F. Croce

An impeccable early scene has Antonioni defining mise-en-scène before your eyes -- a torrid kiss is rehearsed on a bed, the camera dollies in and the sketch becomes a fresco, with off-screen whispers acting as meta-reminders.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Perhaps the most unjustly neglected of Michelangelo Antonioni's early features.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

Although casting a dismissive eye over the Cinecittá ballyhoo, Antonioni is more concerned with the psychological impact of Bosé's lonely predicament.

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David Thompson
Time Out

The resulting cocktail is slight on psychology, but invariably stunning to behold.

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Antonioni's exquisite film is obviously a comment on the fickle nature of his chosen industry, but more importantly (considering the nature of his subsequent work) a formative parable on society's unsustainable expectations of women.

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