Claudia Cardinale
Italian actress
Claudia Cardinale
Claudia Cardinale is an Italian Tunisian actress, and has appeared in some of the most prominent European films of the 1960s and 1970s. Her primary language is French, and the majority of Cardinale's films have been either Italian or French. She was also an iconic sex symbol of the 1960s.
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Stars at the Marrakech International Film Festival: from Juliette Binoche and Charlotte Rampling to Nicolas Winding Refin and Abbas Kiarostami
Huffington Post - about 3 years
It's exciting to walk through the old center of Marrakech and see a Western movie high on a screen in the plaza, with a minaret glowing in the background, and hundreds of Moroccans enjoying this film treat from the Marrakech International Film Festival. The Marrakech Film Festival, now in its 13th year, is one of the most important in the world, with stars and directors coming from all over the world to attend: Juliette Binoche, Claudia Cardinale, Atiq Rahimi, Sharon Stone, Charlotte Rampling, Martin Scorsese and Hirozaku Kore-eda etc. As artistic director Bruno Barde told me: "It is also a unique festival in that it is the only one in the Arab world which has no censorship." Morocco, he reminded me with enthusiasm, has an open and passionate relationship with the arts. "There are festivals in every town. Music festivals, art festivals, film festivals. The King of Morocco traditionally has the role to protect all beliefs: to protect art and culture." His Royal Highness ...
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Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences Honors Angelina Jolie With Humanitarian Award
Huffington Post - over 3 years
By Mary Milliken LOS ANGELES, Nov 16 (Reuters) - The Hollywood film industry recognized Angelina Jolie on Saturday with a humanitarian award for her work with refugees and advocating for human rights through her film career. Actors Angela Lansbury and Steve Martin and costume designer Piero Tosi also received what are called "honorary Oscars" for their contributions to film at the annual Governors Awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In a celebrity-packed room, with partner Brad Pitt and Cambodia-born son Maddox by her side, Jolie was introduced by Bosnian and Serbian cast members from her directorial debut, "In the Land of Blood and Honey." They thanked her for giving those who lived the Balkan war a chance to express themselves. The 38-year-old Oscar winner is a special envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and has made more than 40 field missions, including recent ...
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The Regards of Women in Italian Cinema
Huffington Post - over 3 years
An old friend contacted me this week referring to Marina Abramovic's unforgettable performance at the MoMa in 2010. One of the first few lines of the email read: "Cos'è uno sguardo?" Translated as "What is a gaze or look?" in English. It has been in my head all day long as I have sought to answer this puzzling question. As an actress, I found myself revisiting some of the very best performances I can recall, in which an actress has so effectively conveyed her emotions. Nostalgic by nature, my recollections are steeped in the black and white classics. I still believe them to be as relevant as ever. Please indulge me for a moment as I seek to answer this question by celebrating some of the most respected Italian actresses in cinema. Growing up in Italy, my early experience and love of film was shaped by iconic stars such as Mariangela Melato and Monica Vitti. There wasn't a film of Mariangela's that I didn't love. How could one forget her performance in Lina Wertmuller's Swept Away? If ...
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What the Hell Is BB Cream?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
I had seen one too many times the mysterious "BB Cream" advertised in glossy magazines and decided to get into action and lift the veil of secrecy. What the hell is BB Cream? Immediately, I had the only association that made sense, revealed my age and brought me right back to my teenage years: BB, Brigitte Bardot, the sex-kitten from France, so naughty, so pouty, so liberated, yet so indulgently childish like Lolita, was my idol. I desperately wanted to dress like her, ballerinas, tight sweater and all, and look like her. Especially, her beehive-hairdo had cast a spell on me since her ample bust was out of my reach, being a classic gamine a la Twiggy -- who would be the next in line 10 years later as my role model. So Brigitte is back? Is what I wondered. No way, with the entire animal saving projects and feeding 16 homeless mutts in her country estate and writing poisonous crank letters to the French Government. She wouldn't have time dallying with BB Cream. Unless she needed money ...
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Now Playing
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
The Act of Killing A documentarian meets with the various gangsters who led the Indonesian death squads in the mid-1960s and, instead of merely interviewing them, has them re-enact and dramatize their crimes for film, with strange, revealing and chilling results. The Artist and the Model It's fun to watch European screen veterans Jean Rochefort and Claudia Cardinale go through their paces in this leisurely drama set during World War II. There are a few other small pleasures in this story of an aged French sculptor who finds renewed inspiration in a young model, but in the end the film lacks heft. The Attack Ali Suliman gives a riveting performance as a successful Arab surgeon in Tel Aviv who discovers his wife is a suicide bomber. Blue Jasmine Set in San Francisco and New York, this story of a woman who goes from fabulous wealth to destitution provides Cate Blanchett with her best role and represents another jewel in the crown of Woody Allen, who continues to experience a renaissan ...
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John Farr: Dressing Up: The 10 Best Period Costume Movies
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
One of the singular joys of living in New York City is The Metropolitan Museum of Art, conveniently situated right across the Park from us. I was reminded of this on Wednesday when I attended their "Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity" exhibition. Combining artwork and costumes, it showed how the finest French impressionist painters of the late-19th century were celebrating Paris as the epicenter of style and fashion in their work, by painting not just glorious gardens and vistas, but the colorful, elaborate outfits worn by the city's most prominent women. Admittedly, I'm a sucker for the Impressionists. Were I Bill Gates, I'd be snapping up any Monet or Renoir I could lay my hands on. And though you won't see me at any "Fashion Week" events, I also love and revere timeless fashion and style, by which I mean: a) Clean styles, cuts and color sense that worked in 1930, and will work in 2030. b) Fashions from the past -- say, two centuries (I'm less inter ...
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[VIDEO] Teens, Young Adults Tell Parents What's What
East Greenwich Patch - about 4 years
The lucky people who attended Monday night's joint presentation by Bob Houghtaling's TLC group and volunteers from the Teen Center got the yin and yang of the teen experience. It was impressive. The Teen Leadership Consortium (otherwise known as the TLC) got the evening rolling by breaking into three different groups, with TLC members sitting in with each group directing the discussion in three areas: school stress, social media, and communication.  The idea came out of a TLC meeting earlier in the fall, when several students talked about the expectations they feel from school, their parents, and even themselves. Monday night's event was a chance to do just that – to try to talk to parents as a group directly and let them know how it feels to be a teenager in 2012. The teenagers were remarkably open and surprisingly supportive of parents' attempts to wean their kids off social media, for instance.  "It's going to be a struggle, but it's worth it, it's definitely worth it," ...
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Critic's Pick: 'Spaghetti Westerns Unchained'
LATimes - over 4 years
American Cinematheque's tribute to spaghetti westerns takes over both the Egyptian and Aero theaters. This wonderfully titled American Cinematheque tribute to the Italian westerns that made Clint Eastwood a major star and director Sergio Leone and composer Ennio Morricone international celebrities is so big that it's taking over both the Hollywood and Santa Monica branches of the Cinematheque. At 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Egyptian Theatre, see the two films that started the trend: 1964's "A Fistful of Dollars" and the sequel, "For a Few Dollars More." The first starred Eastwood in a shameless remake of Akira Kurosawa's "Yojimbo," while the second paired him with the sinister Lee Van Cleef. At 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Aero, lose yourself in Leone's two-hour-and-45-minute "Once Upon a Time in the West." Charles Bronson, Henry Fonda and Jason Robards star as three of the least trustworthy men this side of the Via Veneto. And Claudia Cardinale has a few tricks up her sleeve as well.
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Fashion News: Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and other celebs in Paris
LATimes - over 4 years
Ellen Olivier of Society News L.A. is attending the Paris haute couture shows, where top labels are showing their collections for fall-winter 2012-13. Hollywood is well represented, she says, with sightings over the last couple of days including Shailene Woodley and Zoe Saldana at Giorgio Armani Prive (along with screen legends Sophia Loren and Claudia Cardinale); Milla Jovovich, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Matthew Morrison, Christina Hendricks, Jessica Alba, Pierce Brosnan and Elizabeth Banks at Versace (along with Chinese actress Fan Bingbing and British recording star M.I.A.); Kim Kardashian and Kanye West at Stephane Rolland; and Jovovich, Sophia Coppola and Lelie Mann at Chanel. [Society News LA] Louis Vuitton threw a cocktail party and dinner at the Ritz in Paris on Tuesday to celebrate the opening of its new store on Place Vendôme. Kirsten Dunst, Catherine Deneuve and Sophia Coppola were among the guests. [WWD] Meanwhile a blurry Instagram photo captured someone who loo ...
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Nicholas French: Hair Artist Supreme
The Epoch Times - almost 5 years
Hair by Nicholas French using Matrix products (Sarah Silver/SHE by SO.CAP USA HAIR EXTENSIONS) Nicholas French became the first honoree to earn the Beauty Maker Award (BMA) in platform artistry, awarded by the BE! Entertainment Network on April 15 at the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, N.J. “Platform artists perform and work from a stage, usually in front of beauty [industry] makers, the public, and from a few up to thousands of people at a time,” explained Steven and Annie Casciola, founders and editors of BE! Magazine. “They have the unique communication and creative skills to excite the public about the salon experience.” From this description, it is no wonder that Nicholas French merited this honor, singled out as No. 1 from among “so many people traveling the world doing this,” French said. Inspired by his late father, Freddie French, Nicholas has devised a course of innovative hair styling that triggers the imagination and ignites the fire of creativity. He said that h ...
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'Magic City' lights up Starz: A Q&A with designer Carol Ramsey
LATimes - almost 5 years
When it comes to television costumes as fashion inspiration, “Magic City,” Mitch Glazer’s new show set in Miami Beach in 1959 that premieres Friday on Starz, has the potential to be the next “Mad Men” or “Boardwalk Empire.” The show centers around the glamorous Miramar Playa Hotel, where even the call girls dress to the nines. By day, it’s cha-cha lessons and mahjong by the pool. By night, the Kennedys, the mob, the CIA and Frank Sinatra all hold court. Hotel owner Ike Evans (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is the man with the dream. His wife Vera Evans, a former showgirl (Olga Kurylenko), and his three children think he’s honorable, but he sells his soul to mob boss Ben “The Butcher” Diamond (Danny Huston) to finance the operation. I chatted with costume designer Carol Ramsey (“Meet the Fockers,” “Horrible Bosses”) about what she says was “a dream job” designing looks for beauty queens, sharp-dressed ladies' men and the seedier side that comes out at night. How is style important to this ...
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Claudia Cardinale Lounges In Checked Pants: A Look Back
The Huffington Post - almost 5 years
"A Look Back" is a daily column that highlights a moment from fashion's fabulous past. Today's pick is of Italian actress <a class="fplink fp-51316" href="/Claudia+Cardinale+1">Claudia Cardinale</a> lounging in checked pants, a simple button-down and head scarf in the 1960s. Don't you want to steal this look? Hulton Archive More...
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Burt Lancaster on TCM: THE LEOPARD, SCORPIO, THE KILLERS - Alt Film Guide (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Alain Delon and Claudia Cardinale co-star. I should add that The Leopard won the Palme d&#39;Or at the 1963 Cannes Film Festival. It also shared that year&#39;s Best Production David di Donatello Award (Italy&#39;s Oscar) with André Cayatte&#39;s Le glaive et la
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Browns game, 'Ancient Aliens' on tap tonight - New Philadelphia Times Reporter
Google News - over 5 years
Lancaster portrays Prince Don Fabrizio Salina, who allows his war hero nephew, Tancredi (Alain Delon), to marry Angelica (Claudia Cardinale), the beautiful daughter of gauche, bourgeois Don Calogero, in order to maintain the family&#39;s accustomed level
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Big deal on SW 6th: screening a classic comedy to benefit the Portland ... - OregonLive.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
It stars a young(-ish) Marcello Mastroianni and Vittorio Gassman and a radiant 20 year-old Claudia Cardinale, fresh off the boat from her native Tunisia and making her debut in European cinema. It was directed by Mario Monicelli, who was, at the time,
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REMIX; Styled to a T
NYTimes - over 5 years
The Trend Snow patrol. Apres-ski is no longer just for the Aspenites. Luxe winter-sports chic trades slopes for streets at Jil Sander, Moncler Grenoble and Burberry Prorsum. The Girl The British actress Andrea Riseborough electrifies as Sam Riley's bumbling admirer in the film adaptation of Graham Greene's ''Brighton Rock.'' She also stars in
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A MAN CALLED HORSE, RIO LOBO, BIG JAKE and ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST Blu ... - Collider.com
Google News - over 5 years
Claudia Cardinale plays Jill McBain, the wife of the recently deceased, and it&#39;s revealed that her lat ehusband was preparing to build a town knowing the train would coming through their land. That&#39;s why Frank killed the family – he works for the money
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Italian films to screen in Ha Noi - Viet Nam News
Google News - over 5 years
The cast boasts some of the most important actors of that time, including Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon and Claudia Cardinale. At the start of filming, Visconti was asked to cast a star in order to ensure that the movie earned enough money to justify its
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Claudia Cardinale
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  • 2014
    Age 75
    In a 2014 interview, she revealed her secret of success: "If you want to practise this craft, you have to have inner strength.
    More Details Hide Details Otherwise, you’ll lose your idea of who you are. Every film I make entails becoming a different woman. And in front of a camera, no less! But when I’m finished, I’m me again."
    In 2014, Cardinale portrayed a "sympathetic Italian chaperone" viscountess in the British period drama film Effie Gray, which was penned by Emma Thompson and featured Dakota Fanning in the lead role.
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  • 2013
    Age 74
    In 2013, Cardinale starred alongside supporting actresses Patricia Black and Chloé Cunha in Nadia Szold's Joy de V., and had a role in Ernst Gossner's war drama The Silent Mountain, a love story set in the Dolomite Mountains at the outbreak of World War I between Italy and Austria-Hungary in 1915.
    More Details Hide Details Gossner described her as "a terrific spirit on the set", and noted that Cardinale told the production team "legendary stories" about Marcello Mastroianni.
  • 2012
    Age 73
    In 2012, Cardinale featured opposite Jeanne Moreau and Michael Lonsdale in the final feature film to be directed by Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira, Gebo and the Shadow.
    More Details Hide Details Critically acclaimed, it has a rare 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and was shown at the 69th Venice International Film Festival. The Hollywood Reporter described it as the "ensemble of superb older performers who comprise the remainder of the dramatis personae".
  • 2010
    Age 71
    In 2010, Cardinale received the Golden Orange Best Actress Award at the 47th Antalya "Golden Orange" International Film Festival for her performance as an elderly Italian woman who takes in a young Turkish exchange student in Signora Enrica.
    More Details Hide Details The Turkish-Italian co-production was shot in location in Istanbul and Rimini.
  • 2007
    Age 68
    In 2007, Cardinale appeared in the Aline Issermann comedy film Cherche fiancé tous frais payés, opposite Alexandra Lamy and Bruno Salomone, in a role which Patrick Besson described as "atrocious".
    More Details Hide Details After a role in the TV movie Hold-up à l'italienne (2008), the following year Cardinale starred in the critically acclaimed The String, playing a Tunisian mother who has a tempestuous relationship with her French-educated gay son. Michael D. Klemm of cinemaqueer.com reflected on how the film broke many of the taboos with interracial sexuality and homosexuality. He praised Cardinale's "terrific" acting and portrayal of the "overbearing" mother, likening one scene, where she "brings home a nice girl for Malik (Antonin Stahly) to meet", to Harold and Maude (1971).
  • 2005
    Age 66
    In 2005, Cardinale appeared in a Philippe Adrien stage production of Tennessee Williams's Sweet Bird of Youth, and in the 2006/2007 season also featured in another Williams play, The Glass Menagerie, directed by Andrea Liberovici, in which she played the character of Amanda.
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  • 2000
    Age 61
    In 2000, Cardinale embarked on her stage career, starring in Maurizio Scaparro's stage production of La Venexiana, adapted by René de Ceccatty, at the Théâtre du Rond-Point in Paris.
    More Details Hide Details She also appeared in her husband's television film, Élisabeth - Ils sont tous nos enfants. Two years later, Cardinale went on a theatrical tour of Italy, performing in Luigi Pirandello's Come tu mi vuoi, which Squitieri directed. She appeared as what Roger Ebert described as a "faded countess" opposite Jeremy Irons in Claude Lelouch's thriller film And Now... Ladies and Gentlemen, portraying a character who spends her time in Fez, Morocco with handsome gigolos. The film was screened out of competition at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival. And Now... Ladies and Gentlemen received mixed reviews; A. O. Scott of The New York Times dismissed it as "sublimely silly", but praised the "impeccable CinemaScope compositions" and the "lush, suave score" by Michel Legrand.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1998
    Age 59
    In 1998, Cardinale portrayed the mother of Lola Naymark in the French picture Riches, belles, etc., a wealthy baroness who leaves her hotel to her daughter to care for during her absence.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, Cardinale played the peasant mother of two children who are members of Carmine Crocco's (Enrico Lo Verso's) army during the Garibaldi era, in her husband's historical film Li chiamarono... briganti! Poorly received, the film was boycotted, and the producers have since refused to assign the broadcasting rights.
  • 1997
    Age 58
    Later in 1997, Cardinale appeared in the films Sous les pieds des femmes and her husband's Stupor Mundi, in which she portrayed Constance of Aragon.
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    In 1997, Cardinale featured in the British-Italian television drama miniseries Nostromo, directed by Alastair Reid and produced by Fernando Ghia of Pixit Productions, a co-production with Radiotelevisione Italiana, Televisión Española, and WGBH Boston.
    More Details Hide Details It is described as "an adaptation of Joseph Conrad's epic story Nostromo of political upheaval, greed and romance in turn-of-the-20th-century South America." Cardinale and the cast were nominated for an ALMA Award for Outstanding Latino/a Cast in a Made-for-Television Movie or Mini-Series.
  • 1994
    Age 55
    In 1994, Cardinale had a role in Charlotte Dubreuil's Elles ne pensent qu'à ça, and the following year appeared in the French TV serial 10-07: L'affaire Zeus.
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  • 1993
    Age 54
    In 1993, Cardinale won the Leone d'oro alla carriera award at the Venice Film Festival, in which she was honoured along with Roman Polanski, Robert De Niro, and Steven Spielberg.
    More Details Hide Details Cardinale agreed to reunite with Blake Edwards, Herbert Lom and Burt Kwouk to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Pink Panther by making Son of the Pink Panther. It was Edward's last film, but was a critical and commercial failure, with critics despairing at the "painfully unfunny script" and the performance of Roberto Benigni as Clouseau, which earned him the Razzie Award for Worst New Star. As of July 2015 it has a rating of just 6% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 34 reviews.
  • 1991
    Age 52
    In 1991, Cardinale featured alongside Richard Berry and Omar Sharif in Henri Verneuil's Mayrig (meaning "mother"), a film about the struggles of an Armenian family that emigrates to Marseilles in France from Turkey after the Armenian Genocide of 1915.
    More Details Hide Details Such was the success of the film that Verneuil made a sequel the following year, 588, rue Paradis, also featuring the cast. Cardinale was praised by critics for her role as the mother; the Armenian General Benevolent Union of America noted the "flawless performance of these intrepid actors, especially of Claudia Cardinale".
  • 1990
    Age 51
    In 1990, Cardinale starred opposite Bruno Cremer in her husband's Atto di dolore, and appeared in the Morocco-set Soviet-Italian production, La battaglia dei tre tamburi di fuoco.
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  • 1989
    Age 50
    After a role in the comedy, Blu elettrico (1988), in 1989 Cardinale portrayed Yolande de Polastron, a favourite of Marie Antionette's, in the two-part film La Révolution française.
    More Details Hide Details Made to celebrate the bicentennial anniversary of the French Revolution, the 360-minute Robert Enrico and Richard T. Heffron film was an international production boasting a cast which included Klaus Maria Brandauer, Jane Seymour and Peter Ustinov.
  • FORTIES
  • 1987
    Age 48
    In 1987, Cardinale starred opposite Peter Coyote, Greta Scacchi and Jamie Lee Curtis in Diane Kurys's film A Man in Love (Un homme amoureux), Kurys's first English language feature.
    More Details Hide Details It was entered into the 1987 Cannes Film Festival. Cardinale's performance as Scacchi's cancer-stricken mother was praised by critics, with Desson Howe of The Washington Post highlighting the "warm and radiant" elements that she brought to the role, and Hal Hinson, also of The Post, comparing Scacchi to having "the same kind of sensuality that Cardinale brought to her earlier roles".
  • 1986
    Age 47
    In 1986, Cardinale was involved in the making of two films for television.
    More Details Hide Details In Comencini's La storia (from Elsa Morante's novel), Cardinale portrayed a widow raising a son during World War II. In her husband's Naso di Cane, a miniseries, Enrico Lancia and Roberto Poppi praised her for her "light comic touch".
  • 1985
    Age 46
    In 1985, Cardinale starred opposite Ben Gazzara and Lina Sastri in Alberto Bevilacqua's La donna delle meraviglie.
    More Details Hide Details It entered the competition at the 1985 Venice International Film Festival.
  • 1984
    Age 45
    In 1984, she played the love interest of Marcello Mastroianni in a Marco Bellocchio production of Henry IV, based on the Luigi Pirandello play of the same name.
    More Details Hide Details It was entered into the 1984 Cannes Film Festival. Squitieri's Claretta (1984), featuring Cardinale and Gemma, was entered into the competition at the 41st Venice International Film Festival. Cardinale's powerful performance as Claretta Petacci garnered her the Nastro d'Argento for Best Actress.
  • 1983
    Age 44
    In 1983, Cardinale had a role in the Waris Hussein miniseries Princess Daisy, and featured alongside Lino Ventura and Bernard Giraudeau in the French-Canadian film Le Ruffian.
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  • 1982
    Age 43
    In 1982, Cardinale appeared in Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo, playing a successful brothel owner who funds Klaus Kinski's purchase of an old steamship in South America.
    More Details Hide Details The film, inspired by the story of Peruvian rubber baron Carlos Fermín Fitzcarrald was shot on location in Brazil and Peru. The film was critically acclaimed, with Vincent Canby of The New York Times calling it "a fine, quirky, fascinating movie" and a "stunning spectacle", comparing the dynamic between Kinski and Cardinale to Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart in John Huston's The African Queen. He pointed out that although Cardinale's screen time in the film was unfortunately not substantial, she set its comic tone; he praised the way she managed to turn Kinski, renowned for his volatile temperament and portrayals of megalomaniacs and criminals into a "genuinely charming screen presence", adding a new dimension to his acting career. Later that year, Cardinale played opposite Pierre Mondy in the sex farce Le Cadeau, a role which biographers Lancia and Minelli claim was played with a "mature charm and expressiveness".
  • THIRTIES
  • 1978
    Age 39
    After a role in another Squitieri film in 1978, L'arma, Cardinale portrayed Eleana, a Greek "gutsy brothel madame" and the girlfriend of Telly Savalas in George P. Cosmatos's adventure war film, Escape to Athena (1979).
    More Details Hide Details The film, shot on location in Rhodes, was poorly received; it holds a 32% "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes as of July 2015. After a role in Si salvi chi vuole (1980), and a smaller part in Peter Zinner's The Salamander opposite Franco Nero, Anthony Quinn and Christopher Lee, Cardinale played the love interest of Marcello Mastroianni in Liliana Cavani's war picture The Skin, a film which also reunited her with Burt Lancaster. The Skin was entered into the 1981 Cannes Film Festival.
    In 1978, Cardinale appeared in Damiano Damiani's political thriller, Goodbye & Amen – L'uomo della CIA, and again featured alongside Gemma in her husband's gangster picture, Corleone, set in 1950s Sicily.
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  • 1976
    Age 37
    In 1976, Cardinale appeared in the sex comedy Il comune senso del pudore, which was directed and written by Alberto Sordi, who also co-starred.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, she had a biblical role as the Adulteress in the Jesus of Nazareth miniseries, which featured Robert Powell as Jesus, Anne Bancroft as Mary Magdalene, and Ernest Borgnine as Cornelius the Centurion. Cardinale starred in her husband's Il prefetto di ferro, which tells the story of Cesare Mori (Giuliano Gemma), an Italian prefect that before and during the Fascist period was best known as "the Iron Prefect". The film shared the 1978 David di Donatello for Best Film with In nome del Papa Re.
  • 1975
    Age 36
    In 1975, Cardinale played the daughter of a political exile (Adolfo Celi) in Mauro Bolognini Libera, My Love, a character who becomes "increasingly incensed by the fascist government of Italy and makes a number of bold and very personal gestures against it".
    More Details Hide Details Later that year she appeared in the comedies The Immortal Bachelor with Vittorio Gassman and Qui comincia l'avventura with Monica Vitti. Vitti's biographer noted how Cardinale and Vitti stood out as the female duo in a predominantly masculine cast.
  • 1972
    Age 33
    In 1972, Cardinale appeared in Marco Ferreri's L'udienza, which was screened at the 22nd Berlin International Film Festival.
    More Details Hide Details She also featured in La Scoumoune with Jean-Paul Belmondo and Michel Constantin. After a role as a Russian aristocrat opposite Oliver Reed in One Russian Summer (1973), set in pre revolutionary Russia, Cardinale starred opposite Franco Nero in I guappi (1974), a historical drama film with "poliziotteschi" and "noir" elements. Cardinale and the director Pasquale Squitieri met for the first time on set, and he would soon become her husband.
  • 1971
    Age 32
    The film, shot on location in February and March 1971, earned Cardinale a Best Actress award at the David di Donatello Awards the following year.
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    In 1971, she formed a duo with Brigitte Bardot in the French western-comedy The Legend of Frenchie King, and appeared as a prostitute opposite Alberto Sordi in Luigi Zampa's comedy A Girl in Australia.
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  • 1970
    Age 31
    In 1970, Cardinale starred opposite Peter McEnery and Eli Wallach in Jerzy Skolimowski's comedy film The Adventures of Gerard, based on The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle.
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  • 1969
    Age 30
    In 1969 Cardinale starred opposite Nino Manfredi in Luigi Magni's Nell'anno del Signore, based on the actual story of the capital execution of two Carbonari in papal Rome.
    More Details Hide Details This was followed by a role as a telephone operator in Certo certissimo... anzi probabile, and as a nurse opposite Sean Connery and Peter Finch in Mikhail Kalatozov's The Red Tent, based on the story of the mission to rescue Umberto Nobile and the other survivors of the crash of the Airship Italia.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1968
    Age 29
    In 1968, Cardinale featured opposite Franco Nero in Il giorno della civetta, in a David di Donatello for Best Actress-winning performance.
    More Details Hide Details She reunited with Rock Hudson in the Italian-made criminal comedy Ruba al prossimo tuo under director Francesco Maselli. She also appeared alongside Rod Taylor in The Hell with Heroes and starred in one of her best known roles as former prostitute Jill McBain in Sergio Leone's epic western Once Upon a Time in the West. Such was the power of her performance as the whore that Leone's biographer Robert C. Cumbow described her as "permanently engraved in cinematic history" and noted how suited to the role she was: "Her sex-goddess appearance combines with her more mystical iconographic associations to ease the progress of Jill from tart to town builder, from harlot to earth mother, from sinner to symbol of America—the apotheosis of the harlot with a heart of gold".
  • 1967
    Age 28
    At the beginning of 1967, Cristaldi joined her in the United States.
    More Details Hide Details While the two were staying in Atlanta, he surprised her by taking her to their wedding ceremony which he had arranged without her knowledge. She went ahead with the ceremony but was concerned about sacrificing the rights she had to her child Patrick. She also realized she was increasingly unable to make decisions about her own life. The marriage was never officialized in Italy.
  • 1966
    Age 27
    She married him in Atlanta in 1966 but they divorced in 1975.
    More Details Hide Details The couple had become increasingly detached and he wanted to remarry without any ties. Although Cardinale did not believe the Atlanta marriage had any status in Italy, she consented to his request. As a result, Cristaldi married Zeudi Araya and had no further contractual relationships with Cardinale. Cardinale has lived with Pasquale Squitieri, an Italian film director, since 1975. She has two children: Patrick, who was born illegitimately when she was 19 and later adopted by Cristaldi, and Claudia, whom she had with Squitieri. She is fluent in Sicilian, Arabic, French, Italian, English, and Spanish. Her niece Francesca is also an actress. Cardinale is a political liberal who has supported feminist causes over the years. She has frequently stated her pride in her Tunisian background and has great roots in Arabic culture – as evidenced by her book Ma Tunisie and her appearance as herself in the Tunisian film Un été à La Goulette ("A Summer in La Goulette"). She has been a UNESCO goodwill ambassador for the Defense of Women's Rights since March 2000, and was a goodwill ambassador for the UNESCO World Water Day for 2006.
    In 1966 a photograph of Cardinale was featured in the original gatefold artwork to Bob Dylan's album Blonde on Blonde (1966), but it was used without Cardinale's permission and removed from later pressings.
    More Details Hide Details That year she starred in Mark Robson's war picture Lost Command for Columbia Pictures opposite Anthony Quinn, Alain Delon and George Segal. Quinn expressed his love of working with Cardinale, stating that although he adored Cardinale and Loren equally, "I relate easier to Claudia, Sophia creates an impression of something larger than life, something unobtainable. But Claudia – she's not easy, still she's within reach". She also played a Mexican marquessa in Richard Brooks' western The Professionals, uniting her on screen once again with Burt Lancaster in what she considered to be her best American film. The following year she appeared in Una rosa per tutti (A Rose for Everyone) and in Alexander Mackendrick's sex farce Don't Make Waves opposite Tony Curtis. Although occasional funny moments were noted, Don't Make Waves was generally panned by the critics and the lack of chemistry with co-star Curtis was highlighted. Leonard Maltin, on the other hand, described the film as "a gem".
    In a July 1966 interview with Life, she confessed her fear of being over-glamourized and exploited, like Sophia Loren, and although she had several further U.S. films lined up, stated: "If I have to give up the money, I give it up.
    More Details Hide Details I do not want to become a cliché."
    By 1966, Cardinale was being cited as the most popular film star in Italy, even more than Mastroianni and Loren.
    More Details Hide Details Life stated that "the Cardinale appeal is a blend of solid simplicity and radiant sensuality. It moves men all over the world to imagine her both as an exciting mistress and wife." However, following her success in Hollywood, she began to express concerns about the direction of her career.
    Cristaldi largely managed her early career, and she was married to him from 1966 until 1975.
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  • 1965
    Age 26
    In 1965 Cardinale appeared in Visconti's Vaghe stelle dell'Orsa, known as Sandra (Of a Thousand Delights) in the USA and Of These Thousand Pleasures in the UK, playing a Holocaust survivor who may have had an incestuous relationship with her brother.
    More Details Hide Details Later that year she starred opposite Rock Hudson in Universal Pictures's Blindfold, the last film to be directed by Philip Dunne. Filming began on 22 February 1965 on location in Ocala, Florida. Diane Bond doubled for Cardinale in the film. Cardinale became good friends with Hudson, who proved to be very protective of her, knowing her discomfort outside of Italy. While in Hollywood, Cardinale also became friends with Barbra Streisand, Elliott Gould and Steve McQueen but she never managed to feel at home there.
  • 1964
    Age 25
    In 1964, she also played the lead role in The Magnificent Cuckold, based on the Belgian play Le Cocu magnifique.
    More Details Hide Details She was at the height of her sensuality at the time but later the film only brought back unpleasant memories for her as she experienced little empathy with the producer Antonio Pietrangeli while the male star Ugo Tognazzi tried to seduce her.
    In 1964, Cardinale starred alongside Rod Steiger and Shelley Winters in Francesco Maselli's Italian-made Gli indifferenti.
    More Details Hide Details Thereafter, she spent three years in the United States where starred in several Hollywood films. She told of how she benefited from the arrangement, explaining it was an American initiative at a time when they invited all the successful European actresses to perform in their pictures, hoping to create a monopoly. Many suffered from the experience but she was able to hold her own: "I took care of my own interests, blankly refusing to sign an exclusive contract with Universal Studios. I only signed for individual films. In the end, everything worked out fine for me. She first starred in the Henry Hathaway's Hollywood picture Circus World (1964) opposite John Wayne and Rita Hayworth, playing the daughter of Hayworth who performs with her as a mother-daughter circus act. By the end of the decade, she had returned to making films primarily in Italy, accepting a pay cut, turning her back on Hollywood stardom. Cardinale has further said, "I don't like the star system. I'm a normal person. I like to live in Europe. I mean, I've been going to Hollywood many, many times, but I didn't want to sign a contract." Film writer David Simpson notes that as a result "Cardinale never achieved the same level of fame as Loren and Gina Lollobrigida", although she appeared in a higher number of decent films.
  • 1963
    Age 24
    The finest and most prolific year of her career was 1963, when she appeared in a number of leading productions.
    More Details Hide Details She starred alongside Burt Lancaster in Visconti's The Leopard (Il Gattopardo), portraying a village girl who married a progressive young aristocrat (Alain Delon), and played a film actress cast by a director (Marcello Mastroianni) in Federico Fellini's 8½. Both films were critically acclaimed and are often cited by critics and scholars as among the greatest films ever made. She participated in the two films during exactly the same period, frequently moving from one to the other and experiencing the strictly planned approach of Visconti which contrasted strongly with Fellini's much more relaxed style and his almost total reliance on improvisation. Cardinale remembered Visconti's set as having an almost religious atmosphere, everything focused on the film, far removed the outside world. Visconti needed silence for his work while Fellini preferred noise and confusion. Until now, Cardinale's own voice had not been used in her Italian films as it was considered too hoarse and, owing to her French accent, insufficiently Italian. Not until 8½ was she allowed to use her own voice. Cardinale explained: "When I arrived for my first movie, I couldn't speak a word. I thought I was on the moon. I couldn't understand what they were talking about. And I was speaking in French; in fact I was dubbed. And Federico Fellini was the first one who used my voice. I think I had a very strange voice."
  • 1962
    Age 23
    In 1962, Cardinale was interviewed by the writer Alberto Moravia, who focused exclusively on her sexuality and body image in film, treating her as an object.
    More Details Hide Details Cardinale remarked to him: "I used my body as a mask, as a representation of myself". The interview was published in Esquire under the title The Next Goddess of Love. Cardinale was amused to discover that the interview had inspired the writer to publish La dea dell'amore (Goddess of Love) the following year, in which one of the characters, with her fine physical appearance and natural curves, closely resembled Cardinale. Just a few years later she would play a similar character in a film based on another novel by Moravia, Time of Indifference.
  • 1961
    Age 22
    Cardinale's 1961 appearances also included Henri Verneuil's French comedy Les Lions sont lâchés, and Auguste in which she had a cameo role.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, Cardinale starred opposite Jean-Paul Belmondo as Vénus in the 18th-century set adventure Cartouche, which made her a major star in France. She also played Angiolina, the romantic interest of Anthony Franciosa in Bolognini's Senilità, a character which film writer Jacek Klinowski describes as "a spirited and strikingly beautiful twenty-year-old".
    Later in 1961, Cardinale starred as a brothel owner opposite Jean-Paul Belmondo in Bolognini's La Viaccia.
    More Details Hide Details Both Girl with a Suitcase and La Viaccia were presented at the 1961 Cannes Film Festival. At the time, Cardinale was not considered comparable to the two divas of Italian cinema, Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida, but several newspapers and magazines including Paris Match began to consider her to be a credible young rival to Brigitte Bardot.
    In 1961, Cardinale portrayed a sultry nightclub singer and young mother in Valerio Zurlini's Girl with a Suitcase.
    More Details Hide Details As a result of her own experience of early motherhood, Cardinale naturally conveyed the concerns of a teenage mother, identifying fully with the character of Aida. Such was her psychological involvement that she needed several months to overcome her apprehensions and prepare for the part. Zurlini chose her for such a difficult role against everyone's advice, as she was not yet considered a "real" actress, nor was she (yet) one of the most celebrated Italian beauties. However, he was very close and supportive of Cardinale during the production, and a true friendship developed between the two, based on a deep mutual understanding. Cardinale remarked: "Zurlini was one of those who really love women: he had an almost feminine sensitivity. He could understand me at a glance. He taught me everything, without ever making demands on me.... He was really very fond of me." Cardinale was warmly praised by the critics for her performance in Girl with a Suitcase, Dennis Schwartz considering her to have been at her "charming best".
  • 1960
    Age 21
    In 1960 Cardinale starred opposite Marcello Mastroianni in Mauro Bolognini's Golden Leopard-winning drama film Il bell'Antonio.
    More Details Hide Details The film marked the start of a fruitful partnership between the two. Cardinale stated that her films with Bolognini were among the most joyful of her career, considering him to be "a great director, a man of rare professional capability, great taste and culture. Beyond that, for me personally, a sensitive and sincere friend." In Bolognini's films, thanks to her aesthetic femininity, Cardinale took roles of manipulative women who lead men to perdition. During the filming of Il bell'Antonio, her co-star Marcello Mastroianni fell in love with her, but she rejected him as she did not take his love seriously, considering him to be one of those actors who cannot help but fall in love with their co-stars. Mastroianni insisted that his feelings were genuine, even after many years. The genuine empathy between the two actors proved to be ideal for reproducing the tension between the characters in the film. Cardinale next portrayed Pauline Bonaparte in Abel Gance's French film Napoleone ad Austerlitz, and after appearing opposite Gassman and Salvatori in the sequel to Big Deal on Madonna Street, Audace colpo dei soliti ignoti, she portrayed Ginetta, the fiancée of Spiros Focás, alongside Salvatori and Alain Delon in Luchino Visconti's critically acclaimed Rocco and His Brothers. However, it was her leading performance in Francesco Maselli's Silver Spoon Set which gained her most attention during this period. Francesco Freda felt the film paved her way "to great success", noting the "sweetness of her smile" which struck a chord with the public.
  • 1959
    Age 20
    In 1959 she appeared opposite Salvatori in the mafia film Vento del sud, and played the wife of Maurizio Arena in Luigi Zampa's Il magistrato.
    More Details Hide Details Cardinale also starred opposite Pietro Germi in his crime film Un maledetto imbroglio, an important assignment for her in mastering the craft of acting while learning to feel at ease in front of the camera. Cardinale considered it to have been her first real test as an actress. She then played the role of Maria in Ralph Thomas's British film Upstairs and Downstairs, which starred Michael Craig and Anne Heywood. In her early roles she was usually dubbed, as producers considered her voice too hoarse.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1958
    Age 19
    Under the new contract, in 1958 Cardinale was given a minor role with leading Italian actors Vittorio Gassman, Totò, Marcello Mastroianni and Renato Salvatori in Mario Monicelli's internationally successful criminal comedy Big Deal on Madonna Street (I soliti ignoti).
    More Details Hide Details She portrayed Carmelita, a Sicilian girl virtually imprisoned in her home by her overpowering brother. The comedy was a huge success, making Cardinale instantly recognizable. Some newspapers were already referring to her as "la fidanzata d'Italia" (Italy's sweetheart). Later that year she had a leading role opposite Yvonne Monlaur in Claudio Gora's romantic comedy Three Strangers in Rome. Although she worked well into her seventh month, Cardinale's pregnancy was kept a tight secret. Tormented by thoughts of suicide, she fell into a state of depression. When she thought she could no longer hide her condition, she asked Cristaldi to terminate her contract. Understanding her predicament, he sent her to London for the birth, far away from the press. He simply explained that she had gone to England to learn English for a film. Cristaldi told Cardinale not to reveal her condition as she would be betraying the public and it would put an end to her career. So as to maintain the secret, he drew up a detailed American-style contract covering every little detail of her life, depriving her of any possibility of acting on her own behalf. Cardinale explained: "I was no longer master of my own body or thoughts. Even talking with a friend about anything that could make me look different from my public image was risky, as if it had been publicized, I would have been in trouble.
  • 1957
    Age 18
    The turning point came in 1957 during the Italian Cinema Week in Tunis when she won a competition for the "Most Beautiful Italian Girl in Tunisia", with a trip to the Venice Film Festival as first prize.
    More Details Hide Details After being spotted by several film producers at the event, she was invited to study at the Experimental Cinematography Center in Rome under Tina Lattanzi. She attended briefly as, despite her extremely photogenic looks, she had trouble with her acting assignments (partly owing to her difficulties with the Italian language). She left at the end of her first term and decided to return home, earning herself a cover story in the popular weekly Epoca triggered by her unexpected decision to turn her back on a career as a film star. Back in Tunis, however, Cardinale discovered unexpectedly that she was pregnant, the result of what she later described as a "terrible" relationship with a Frenchman, some ten years her senior, which began when she was only 17 and lasted for about a year. On this discovery, he wanted her to have an abortion but she decided to keep the child. She solved her problems by signing a seven-year exclusive contract with Franco Cristaldi's production company Vides.
  • 1956
    Age 17
    As a teenager she was described as "silent, weird, and wild", and like other girls of her generation was fascinated by Brigitte Bardot who came to prominence in the 1956 film And God Created Woman, directed by Roger Vadim.
    More Details Hide Details Cardinale's first film work was participating, along with classmates, in a short film by French director René Vautier, Anneaux d'or, successfully presented at the Berlin Film Festival. The film made her a minor local celebrity, and led to her being spotted by Jacques Baratier who offered her a minor role in Goha. She accepted it reluctantly after Baratier explained he wanted a Tunisian actress rather than an Italian to star in the main role opposite the Egyptian actor Omar Sharif. The appearance nonetheless marked her feature film debut.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1938
    Born
    Claudia Cardinale was born Claude Joséphine Rose Cardinale in La Goulette, a neighborhood of Tunis, French protectorate of Tunisia on 15 April 1938.
    More Details Hide Details Her mother, Yolande Greco, was born in Tunisia to Sicilian emigrants from Trapani. Her maternal grandparents had a small shipbuilding firm in Trapani but later settled in La Goulette, where there was a large Italian community. Her father, Francesco Cardinale, was a railway worker, born in Gela. Her native languages were French, Tunisian Arabic, and the Sicilian language of her parents. She did not learn to speak Italian until she had already begun to be cast for Italian films. Cardinale was educated at the Saint-Joseph-de-l'Apparition school of Carthage which she attended along with her younger sister Blanche. She then studied at the Paul Cambon School, where she graduated with the intention of becoming a teacher.
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