A small movie role for shopclerk Clara develops into a full-blown career as a 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.
Before he cemented his reputation as a master of modernism, Michelangelo Antonioni circled the boundaries of genre. At once a showbiz melodrama and a sharp critique of the Italian film industry starring the magnetic Lucia Bosè, The Lady Without Camelias stands among the greatest of his early films.
Michelangelo Antonioni, 1957, Italy
Takeshi Kitano, 1996, Japan
Yeşim Ustaoğlu, 1999, Turkey
Erick Zonca, 2008, France
Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong
Götz Spielmann, 2008, Austria
Wong Kar Wai, 2004, Hong Kong
Vincent Paronnaud,Marjane Satrapi, 2007, France
Walter Salles, 2004, Argentina
Harmony Korine, 2007, United States