The great Marcello Mastroianni

Today we are going to remember the great Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni!

Marcello Mastroianni was an Italian film actor. His prominent films include La Dolce Vita ;8½; La Notte; Divorce, Italian Style; Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow; Marriage Italian-Style; A Special Day; and Ready to Wear. Mastroianni was paired up with Sophia Loren in twelve movies over a period of twenty years, and co-starred in five movies with his real-life former lover Catherine Deneuve.

His honours included British Film Academy Awards, Best Actor awards at the Cannes Film Festival and two Golden Globe Awards.

Biography:

Mastroianni was born in Fontana Liri, a small village in the Apennines in the province of Frosinone, Lazio, and grew up in Turin and Rome.

He was the son of Ida (née Irolle) and Ottone Mastroianni, who ran a carpentry shop, and the nephew of the Italian sculptor Umberto Mastroianni (1910–1998).

During World War II, after the division into Axis and Allied Italy, he was interned in a loosely guarded German prison camp, from which he escaped to hide in Venice.

Mastroianni married Italian actress Flora Carabella (1926–1999) in 1950. They separated in the early 1960s but remained legally married until his death. They had one child together, Barbara. After the separation, he cohabited with actress Faye Dunaway for two years.

His brother Ruggero Mastroianni (1929–1996) was a highly regarded film editor who not only edited a number of his brother’s films, but appeared alongside Marcello in Scipione detto anche l’Africano, a spoof of the once popular peplum/sword and sandal film genre released in 1971.

Mastroianni had a daughter, Chiara Mastroianni, with the actress Catherine Deneuve, his longtime lover during the 1970s. He cohabited with author and filmmaker Anna Maria Tatò for the last 21 years of his life. Both of his daughters, as well as Deneuve and Tato, were at his bedside when he died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 72.

The Trevi Fountain in Rome, associated with his role in Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita”, was symbolically turned off and draped in black as a tribute.

His brilliant career:

In 1945, Mastroianni started working for a film company and began taking acting lessons. His first role was in I Miserabili (1948).

He soon became a major international celebrity, starring in Big Deal on Madonna Street; and in Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita with Anita Ekberg in 1960, where he played a disillusioned and self-loathing tabloid columnist who spends his days and nights exploring Rome’s high society.

Mastroianni followed La Dolce Vita with another signature role, that of a film director who, amidst self-doubt and troubled love affairs, finds himself in a creative block while making a movie in Fellini’s  “8½”.

His prominent films include La Dolce Vita; La Notte; Divorce, Italian Style; Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow; Marriage Italian-Style; A Special Day; and Ready to Wear, opposite Sophia Loren. Mastroianni and Loren were one of the most successful and enduring screen couples of cinema history, paired up in 14 movies over twenty years.

Mastroianni, Dean Stockwell and Jack Lemmon are the only actors to have been twice awarded the Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival. Mastroianni won it in 1970 for Dramma della gelosia – tutti i particolari in cronaca and in 1987 for Dark Eyes.

Awards and recognition:

1962 – winner, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor
1962 – nomination, Academy Award for Best Actor (Divorzio all’italiana)
1963 – winner, British Film Academy Award for Best Foreign Actor (Divorzio all’italiana)
1964 – winner, British Film Academy Award for Favourite Male in World Film and for Best Foreign Actor (Ieri, oggi, domani)
1970 – winner, Cannes Film Festival award for Best Actor (Dramma della gelosia – tutti i particolari in cronaca)
1977 – nomination, Academy Award for Best Actor (A Special Day)
1987 – winner, Cannes Film Festival award for Best Actor (Dark Eyes)
1987 – nomination, Academy Award for Best Actor (Dark Eyes)
1989 – winner, Venice Film Festival Best Actor (Che ora è?)
1993 – recipient, Honorary César.
1997 – recipient, David di Donatello Prize, Career Achievement.

Remembering the great Marcello Mastroianni!

Jacqueline

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