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Isa Miranda, one of Italy's greatest stars, plays the role of a star (in the part that made her a star) pressed to revisit the entire history of her lovers to the present moment through an inexorable web of flashbacks... brought on by the anaesthetic following a failed suicide attempt. From the record revolving on a turntable in the picture's opening moments, Ophuls sets into motion one of those roundelays with fate that he alone could pull off with such eminent elegance.
A precursor to the romantic themes that would culminate in Lola Montès, Ophuls' vertiginous La signora di tutti serves brilliantly as both a critique of one grande dame's own powerful narcissism, and an elevation of her glacial femininity to the level of sublime fetish.
• A new and exclusive video essay about the film by film scholar Tag Gallagher
• Optional English subtitles
• A lengthy booklet containing a new and exclusive essay on the film by filmmaker and critic Luc Moullet; and newly translated excerpts of an interview with star Isa Miranda, and remarks by director Max Ophuls.
Format: 1.37:1 OAR/ B&W
Subtitles: English (Optional)