La Signora Di Tutti

La Signora Di Tutti


Reviewed by: Nicola Osborne

Truly an extended exercise in soap opera, La Signora Di Tutti tells the tale of Gaby, the daughter of a military man who has lived a life of scandal before becoming a successful movie actress. Her life story is told through flashback as she undergoes medical treatment for a suicide attempt that has taken place before her big comeback tour.

Typically, Ophuls is very visual, with the early medical scenes taking on an almost sci-fi feel, however, the film quality and camera work show their age and the clever touches Ophuls brings to his later work barely feature, though he uses as many novelty cutting techniques as he can (fading in and out of shots is a particular favourite of his here).

The story is true hokum... our poor heroine finds that men simply keep falling in love with her, with destructive consequences.

The main portion of the film is dedicated to showing how each member of a family falls for her starting with the intoxication of the son, but gradually affecting both his mother and father as well. Yup... it's all very torrid stuff with Isa Miranda looking beautiful, slightly bewildered and not a little dangerous in the lead role.

Not the greatest of the director's work this is one for romantics and fans of tragic love affairs.

Reviewed on: 19 Jan 2001
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The story of a woman who has lived a scandalous life.

Director: Max Ophuls

Writer: Curt Alexander, based on the novel by Salvatore Gotta

Starring: Isa Miranda, Memo Benassi, Friedrich Benfer, Tatyana Pavlova and Nelly Corradi

Year: 1934

Runtime: 97 minutes

Country: Italy


EIFF 2000

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