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Scarlet Lady, The (1968)
Starring: Maurice Ronet, Monica Vitti, Claudio Brook, Robert Hossein
Director: Jean Valere
Category: Comedy
Studio: Pathfinder Home Entertainment
90 mins



When blond, beautiful Eva (Monica Vitti) finds out that she's been swindled out of her perfume empire by her lover Julien (Robert Hossein), she decides to terminate him and then do away with her own life. But not before she gets to feast on champagne and caviar, drive a luxury Daimler with utter recklessness, dance with total abandon to the sounds of British rock, and go shopping like there's (literally) no tomorrow. So, instead of a revenge thriller, a spirited comedy ensues where the heroine discovers the pleasure of simply being alive. Although she attracts the attention of several suitors, a chance encounter with an earnest executive (Maurice Ronet), brings the promise of solid romance - if he succeeds in racing against time to deter her from her self-destructive mission.

The primary joy of this quirky, unsettling journey into the unexpected is the Scarlet Lady herself. Never more beautiful or sexy, Monica Vitti will surprise those who know her only from the grim existential parables of Michelangelo Antonioni as she switches from a sigh of despair to an innocent squeal of joy, from grim determination to some free-spirited escapade in the fabulous Paris of the late 1960s.