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Today’s Memory – Marcello Mastroianni

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Marcello Mastroianni

28 September 1924, Fontana Liri, Italy – 19 December 1996, Paris, France


Marcello Vincenzo Domenico Mastroianni, Knight Grand Cross was actor who became the preeminent leading man in Italian cinema during the 1960s. An attractive man whose acting style projected a mood of casual affability, he achieved international fame as the screen symbol of the modern European.

As the star of Le notti bianche (White Nights, 1957),

Le Notti Bianche / White Nights (1957)

he was noticed by the Italian director Federico Fellini who cast him in the leading role of the world-weary journalist in La dolce vita (The Sweet Life, 1960), the award-winning film that established Mastroianni’s international reputation.

La Dolce Vita / The Sweet Life (1960) The Fountain Scene

It was followed by other outstanding pictures: La notte (The Night, 1960),

La notte /The Night (1960) Final Scene

Divorzio all’italiana (Divorce – Italian Style, 1961) and Otto e mezzo (8 1/2, 1963), an Academy Award-winning film also directed by Fellini, with Mastroianni as a creative film director.

Divorce, Italian Style (1961)

The comedies Ieri, oggi, domani (Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, 1964) and Matrimonio all’italiana (Marriage – Italian Style, 1964) were two of the many films in which he costarred with the Italian actress Sophia Loren.

A Fine Romance (1992)

He also appeared with Loren in I girasoli (Sunflower, 1969), La moglie del prete (The Priest’s Wife, 1970) and Una giornata speciale (A Special Day, 1977). Mastroianni continued to act until his death and held starring roles in about 120 films over the course of his long career.

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

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