"La Signora di Tutti"
Directed by Max Ophuls
The only film that
Ophuls made in Italy, La Signora di Tutti features Isa Miranda as Gaby Doriot, a
film star at the peak of her popularity with the public and in the depths of despair in
her private life. As the film opens, she has attempted suicide. Under ether on the
operating table, her life unfolds for her (us) in a series of fragmented flashbacks. A
powerful melodrama transcended by sheer stylistic splendor; the visual lyricism of Ophuls'
camera movements is at times breathtaking. Italian with English subtitles.