La paloma (1974)


A love story between a “demi-mondaine” kept by various lovers, suffering from tuberculosis, and a young provincial bourgeois. Adaptation from the novel by Alexandre Dumas, fils, “The Lady of the Camellias”.

Director: Daniel Schmid.
Writer: Daniel Schmid.
Stars: Ingrid Caven, Peter Kern, Peter Chatel, Béatrice Stoll, Ludmilla Tucek, Manon, Irene Olgiatti, Pierre Edernac, Bulle Ogier.

1974 Chicago International Film Festival – Nominated for the Gold Hugo.


Note: Great movie, unfortunately not so great copy, even though the image quality is not bad there’s constant vibration throughtout the whole film, I guess this was already present in the VHS which this copy is sourced from, it’s the only copy I’ve been able to find, hopefully a better one will surface soon, if it does I’ll post it to upgrade this one.

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  1. January 18, 2022

    I like that with movies, you can do it so that everything is in a second, that the way it begins, it ends—because where are the ends in life? In Tonight or Never the first shot is the same as the last shot. GI I was confused by La Paloma because it only becomes a hallucination at the very end.

  2. January 24, 2022

    More One of the most insanely beautiful openings, but that’s about all folks. If in Shadow of Angels , iconoclastic Swiss director Daniel Schmid demonstrated that, in adapting a play by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, he could in effect out-Fassbinder Fassbinder himself, his previous film La Paloma is a far more inscrutable work, and probably more distinctively Schmid’s own.

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