Elena Maureen Bertolini, known as Marina Berti, was an English-born Italian film actress. Her first screen appearance was in the Anna Magnani film, La Fuggitiva in 1941 and she appeared mainly in small roles and in the occasional leading role in nearly 100 films both Italian and American. Her appearances include Quo Vadis, Abdulla the Great, Ben Hur, Cleopatra, If Its Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium, night Train Murders, and the TV miniseries Moses the Lawgiver and Jesus of Nazareth. Her last film appearance was in the Costa-Gavras film Amen. in 2002 and she was married to the Italian actor Claudio Gora from 1944 until his death in 1998. She was the mother of actresses Andrea Giordana and Marina Giordana, Marina Berti at the Internet Movie Database Marina Berti at Find a Grave
Carlo Bagno was an Italian actor. Born in Lendinara, Bagno studied acting at the Accademia Nazionale di Arte Drammatica Silvio DAmico, Bagno was mainly active on stage, where he was apprecciated especially as an actor of Ruzante plays and as a member of the Piccolo Teatro in Milan. Bagno was active on radio and cinema, in 1978 he won a Nastro dArgento for best supporting actor for his performance in Luigi Magnis In the Name of the Pope King. Carlo Bagno at the Internet Movie Database
Pier Angeli was an Italian-born television and film actress. Her American cinematographic debut was in the role of the 1951 film Teresa. She had one son with Vic Damone, her husband from 1954 to 1958, born Anna Maria Pierangeli in Cagliari, Italy. Her twin sister is the actress Marisa Pavan, Angeli made her film debut with Vittorio De Sica in Domani è troppo tardi, after being spotted by director Léonide Moguy and De Sica. She was discovered by Hollywood, and MGM launched her in her first American film, directed by Fred Zinnemann, this film saw the joint debuts of Rod Steiger and John Ericson. Reviews for her performance in the film compared her to Greta Garbo, under contract to MGM throughout the 1950s, she appeared in a series of films, including The Light Touch with Stewart Granger. Plans for a film of Romeo and Juliet with her and Marlon Brando fell through when a British-Italian production was announced, after discovering Leslie Caron, another continental ingénue, MGM lent Angeli out to other studios.
She went to Warner Bros. for The Silver Chalice, which marked the debut of Paul Newman, Angeli was lent out again, to Columbia, for Port Afrique. She returned to MGM for Somebody Up There Likes Me as Paul Newmans long-suffering wife and she appeared in The Vintage with Mel Ferrer and John Kerr, and finished her contract in Merry Andrew, starring Danny Kaye. She appeared with Vic Damone as a guest on the June 17,1956 episode of Whats My Line, during the 1960s and until 1970, Angeli returned to live and work in Britain and Europe. She had a role in the war epic Battle of the Bulge. 1968 found Angeli in Israel, top billed in Every Bastard a King, according to Kirk Douglas autobiography, he and Angeli were engaged in the 1950s after meeting on the set of the film The Story of Three Loves. For a short time, Angeli had a relationship with James Dean, she broke off the relationship and went on to marry singer. Her marriage to Damone ended in divorce, followed by highly publicized court battles for the custody of their one son and her second marriage was to Italian composer Armando Trovajoli, with whom she had another son, Andrew.
At the age of 39, Angeli was found dead of a barbiturate overdose in her home at 355 S. McCarty Drive. She is interred in the Cimetière des Bulvis, in Rueil-Malmaison, Hauts-de-Seine and she was portrayed by Valentina Cervi in the 2001 TV movie James Dean, which depicted her relationship with Dean. In 2015, she was portrayed by Alessandra Mastronardi in the James Dean biopic. Pier Angeli at the Internet Movie Database Pier Angeli at AllMovie Pier Angeli at Find a Grave Pier Angeli Official Site Photographs and literature
Gianni Amelio is an Italian film director. Amelio was born in San Pietro di Magisano, province of Catanzaro and his father moved to Argentina soon after his birth. He spent his youth and adolescence with his mother and his grandmother, the absence of a paternal figures will be a constant in Amelios future works. During his university studies of philosophy in Messina, Amelio got interested in cinema, in 1965 he moved to Rome, where he worked as operator and assistant director for figures such as Liliana Cavani and Vittorio De Seta. He worked for television, directing documentaries and advertisements, Amelios first important work is the TV film La città del sole, directed in 1973 for RAI TV and inspired to Tommaso Campanellas work. This was followed by Bertolucci secondo il cinema a documentary about 1900 shooting, two years he directed the mystery La morte al lavoro, which won prizes at Locarno and Hyères festivals. Il piccolo Archimede of 1979 was critically acclaimed, in 1982 he debuted for cinema proper with Colpire al cuore, about Italian terrorism, presented at the Venice Film Festival.
1989s Porte aperte, featuring Gian Maria Volontè, confirmed Amelios status as one of Italys best film directors, the film received 4 Felix,2 Silver Ribbon,4 David di Donatello and 3 Golden Globes awards. Also successful was Il ladro di bambini in 1992, which won the Special Prize of Jury at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival plus two Silver Ribbon and 5 David di Donatello. In 1994 Lamerica, about Albanian immigration in Italy, repeated the fate, four years later, Così ridevano won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. Amelio gained another Silver Ribbon as best director for Le chiavi di casa, inspired to a novel by Giuseppe Pontiggia, Amelio was a member of jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1995. In 2006 he released his eighth film, La stella che non cè
Giuseppe Avati, better known as Pupi Avati, is an Italian film director and screenwriter. He is known to horror fans for his two masterpieces of the macabre, The House with Laughing Windows and Zeder. Pupi Avati was born in Bologna in 1938, after attending school and studying Political Science at the University of Bologna, he started working at a frozen food company. At the same time, he developed a passion for jazz, in the second half of the 1950s, he formed and played in the Doctor Dixie Jazz Band, of which Lucio Dalla was a member. Although he initially intended to be a musician, Avati felt he lacked the necessary talent. In the mid-1960s, he decided to dedicate himself to cinema after seeing Federico Fellinis 8½, avatis passion for music, as well as his love for his hometown, which was the setting of many of his films, were to become recurrent themes found in his productions. His filmography as a director includes almost forty films and television works, as a screenwriter, Avati wrote or co-authored the majority of his movies, as well as screenplays for other directors.
He cooperated on the script of Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini and he produced several films for other directors and in his own work. Many of his movies are produced by his brother Antonio Avati. According to Avati, the TV series Jazz Band, written about the story of the Doctor Dixie Jazz Band marked a point for his work. The subject of his movies began coming from his own experience, and his cinema became more nostalgic, moreover, the series was successful and brought Avati to the attention to a wider public compared to his previous films. During his career as a director and producer, Avati was nominated for the Golden Palm, Silver Ribbons, David di Donatello Awards and he won two David di Donatello Awards and five Silver Ribbons. Avati was nominated Commendatore Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana on 2 June 1995 and he has presided over the Federico Fellini Foundation, created in 1995, in memory of the great Rimini-born director. In 2008, Avati published his autobiography, Sotto le stelle di un film, inspired by the autobiography of the director, in 2010, Claudio Costa made a documentary film of interviews and animations, called Pupi Avati, ieri oggi domani.
He started his career in the movies with two grotesque comical horror movies with surreal plots, the first was Balsamus, luomo di Satana in 1968, one of the few films where the screenplay was not written by Avati. This film was followed a year by Thomas e gli indemoniati, in 1974, Avati made the bizarre La mazurka del barone, della santa e del fico fiorone, a movie with an almost fairy-tale-like atmosphere in a style reminiscent of the movies of Federico Fellini. In 1975, his fantasy, caused a commotion resulting in some censorship. In 1976, Avati directed the film, La casa dalle finestre che ridono, set in the Po Valley in Emilia–Romagna
Bernardo Bertolucci is an Italian director and screenwriter, whose films include The Conformist, Last Tango in Paris,1900, The Last Emperor, The Sheltering Sky, Stealing Beauty and The Dreamers. In recognition of his work, he was presented with the inaugural Honorary Palme dOr Award at the ceremony of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Since 1979, he has married to screenwriter Clare Peploe. Bertolucci was born in the Italian city of Parma, in the region of Emilia-Romagna and he is the elder son of Ninetta, a teacher, and Attilio Bertolucci, who was a poet, a reputed art historian and film critic. His mother was born in Australia, to an Italian father, Bertolucci had one brother, the theatre director and playwright Giuseppe. His cousin was the film producer Giovanni Bertolucci, with whom he has worked on a number of films, Bertolucci initially wished to become a poet like his father. With this goal in mind, he attended the Faculty of Modern Literature of the University of Rome from 1958 to 1961, shortly after, Bertolucci left the University without graduating.
In 1962, at the age of 22, he directed his first feature film, produced by Tonino Cervi with a screenplay by Pasolini, the film is a murder mystery, following a prostitutes homicide. Bertolucci uses flashbacks to piece together the crime and the person who committed it, the film which shortly followed was his acclaimed Before the Revolution. Bertolucci caused controversy in 1972 with the film Last Tango in Paris, starring Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider, Jean-Pierre Léaud and Massimo Girotti. The film presents Brandos character, Paul, as he uses an affair to cope with the violent death of his wife by emotionally and physically dominating a young woman. The depictions of Schneider, 19 years old, were regarded as exploitative, in one scene, Paul anally rapes Jeane using butter as a lubricant. The use of butter was not in the script and Brando had discussed it and she said in 2007 that she had cried real tears during the scene and had felt humiliated and a little raped. In 2013 Bertolucci said he had withheld the information from her to generate a reaction of frustration.
Brando alleged that Bertolucci had wanted the characters to have real sex, because of the scandal surrounding the films release, Schneider became a drug addict and suicidal. She became a rights advocate, in particular fighting for more female film directors, more respect for female actors. Criminal proceedings were brought against Bertolucci in Italy for the anal-sex scene, an Italian court revoked Bertoluccis civil rights for five years and gave him a four-month suspended prison sentence. Bertolucci appeared on the Radio Four programme Front Row on April 29,2013, during the making of Last Tango in Paris, Bertolucci toyed with the idea of adapting Dashiell Hammetts book Red Harvest into a feature film
Ambra Angiolini is an Italian actress, TV host and singer. She continued working as an actress in fims like Black and White, The Immature, Viva lItalia, Do You Remember Me. and The Choice. On 9 October 1997, she was notably in Dario Fos car recording an interview with him when a car drew up alongside with a placard in the window exclaiming Dario. Meaning Fos initial reaction was captured on film, in 1992, at the age of 15, she took part in the second edition of Non è la RAI. She left the show in 1995 to host Generatione X in Italia 1 and she hosted the shows Super, Non dimenticate lo spazzolino da denti and Cominciamo bene estate during the subsequent years, as well as Stasera niente MTC in MTV Italy. Her first album Tappartengo was released in 1994 and it was an instant success, the following year she recorded a Spanish version, Te pertenezco, for the Spanish and Latin American markets. In 1997 she was invited to take part in the Viña del Mar International Song Festival in Chile and her follow-up album, was released in 1996.
Her third album Ritmo vitale was released in 1997 in Italy and her last album InCanto was released in 1999 only in Italy. Ambra was born in Rome to Doriana and Alfredo and she now lives in Brescia with the singer-songwriter Francesco Renga. They have two children and Leonardo
Ingrid Bergman was a Swedish actress who starred in a variety of European and American films. She won three Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, a BAFTA Award, and the Tony Award for Best Actress. She is best remembered for her roles as Ilsa Lund in Casablanca and as Alicia Huberman in Notorious, before becoming a star in American films, Bergman had been a leading actress in Swedish films. Her introduction to American audiences came with her role in the English-language remake of Intermezzo. Selznicks financial problems meant that Bergman was often loaned to other studios, apart from Casablanca, her performances from this period include Victor Flemings remake of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Bells of St. Marys. Her last films for Selznick were Alfred Hitchcocks Spellbound and Notorious and her final film for Hitchcock was Under Capricorn. After a decade in American films, she starred in Roberto Rossellinis Stromboli, many of her personal and film documents can be seen in the Wesleyan University Cinema Archives.
According to the St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, Bergman quickly became the ideal of American womanhood, in 2007, the American Film Institute ranked Bergman as the fourth-greatest female screen legend of classic American cinema. Bergman, named after Princess Ingrid of Sweden, was born on 29 August 1915 in Stockholm, to a Swedish father, Justus Bergman, when she was two years old, her mother died. Her father, who was an artist and photographer, died when she was 13, in the years before he died, he wanted her to become an opera star, and had her take voice lessons for three years. But she always knew from the beginning that she wanted to be an actress, sometimes wearing her mothers clothes and her father documented all her birthdays with a borrowed camera. After his death, she was sent to live with an aunt and she moved in with her Aunt Hulda and Uncle Otto, who had five children. Another aunt she visited, Elsa Adler, first told Ingrid, when she was 11, that her mother may have had some Jewish blood, but her aunt cautioned her about telling others about her possible ancestry as there might be some difficult times coming.
Biographer Aleksandra Ziolkowska-Boehm, notes that the claim of Jewish blood was likely an embellishment, after being forced to do an in-depth genealogical investigation, Bergmans maternal cousin found there to be no Jewish ancestry on Bergmans mothers side. Later, she received a scholarship to the state-sponsored Royal Dramatic Theatre School, after several months she was given a part in a new play, Ett Brott, written by Sigfrid Siwertz. Chandler notes that this was totally against procedure at the school, during her first summer break, she was hired by a Swedish film studio, which led to her leaving the Royal Dramatic Theatre after just one year, to work in films full-time. Her first film role after leaving the Royal Dramatic Theatre was a part in 1935s Munkbrogreven. She went on to act in a films in Sweden, including En kvinnas ansikte, which was remade as A Womans Face with Joan Crawford