The great Italian film actress Monica Vitti celebrates her 90th birthday – culture


ROME – Monica Vitti, the great Italian film actress who was “the muse of incommunicability” of legendary director Michelangelo Antonioni, turned 90 on Wednesday away from the public eye as she retired with Alzheimer’s disease since 2002.

Vitti, who starred in Antonioni’s great cycle of existential angst L’Avventura, La Notte, L’eclissi and Deserto Rosso in the 1960s, has beefed up its lineup and acclaimed in popular lighter, sexier and more popular dishes. funnier by another great filmmaker, Mario Monicelli, often with the great comedian Alberto Sordi.

Among the male actors she played opposite were Marcello Mastroianni, Alain Delon, Richard Harris, Terence Stamp, Michael Caine and Dirk Bogarde.

She won five David di Donatello Awards for Best Actress, seven Italian Golden Globes for Best Actress, the Career Golden Globe and the Career Golden Lion from the Venice Film Festival.

A documentary by Fabrizio Corallo marking her birthday features comedic actor and director Carlo Verdone saying “(Alberto) Sordi thought she was great, better than any other female role, because of her proverbial timing, and he loved her too. “.

He added: “Ordinary people felt that she was close to them, she had entered everyone’s heart.”

Other notable Vitti films include On My Way to the Crusades, I Met a Girl Who … (1967) with Tony Curtis, The Girl with a Pistol (1968) with Stanley Baker, The Bitch Wants Blood (1969) with Maurice Ronet, and Help Me, My Love (1969) with Sordi, the most popular Italian comic actor of his generation.

Vitti starred with Marcello Mastroianni in Ettore Scola’s highly successful romantic comedy Dramma della gelosia (The Pizza Triangle, 1970). She followed him with Ninì Tirabusciò, la donna che inventò la mossa (1970), Le coppie (1970) with Sordi, The Pacifist (1970), La supertestimone (1971), That’s How We Women Are (1971) and Orders Are Orders (1972).

Vitti was in a version of La Tosca (1973) and a comedy Teresa the Thief (1973). She directed Polvere di stelle (1973), directed by Alberto Sordi, for which in 1974 she won the David di Donatello prize for best actress.

Vitti played a key role in one of the episodic vignettes of Luis Buñuel’s Phantom of Liberty (1974). She made two films with Claudia Cardinale, The Immortal Bachelor (1975) and Blonde in Black Leather (1975).

She was in Duck in Orange Sauce (1975), Mimì Bluette … fiore del mio giardino (1976), Basta che non si sappia in giro! ..

(1977), L’altra metà del cielo (1977), State Reasons (1978), Il cilindro (1978), Per vivere meglio, divertitevi con noi (1978), Amori miei (1978) and Tigers in Lipstick (1979) ( with Ursula Andress).

Vitti’s second English film was An Almost Perfect Affair (1979), directed by Michael Ritchie and starring Keith Carradine, which was set during the Cannes Film Festival.

In 2000, Vitti married Roberto Russo, with whom she has been in a relationship since 1973. She made her last public appearance in 2002 at the Paris premiere of the musical Notre-Dame de Paris. In 2011, it was revealed that Alzheimer’s disease had “taken her from the public eye for the past 15 years.” In 2018, her husband confirmed that she still lives at his home in Rome and that he takes care of her personally, with the help of a caregiver.

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